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Advent Week Four: Christmas Eve

Years ago, I was ministering at Peshawbestown, a reservation on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It was Christmas Eve. Father and I had finished setting out gifts for the children in the hall adjacent to the church. A young couple entered the…

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Advent Week Three

Advent is my favorite season of the Church Year.  I love all the Advent Hymns, especially “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”  My parish is using the refrain “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel” as the response to…

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Advent Week Two

In reading the scripture for today, my soul yearns for the promises of kindness, peace, joy and comfort expressed in the words. The Lord comes to me and to you in these syllables of grace unfolding much like the readings.…

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Advent Week One

[Jesus said] What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!'” Mark 13:37 “Watch”  This warning has been sounded in our ears many times over the course of our lives. Sometimes it heralded something wondrous: “Watch what happens when we…

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Third Week of Advent

The candle we light this week is the candle of joy…the rose within the purple candles. This is my favorite of the themes. In this season of Advent, of anticipation, joy is surely a sign of our preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus!
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