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13 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 1: 20 - 25) - Nina Nicholson

What stands out for me in this passage is the silence and the seclusion. Zechariah is silent, struck mute by the vision in the sanctuary announcing good news he couldn't believe. Then after his wife Elizabeth becomes pregnant in her old age, she chooses to seclude herself even though she believes and rejoices. Read more

12 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 1: 5 - 20) - Amy Cox-Martins

In the above passage Zachariah and his wife are approached by the Arch Angel Gabriel and given a message that would change their lives. Despite Elizabeth's advanced age, Gabriel announces she will have a baby boy. They are to name him John. But when Zachariah doubted this could be true he was told to be silent until the miracle occurs. Read more
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11 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Isaiah 40: 1- 11) - Sharon McSorley

“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God…..”  Read more
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10 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Isaiah 11: 1 - 9) - Lindsay McHugh

In this passage, quoted from the King James Version of the bible, we read Isaiah’s prophesy of the Messiah’s coming.  Read more
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9 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Isaiah 60: 1 - 5) - Aleeda Crawley

Sometimes is appears that we are swallowed by darkness; bad news every day from multiple quarters. However, if we take the time to look, there is always a glimmer of love and light somewhere. Read more
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8 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Isaiah 7: 10-15) - Valyrie Laedlein

Wow.  King Ahaz – and presumably we – are given permission, no, actually we’re given a directive, to ask for signs from the Lord our God.  Indeed, it sounds from this passage as if we are most vexing when we fail to ask for such a sign. Read more
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7 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Isaiah 64: 1-9a) - Ruth Davies

It is striking that this passage is both hopeful and forlorn, and thus desperately plaintive.  Isaiah pleads to God to "rend the heavens and come down," yet ends by acknowledging that God has "hid (his) face from us." Read more
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6 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Jeremiah 31: 31 - 34) - Kirk Petersen

I struggled with this reading, as I often do with the Old Testament. The God of the Old Testament is arbitrary and capricious, and sometimes vengeful. This passage is fairly tame, but still it features God changing the rules and singling out one small tribe for special treatment. Read more
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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