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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 7 - Luke 2 (Judith Stark)

The Fear Factor - Occupying authorities, coercive registration, uncertain travel, a pregnant woman . . .this could be a story of our own time.  How tempting to read this tale in terms of the end of the story that we know so well:  the baby Jesus who becomes the glorious Christ.  To do so insulates us from the fear that must have gripped the hearts of Joseph and Mary and dogged their steps en route from Nazareth to the stable in Bethlehem. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 6 - Luke 2 (Richard Franco)

"In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David." Luke 2 begins our story of the birth of Jesus, and what a fitting set of readings to be part of the Advent season. There will be much more about the events leading up to Jesus' birth in the meditations that follow this one, so to kick things off, I would like to focus on Joseph. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 5 - Luke 1 (Barbara Bickart)

"Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God." Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her." Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 4 - Luke 1: 29 - 33 (Sylvester Ekeunwe)

Have you ever heard something that you thought could not be possible? How, then, do you react or process it? Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 3 - Luke 1:26 (Bridget Hughes)

"In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 2 - Isaiah 11: 6-9 (Kathy Carliner)

The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 1 - Isaiah 11: 1-3a (Dan Mitchell)

As Jesse was King David’s father, the Book of Isaiah metaphorically speaks about ancestry and the proclamation of the coming of Jesus as a descendant from King David. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Nov 30 - Isaiah 9:2 (Linsday McHugh)

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined. For a child has been born for us, a son has been given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Nov. 29 - Genesis 22 (Valyrie Laedlein)

The angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, "By myself I have sworn, says the LORD: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore." Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Nov. 28 - Genesis 3 (Lancey Clough)

Genesis 3: He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” The Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me and I ate.” Read more