Repent You Hypocrite

The most underappreciated element of Advent and Christmas is repentance. John the Baptist preceded Jesus with the message to Israel for "a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins." And this year more than most I think of the need for repentance in preparing for Jesus' arrival at Christmas. I know this is in... Continue Reading →

What do I Expect?

There are just times in life where I resonate with Charlie Brown, I ask, “Advent is a time of expectation and anticipation, but what am I expecting?” And I hear in response, “Well Christmas …Duh.” I look around and I ask, “Is that what everyone else is expecting?” “Well, yes.” “So, these people burning themselves... Continue Reading →

A Pinpoint of Light

Though originally used to describe Thanksgiving I think Lydia Maria Child’s words apply equally well to Advent: Over the river, and through the wood—and straight through the barnyard gate, We seem to go extremely slow, it is so hard to wait! For almost two-thousand years now the Church has been waiting, waiting for the appearance... Continue Reading →

Stir Up Sunday

A somewhat lesser known holiday in the Church falls on the last Sunday of the Church calendar, November 22 this year, Stir-up Sunday. Stir-up Sunday gets its name from the Anglican collect for the day: Stir up; we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit... Continue Reading →

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