Monthly Archives: December 2015

The many true meanings of Christmas

Text: Luke 2:1-20 (the birth of Jesus) The church office has been very quiet for the past two weeks, which puzzles me since Christmas is such a busy time for those of us involved in worship. For instance, we had … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The shadows of Christmas and the blessings of winter

Reflection offered at a “Longest Night” service on December 21, 2015 For me, the winter solstice is almost as sacred as Christmas Eve. Tonight, the solstice occurs just before 10 pm. It is the moment in the earth’s year-long journey … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The joys of December

Advent and Christmas are both about joy. But they show us different sides of that emotion. At Christmas, we mark the birth of a child who is also a saviour; we celebrate the return of light after the winter solstice; … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Repentance and peace

Texts: Malachi 3:1-4 (a refiner’s fire); Luke 3:1-18 (John the Baptist) “When they said repent, repent, I wonder what they meant.” That is the refrain of a 1992 Leonard Cohen song called “The Future.” I first encountered Cohen’s song twelve … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment