Christmas Week 2016

Remember, Christmas is not just a day; it is a season! Psalm 8 • Numbers 6:22-27 • Galatians 4:4-7 • Hebrews 2:10-18 • Luke 2:15-21 • Matthew 2:12-23 • Revelation 21:1-6 Christmas is not over! Celebrating the incarnation of Jesus the Christ has just begun. We will need all of 2017 to make sense of it;…

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Stealing for Advent

This is a guest post from Josh Wigdahl. It is an excellent reflection on Advent.  And so, in the season of advent, with the spirit of longing, expectation, and hoped-for-fulfillment guiding our hearts, I offer you this, my second post to this blog. May it fulfill all of your hopes. There are two things I…

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Advent 4 ~ December 17, 2016

“Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14 Ps 80:1-7, 17-19 • Isaiah 7:10-16 • Romans 1:1-7 • Matthew 1:18-25 As each week of Advent passes, joy makes a greater appearance. The anticipation of the season is not complete but it is coupled with greater hopefulness,…

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Advent 3 ~ December 10, 2016

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior…” – Mary the Mother of Jesus Luke 1:46b-55 • Isaiah 35:1-10 • James 5:7-10 • Matthew 11:2-11 The Magnificat is Mary’s song. She sings it after she is visited by her cousin Elizabeth, herself pregnant with John the Baptist. The song fits perfectly…

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Advent 2 ~ December 3, 2016

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light…” – Isaiah 9:2  Psalm 72 • Isaiah 11:1-10 • Romans 15:4-13 • Matthew 3:1-12 During Advent we wait. In this time we recall Israel’s longing for the Messiah, and we learn to yearn for the second coming—the end of history as we know it and…

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Advent 1 ~ November 26, 2016

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.” – Isaiah 9:2 Psalm 122 • Isaiah 2:1-5 • Romans 13:11-14 • Matthew 24:36-44 The season of Advent is ingeniously placed at the time of year with the shortest days. It is the darkest time of year. During our Advent services we read from the dark…

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Christmas Eve ~ December 24

Readings for Christmas Eve, 2015:  Isaiah 9:2-7 • Psalm 96 • Titus 2:11-14 • Luke 2:1-20 How God does what he does is as important as what God does. Christmas is a potent reminder of this truth. It is not merely that God has become man, that Christ has become flesh. It is the way in which…

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