Monthly Archives: December 2017

“Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory!”

Text: Luke 2:21-40 (Jesus presented at the Temple) “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!” This line, taken from the anti-slavery anthem “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” was the last sentence of the last … Continue reading

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The stillpoint of the year

Text: Luke 2:1-20 (the birth of Jesus) Was 2017 a good year for you? As always, I found much to love in pretty much every day of the year now passing, even as I found it filled with many things … Continue reading

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Music of the spheres

Text: Luke 2:1-20 (the birth of Jesus) Some churches and faith traditions don’t sing. One wing of the Reformation argued that only the 150 Psalms of the Hebrew Bible could be sung in church. Happily, most churches sing and this … Continue reading

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Fools, feasts, and games of thrones

Text: Luke 1:26-56 (the miraculous conception of Jesus) “You have deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places.” Every December, we hear these words of Mary as she prepares to give birth to Jesus. Her … Continue reading

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Advent without ceasing?

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:5-11, 16-18 (“Pray without ceasing”) Every Advent, the following debate surfaces: is Christmas secular or religious? Today, we are in the middle of Advent, a season that includes the four Sundays before Christmas. And while the retail … Continue reading

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