Psalm 148 Jeremiah 31:15-17 Matthew 2:13-18 In the Godly Play enrichment lesson entitled “The Mystery Of Christmas,” older children are introduced to a part of the Christmas story that is often left out. “It’s no wonder people do not tell this part,” the storyteller says. “It’s too sad. It’s called […]
Psalm 126 Habakkuk 3:2-6 Philippians 3:12-16 Here’s a fact that might stop you dead in your tracks: there are over thirty idioms containing the word “track” (I got side-tracked at thirty so I know there are more than that). Being from the right side or the wrong side of the […]
For use in congregations/communities who light a candle each Sunday in Advent leading up to Christmas following the traditional pattern of prophets (hope), Mary and Joseph (faith), shepherds (joy), angels (peace) and Jesus (love) … a simple poem/prayer in five parts with an additional “verse” to be said as a […]
Psalm 79 Micah 4:6-13 Revelation 18:1-10 “It’s so difficult, isn’t it? To see what’s going on when you’re in the absolute middle of something? It’s only with hindsight we can see things for what they are.” S.J. […]
As human beings we often cannot avert our eyes from the disasters that befall people living in places with shaky ground – earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis. Yet as we find ourselves on shaky ground through human decisions like BREXIT and the US elections, the challenge of Advent is to find a message of hope and comfort that rings true. Isaiah 40 invites us to surrender our own strength and be sure-footed in the promises and the faithfulness of the eternal God for whom we watch and wait.
Return to the fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. Zechariah 9:12 I am a prisoner of hope. Hope does not set me free; it binds me to the hard places, to the dry places, watching and waiting for […]