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23 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 2: 21 - 32) - Cheryl Notari

Tonight, I was driving home from work and wondering how I was going to fit everything in before Christmas day. We still had a lot of preparation to be done, wrapping last minute gifts, cleaning the house, baking cookies, and preparing food. Christmas Eve is only a few days away.  With my head spinning, I made a slight detour and stopped at a life size crèche that a local Roman Catholic church puts up every year. Read more
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22 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 2: 8 - 14) - Barbara Bickart

I love this passage.  I love that the first response the shepherds have is one of fear.  They are fearful of what they do not recognize, of what is new, unknown to them. Read more

21 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Isaiah 6: 1 - 11) - David Sard

A Meditation on Isaiah 6, 1 - 11: It is a sign of something that Bernie asked me to write on this passage.  Growing up in a home without  organized religion, but one that was heavily loaded with the most idealistic expectations, I thought a lot about God and his existence or non-existence. Read more
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20 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 2: 15 - 20) - Judith Stark

Shepherds? I was hoping that my assigned text would include sheep and shepherds.  And, lo and behold, it does!  Read more
Dan Mitchell Photo

19 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 2: 1 - 7) - Dan Mitchell

This Gospel passage from Luke is the only Gospel that provides the details of the birth of Jesus and we are all intimately familiar with it as it is often proclaimed during Christmas Eve services.  Read more
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18 - DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Hebrews 1:1-12) - Meg Persechetti

This passage speaks of the miraculousness of life. The life of baby Jesus put into creation by his Father and the miraculousness of the earth and the Heavens. It is all a miracle. Read more
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17 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 1: 57 - 80) - Richard Franco

Luke 1:57-80 tell the story of the John the Baptist’s birth. I have always been drawn to John the Baptist for two reasons: the first is what his role was in the story of Christianity. And the second, is that my oldest brother, who passed away in 2001, was named after John the Baptist. I want to reflect on each of these a bit. Read more
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16 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 1: 47 - 56) - Emily Regas

This passage, Mary's song, has always intrigued me. In a past Christmas pageant, I was dancing the part of Mary and had to interpret her song into movement. In studying the text, I found many commentaries stating that in this passage Mary possessed a mood of joy. That interpretation ended up influencing my choreography - creating moments of lightness, caring, love, and joy. It wasn’t about telling the story at that point, it was about rejoicing. Read more
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15 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 1: 39 - 46) - Ron Garner

When the call recently went out for St. Georgians to share their thoughts about Advent, I hardly believed it appropriate for me to participate.  By nature I am one whose typical modus operandi is to keep moving forward, not looking back.  I have now, however, come to appreciate the instructive andhealing value of meditation and reflection.  Read more
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14 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 1:26-38) - Ulysses Dietz

The Birth of Jesus Foretold “Oh, highly favored lady.” Poor Mary. Imagine, if you will, a virginal teenager, betrothed to an older man (not necessarily an old man, but not a kid), and getting this message from an angel. Yikes. Cognitive dissonance, anyone? Read more