The Days of Christmas: Creating Hygge in our Midst

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Throughout Advent, the theme of Learning to Walk in the Dark by the luminous light of the moon & star-lit nights ushered us into the culmination of experiencing the Christ Child being birthed into our hearts once again on Christmas Eve when over 200 of us filled this sanctuary with joy & hope & music […]

The 200th Anniversary of Silent Night

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Every Christmas Eve, outside a small chapel in Oberndorf, a picture-postcard village in the foothills of the Austrian Alps, thousands of carolers bundle up against the cold to sing the world’s most-beloved Christmas carol. Amid sparkling lights, and a star-filled sky, two men strumming a guitar, stand in front of the chapel to sing, “Stille […]

Advent III: Learning to Walk in the Dark: by Starlight

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Our theme throughout Advent has been Learning to Walk in the Dark by the luminous light of the moon or starlight. Throughout scripture, we find multiple references to God’s creation in the night sky. Psalm 8:3  “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in […]

Advent II: Learning to Walk in the Dark: The Black Madonna

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  Alfred Burt, an American jazz musician, wrote an annual Christmas carol every year, to send out to friends and family, in a Christmas Card greeting.  A few of his carols have become well known including one written not long before his death at the age of 34 in 1954. It goes like this: Caroling, […]

Advent I: Learning to Walk in Dark

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Isaiah 45:3 And I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, which call you by your name, am the God of Israel. Psalm 139 Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence? If I go […]

The Challenging Call to Compassion

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Today is Reign of Christ Sunday, also known as Christ the King Sunday.  It is the final week of the liturgical year, in which we celebrate the coming reign of Christ, and tie His role as our spiritual leader into the season of Advent, which begins next Sunday.  Or, at least, that’s what the internet […]

The Politics of Gratitude or Gratitude as Grace

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We are in a two week sermon series on Gratitude – using Diana Butler Bass’s book: Grateul: The transformative Power of Giving Thanks.  Have you ever been in a gratitude loop of saying or expressing thank you.  One of my clergy colleagues, Elizabeth Ingram Schindler told this story in a sermon, of visiting in a friend’s […]

Gratitude: The Power of Giving Thanks

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Some of you are aware that I am attending the Academy for Spiritual Formation that meets once a quarter for a week at San Damiano, a Franciscan Conference Center. At the Academy every morning we would open our hoarse voices with a song phrase – O God open our lips, and we shall declare your praise. […]

Blind Bartimaeus

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At the beginning of this section in Mark, we are told that Jesus and his disciples are on THE WAY in Mark 8:27. The earliest Christians were called “followers of the way.” They are approaching the end of their travels. They’re at Jericho, on the edge of Jerusalem. It is on the way that the disciples […]