Advent 12/1/22 Sacred Time
on December 1st, 2022
See JesusThursday, December 1John 1:19-23 (NRSV)This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed and did not deny it, but he confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us hav...
Advent 11/30/22 Sacred Time
on November 30th, 2022
Living in SacrednessWednesday, November 30Isaiah 40:1-8 (NRSV)Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our ...
Advent 11/29/22 Sacred Time
on November 29th, 2022
Tuesday, November 29Psalm 124 (The Message)If God hadn’t been for us—all together now, Israel, sing out!—If God hadn’t been for uswhen everyone went against us,We would have been swallowed aliveby their violent anger,Swept away by the flood of rage,drowned in the torrent;We would have lost our livesin the wild, raging water.Oh, blessed be God!He didn’t go off and leave us.He didn’t abandon us def...
Advent 11/28/22 Sacred Time
on November 28th, 2022
Hope and FaithMonday, November 28Genesis 8:1-11(NRSV)But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and all the domestic animals thatwere with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waterssubsided; the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, therain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters gradually receded from the earth.At the end of o...
Advent 11/27/22: Sacred Time
on November 27th, 2022
Isaiah 2:1-5(The Message translation)The Message Isaiah got regarding Judah and Jerusalem:There’s a day comingwhen the mountain of God’s HouseWill be The Mountain—solid, towering over all mountains.All nations will river toward it,people from all over set out for it.They’ll say, “Come,let’s climb God’s Mountain,go to the House of the God of Jacob.He’ll show us the way he worksso we can live the wa...
Introduction to Advent 2022
on November 23rd, 2022
Welcome to the Season of Advent. At the core of Advent’s purpose is the discipline of patient, watchful anticipation. In the season of Advent, we practice watching and waiting. Most of us these days are pretty lousy at waiting. We live in a world where the economy is based on shrinking the space between feeling a desire and satisfying it. We expect our food to come quickly, our mail orders to arri...