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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 15 - Matthew 2 (Brian Bamforth)

When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 14 - Matthew 2 (Lynne Lewis)

So Herod called the visitors from the East to a secret meeting and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem with these instructions:
"Go and make a careful search for the child: and when you find him, let me know, so that I too may go and worship him." Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 13 - Matthew 2 (Ulysses Dietz)

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage." Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 12 - Mattnew 2 (Emily Regas)

When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:  "And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.' " Read more

ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 11 - Matthew 2 (Sharon McSorley)

"In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we have observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 10 - Luke 2 (Nina Nicholson)

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 9 - Luke 2 (Kirk Petersen)

(The Angel said,) "Behold-- I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!" Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 8 - Luke (Cheryl Notari)

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; Read more
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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