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Day Twenty Four: The Morning After

Psalm 148 Jeremiah 26:1-9,12-15 Acts 6:8-15; 7:51-60 It’s the morning after …. For some that means headaches, or hangovers, or a house to clean up; for others something entirely more dire as we weigh up what happened last night and what needs to come next to get ourselves out of […]

Day Twenty Three: Light Dawns

Isaiah 62:6-12 Psalm 97 Titus 3:4-7 Luke 2:8-20 As we embarked on our Advent journey, I offered the simple story of how my children used to mark their birthdays with the words: The earth goes round the sun, The earth goes round the sun, Three hundred and sixty five days […]

From Advent to Epiphany

For many, Christmas has – at best – a tenuous connection to the Christ child. Some Christians refuse to celebrate the season because of the pagan practices that have influenced it and/or its historical inaccuracy. Others really struggle with how to keep the season centred around the coming of Immanuel […]

incarnation: tangible God

The people who walked in darkness     have seen a great light. For those who lived in a land of deep shadows—     light! sunbursts of light! For a child has been born—for us!     the gift of a son—for us! He’ll take over     the running of the world. His names will be: […]

Beyond Christmas

Over this season we celebrate not some distant, historical event, but the recurring truth through which we live each day with hope and courage: God is with us! In the midst of our joys and our triumphs: God is with us! In bread broken with family and friends, and stories […]

Watchmen on the wall

It’s an old fear. One which countless children eventually grow out of. One which few adults will ever admit to having. Fear of the dark – and of the unknown, the unseen, that lurks within it. A fear so common that an entire movie genre has spawned from it – […]

There’s a Light upon the mountains

Each Christmas our lectionary readings take us into familiar territory with its inherent danger of boredom and stagnation. Yet as I skimmed the oft-thumbed pages, two songs of my childhood emerged and merged within my imagination bringing a forth a new song of praise and wonder reflected in the liturgy for […]