Weekly Ponderings

December 2016

Christmas Celebrations

It’s the day before Christmas Eve.  I hope all of your preparations for personal and family celebrations have been made or will be made by the end of tonight so that we can calm and center ourselves tomorrow as we celebrate the hope of Christmas.  We have two Christmas Eve Services planned for Saturday.  The first service is our 7:00 p.m. Family Service.  During this service we will celebrate the small gifts we have given or plan to give to the baby Jesus during this...


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Signs, Signs, Signs

As I’ve studied our Biblical texts (Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matthew 11:2-6) for this Sunday I was reminded of the song “Signs.” “Signs”, was originally written and recorded by the Five Man Electrical Band in 1971.  Obviously, that’s not when I first heard it.  I first heard it when the heavy metal band Tesla covered it in 1990.  The original chorus was, “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blockin’ out the scenery breakin’ my mind, do...


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Where to Find Hope?

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   Last Sunday we began our Advent Journey together.  Recall that Advent is a time to prepare ourselves with great care to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  We described this Advent journey as a journey filled with hope.  This Sunday we’ll explore where we might find and experience hope as we get moving on our Advent Journey.  Hope!  In the great meditation on love found in I Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul writes,...


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