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Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding!

Posted by Jason, December 16, 2015

The past few weeks in choir rehearsals, as we have begun our practice time by reviewing hymns for the upcoming Sunday, I have regularly remarked "Gosh, isn't this a great hymn?!"  I hold the belief that the Advent section of hymns in the Hymnal 1982, is the richest section found in the book.

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Now We Wait

Posted by Matthew, December 9, 2015

Growing up, Advent was a thrilling though exceedingly long four weeks. As a child, I eagerly counted down the days to Christmas, wishing the day would get here sooner. I’d learned that Advent was meant to be a time of preparation for Jesus’ coming, but all I knew was that time seemed to come to a halt each December. Christmas never seemed to come quickly enough. I had to wait.

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What Will You Notice Today?

Posted by John, December 8, 2015

The time of Advent and the days leading up to Christmas is a provocative time.  When I say, provocative, I do not mean the sensation of something provoking us, an irritant when the stressors of the season get under our skin.  But instead and in keeping with the Latin root of the word, provocative (pro-vocare) this is a time to “to call forth” raise one’s voice for something, to lift up one’s voice in support of an issue, cause or concern. 

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Don't Push for Answers

Posted by Ann, December 2, 2015

Advent, which means “coming” in Latin, is the liturgical season that marks the four weeks leading up to Christmas. It is a time of waiting and preparation. We wait in anticipation of the birth of Christ. We prepare our hearts and souls and minds for the infusion of love and light that is coming soon.

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Too Much, Too Fast, Too Crazy

Posted by John, November 19, 2015

Advent, the time of preparation for the coming of our Lord at Christmas is an opportunity and a blessing.  By it we are invited to reset our calendars and priorities.  For some, however, beginning a new liturgical year the first Sunday of Advent (Thanksgiving weekend) represents the onset of hustle and bustle, the cacophony of musts and shoulds, as well as regret.  Too much, too fast, too crazy. 

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The Contradictions of Christmas

Posted by Melanie, December 24, 2014

Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming". Here we are, another Advent, we are just two days away from celebrating the birth of Jesus, the reason for the season as we sometimes hear it referred to. In life we go from being the children who are the recipients of much of the fuss and preparation to being the ones who do the preparing.

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A Little Advent Music

Posted by Jason, December 10, 2014

One of the many musical highlights for me each Advent is when I get the opportunity to play the three chorale preludes that Johann Sebastian Bach composed based on the tune Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (the tune that we know to Savior of the nations, come! Hymn #54 in The Hymnal 1982).

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Oh my friends, He comes, He comes!

Posted by Ann, December 24, 2013

Can you let go of the protective covering around your tender hearts? Can you let the shopping and the parties and the baking and the busyness be still now? 

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Make It Manifest!

Posted by Heather, December 18, 2013

This blog is based on the homily I preached at the 8:00 am service on December 15, 2013.

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A Healthy Advent

Posted by Pierce, December 11, 2013

You remember that business about your body being God’s temple? This Advent, perhaps we can be kind to our bodies so that we may better enjoy the spiritual gifts that God is trying to send our way. Here is some advice I came across recently that could benefit many of us as we approach the season of Advent.

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