The Sunday before Christmas, Father Stewart announced from the pulpit that we had real live missionaries at Christmas Village. He said it like they were exotic animals. (Incidentally, there were also exotic animals at Christmas Village.)
The Sunday before Christmas, Father Stewart announced from the pulpit that we had real live missionaries at Christmas Village. He said it like they were exotic animals. (Incidentally, there were also exotic animals at Christmas ...Continue Reading
The first annual Festival of Lessons and Carols was a wonderful evening of worship and invitation. Over 650 people attended and walked through the readings and music that journeyed from Genesis towards the birth of Jesus. One of the high-points of the service came as we sang the last verse of “O Come, All Ye ...Continue Reading
As we prepare to walk down this final road leading to the manger, this last week of Advent no doubt looks different for each of us: some of us have runny noses to wipe and brains to wrack for dinner ideas; others have recalcitrant spreadsheets to wrestle into submission before shutting down the computer for a few days off. Some of us have heavy packs of sorrows and challenges that we have ...Continue Reading
As a child, I failed to comprehend the season of Advent. I got Lent. Lent is focused and determined; it strips us from the trappings of the temporal as we fix our eyes and desires on Jesus. Ah, but fickle Advent … was I supposed to be happy or sad? Cheerful or penitent? These emotions swirled like visions of Christmas gumdrops in my young mind, and during a season that should be ...Continue Reading
The first thing that strikes me when I read the Gospel of Luke is how familiar it is. The beginning words of Luke chapter two are standard Christmas fare; the Beatitudes roll of the tongue with ease; the parables are ones many of us grew up with in Sunday school. It is a proverbial companion with whom to journey comfortably through Advent.
Or so I catch myself thinking sometimes.
During Advent, the clergy at Resurrection have called us to read through the entire Gospel of Luke, which will be our main Gospel reading for the next year. To read more about reading Luke as a church, click here. The first thing that strikes me when I read the Gospel of Luke is how familiar it is. The beginning words of Luke chapter two are standard Christmas fare; the Beatitudes roll of the ...Continue Reading
Join us this Sunday evening, December 13 from 5-6:30 pm for our first annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, a historic church celebration and free Christmas concert featuring our adult choir, children’s choir, and orchestra. The Lessons & Carols service originally started in 1918 England, after World War 1. There’s even a prayer at the beginning of the service remembering the ...Continue Reading
My dear father-in law died the day after Thanksgiving. I adored him. He taught me to fly fish. Of all the friends and family excited about our book project, Back to the Manger – A Treasure Hunt for the Nativity he was beaming over it. So much beaming that I couldn’t wait to give him the book as a gift when we all met together in Connecticut for the ...Continue Reading