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5 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 1: 39-46) - Martha Gardner

How did Elizabeth know – how did she recognize – the divinity of Mary’s child? Read more
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4 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditaton (Genesis 3: 1-22) - Ken Boccino

In the Episcopal Church, the Bibles we generally for our readings and study are the Revised Standard Version (RSV) and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).  Why I thought this was important to today’s scripture is that each “story” in both these versions of the Holy Bible have “titles” and the title for this section is “The First and Sin and Its Punishment”.  The title along struck me as being rather grim and foreboding and not what might first come to mind in our preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior and the celebration of Christmas.  Read more
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3 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditaton (2: 4b-9, 15-25) - Lancey Clough

These three small paragraphs convey so much. More poetic than precise they tell of how we came into being. They are a close up look at our earliest relationship with YH*WH, the creator God. “As it was in the beginning, is now and will be for ever. Amen”, we pray. I close my eyes. I breathe in. I breathe out. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 24 - John 1 (Larry Jameson)

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.
John's verse was written with hindsight - not for the Bethlehem Herald News. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 23 - John:1 (Jessica Murphy)

"He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him." The first thing that comes to mind when I read this verse is the general feeling of being rejected, which is pretty awful. The more you love someone, the more devastating that rejection can be... and here Jesus was, going to his own chosen people, and he wasn't accepted. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 22 - John 1 (Amy Cox-Martins)

He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.  The true light which enlightens everyone was coming into the world.
I am very happy to have been given this passage from the Book of John. For a few reasons, in particular to take a look at the concept of "the light".  Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec 21 - John 1 (Kristen Mahoney)

He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
Light is a concept that started taking new meaning for me almost 11 years ago, when my first child was born. My husband, Whelan, and I had decided that if we had a daughter, we would name her Lucy, which means "light" (we just liked the name; the pleasant word origin was a happy coincidence). Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec 20 - John 1 (Jean Bleasdale)

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. This is such a profound message for this year, many people feel our society has been consumed by darkness. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 19 - John 1 (Marymae Henley)

"What has come into being in him is life, and the life was the light of all people." Existence versus life. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 18. - John 1 (Danny Rickard)

"He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and  without him not one thing came into being."
 I meditated on my passage and made it my mantra for the mediation (well because, honestly I wasn't sure what to do with it).  Read more