Category Archives: Advent

Advent Theme: “Do Your Homework”

Jesus says, “Be prepared and stay awake because we know neither the day nor the hour.” Walking home from grade school there was no backpack for me. It wasn’t invented yet for children, just for military soldiers. For me it … Continue reading

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Scrooge: P,P&F

Pretend to be Scrooge for a few paragraphs.  Put on his heavy, black coat, sleeping cap and one faintly lit candle and seat in a dank room with a smoldering fire facing you. All right, don’t pretend; it’s not very … Continue reading

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Advent’s Inventory

Every grocery and department store knows exactly how much they have on display, in the back or awaiting arrival.  “A dollar is a dollar” and that hula hoop just doesn’t seem to be selling any longer. Advent is about collecting … Continue reading

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Advent: Joseph

The third starring character in our salvation story had the easiest job.  There were no lines to memorize or standing on marks to get the lights just right before filming begins.  Joseph just needed to be there.  He says nothing … Continue reading

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Advent: An “Act” of Wonder

The calendar tells us that the four weeks before Christmas has begun but our heart may be out of sync and we want to say Scrooge’s made up word.  You change the station when Andy sings what a “Wonderful Time … Continue reading

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Advent & Lent

The two most important Church seasons, both preparing us for two important events in Church history – the birth of Jesus and his resurrection. You don’t just stumble into glorious events in life.  There’s a preparation period or a period … Continue reading

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Advent: The Cow

What better way to begin this sacred season of Advent except with the beginning.  A cow.  It is the first of our Nativity characters to be seen because the cow’s has always been here.  This is her home.  This is … Continue reading

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Straw for Jesus

Joseph and Mary tried their best to prepare for their Bethlehem trip and be counted along with all the other Jews in the area.  (Why should they be left out of retirement benefits!)  Joseph smoked as many Old Gold cigarettes … Continue reading

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A Manger Blessing

Well, here they all are together and where are we? The darkest nights of the year are slowing brightened by this new small child; not a committee or council, not a book or government intervention.  A small child provides the … Continue reading

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“Behold,” Fourth Sunday of Advent

“Behold.”  The word says what it saw.  Underused but trustworthy.  The curtain’s been lifted.  There are no strings attached and there is no agenda.  Just that one, spoken word that startles you from whatever you were thinking or doing, “Behold.” … Continue reading

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