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Advent

When you concentrate your focus on giving the gift of joy, fully allowing yourself to participate in the celebration of what God is doing in other people’s lives, you find joy yourself. […] Read More

In the company of purple and white candles, the pink candle of joy in the Advent wreath appears to be blushing. It’s a contrast to our culture, which seems to have lost the ability to blush. […] Read More

Alluring store displays pop up this holiday season to tempt us with things we think we need to give us joy. The Divine mystery, however, offers a joy that’s present even amid suffering and grief. […] Read More

For many, December is a daily struggle of personal grief. During Advent, come alongside those in your faith community who need to voice complaint, anger, grief and despair in prayer. […] Read More

On the second Sunday of Advent, we are reminded – as followers of the Prince of Peace – that to speak in favor of peace always demands finding a dissenting voice in a hostile world. […] Read More

Sermon development during Advent can be difficult for most preachers, especially on the topic of peace. A proclamation for peace from the pulpits can be detrimental to the preacher’s standing. […] Read More

In busy seasons of life like Advent, it’s all too easy to allow worry and anxiety to creep into your heart and mind, but kingdom-vision living removes the barrier that fear creates. […] Read More

Globally, there is more uncertainty and anxiety. Old alliances – political and economic – seem to be in flux. Yet, as we enter into Advent, we are encouraged to embrace hope. […] Read More

As we begin a new liturgical year, asylum-seekers are met at our southern border by soldiers and tear gas. If every congregation would commit to taking one family, the righteous work of hospitality could be done. […] Read More

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln reminds us that those who continually divide themselves will inevitably fall. More than ever, we need the hope and light of Christ to shine brightly in our world. […] Read More