Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Last Christmas Eve

Text: Luke 2:1-20 (the birth of Jesus) “I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the words repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men!” This is the first verse of a … Continue reading

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Songs of love and justice

Text: Luke 1:26-56 (Mary’s song) In 2005, I joined a choir in Toronto called the “Bell’Arte Singers,” and that December, we presented a Christmas concert. The program booklet for the concert talked about our hopes for a world of greater … Continue reading

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Christmas mash-ups: a beloved tradition

The following reflection was one of five from a youth-service, which included a Christmas Quiz show — Ian Much of what we do during Advent and Christmas is based on traditions. They don’t have to be old. If a couple … Continue reading

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Radicalization and the roots of peace

Text: Mark 1:1-8 (John the Baptist prepares the way) I wonder what a spy agency would make of John the Baptist. He was a wild man who drew repentant crowds to the Jordan River where he baptized for the forgiveness … Continue reading

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