Mary and the Indwelling Word

Mary and the Indwelling Word

During the Sundays in Advent we will dwell in Mary’s story. Our focus scripture for this Receiving, Responding, Rejoicing season includes the encouragement to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16). No doubt, Mary is a wonderful witness to this...
Joy To The World

Joy To The World

“…with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God.”—Colossians 3:16 Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her king; let ev’ry heart prepare him room and heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n and nature sing,...
Secret Christmas

Secret Christmas

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things belong to us and to our children forever.” Deuteronomy 29:29 “The mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them, God chose to...
From Your Pastoral Team: The 12 Days of Christmas

From Your Pastoral Team: The 12 Days of Christmas

“In the hopeless time of sin, shadows deep had fallen. All the world lay under death. Eyes were closed in sleeping. But, when all seemed lost in night, came the sun whose golden light brings unending joy, brings the endless joy of our hope, highest hope, of our...
Needs vs. Wants

Needs vs. Wants

This time of year brings forward the concept of wants vs. needs. I remember as a child when the Sears Christmas catalog would arrive and I’m pretty sure I wanted just about everything in that catalog. I would look through the pages over and over to make sure I didn’t...

Our Advent Journey

As the dark awaits the dawn, so we await your light. O star of promise, scatter night, loving bright, loving bright, till shades of fear are gone. -ELW 261 “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” -Yoda...