Christmas is Just the Beginning

Merry Christmas! When I was little, I was so excited about Christmas Day and wanted so badly for it to last forever that I actually wound up spending most of the day feeling sad that Christmas was almost over. And even as an adult, it kind of feels that way. We have four weeks of build-up. Four weeks of the prophets yelling at us to Wake up! Keep Watch! Prepare! Four weeks or, if you’re on the Target Christmas schedule, 10 weeks of shopping and decorating, and baking, and cursing the fact that you left all your wrapping til the last minute. Again. And then, we rush to the church on Christmas eve. And we sit in either the holy chaos of the Christmas Pageant, or the sacred stillness of the can

Love Came Down at Christmas

Love came down at Christmas. Love all lovely, love Divine. Love was born at Christmas Star and angels gave the sign. - Christina Rosetti (1830-1894) There are many beloved carols this time of year, the tune of this one – Love Came Down at Christmas - isn’t as widely known on this side of the pond – but oh, those words. With such elegant simplicity the English poet Christina Rosetti shares the good news of God’s gift this holy night. In my attempt to perk (all of) us up at this hour, after apps and cocktails and dinners and desserts and bubbly beverages - I’ll ask this question - How do you know this story we just heard is true? It isn’t like anything I’ve ever seen – except with movie m

Elizabeth's Story

We wouldn’t know it just by listening to this morning’s Gospel, but Elizabeth had a lot going on before Mary came to visit. The Gospel of Luke, written to “provide an orderly account” of all that had happened, begins NOT with the announcement of Jesus’ birth, but with that of John the Baptist. This is because, for Luke, particulars matter. So, let’s rewind about 6 months. Elizabeth is the wife of Zechariah, a priest in the Temple in Jerusalem. She lives near Hebron, the ancestral home of Abraham and Sarah, about 20 miles from Jersualem. She’s descended from the line of Aaron and so we can assume her whole life has been steeped in the rituals and teachings of the Temple. Luke tells us that sh

A Pragmatic Prophet

"You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?" - John the Baptist One of the hotly debated topics in homelitics classes in seminary – is how does one begin a sermon? “Please be seated” tends to be frowned upon, though sometimes its just necessary. The Trinitarian formula – In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – is a good standby, and reminds me of what I’m hoping to do. My favorite, but its kinda wordy – is what I just said – May the words of my mouth and the meditation of all our hearts be acceptable to you O God, our rock and our redeemer. From the psalms – it’s a prayer – and invites us to remember that while the preacher is doing the talking –

Prayer Prepares

Yesterday I joined with about 200 or more people in a joyful worship experience down in Alexandria. Do you know what makes for a joyful worship experience? Well prepared liturgy! We were gathered together to sing and pray and raise our hands and lay our hands on 8 men and women, Matt included – to ordain them priests in God’s one, holy, catholic and apostolic church – and we were done in under 2 hours! That is preparation. The preacher delivered an inspiring sermon which was definitely well prepared – on chapter 6 of Isaiah – where with an eagerness only the newly ordained know – the prophet Isaiah also raises his hand to say, “Here I am Lord, send me!” And yesterday, like every other ti

Christ is Coming. Now we Wait.

It happens to me every year. I do my best to hold off on putting up the Christmas decorations and listening to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. Because I do try to be a decent human being. Though some years I slip into the Christmas mood a little early. Because I am still human, after all. And because I shop at Target. I love Christmas. I love the lights, the smell of Christmas trees and freshly baked gingerbread. And who doesn’t love presents? And so, once I’ve cleaned up the last of the Thanksgiving dishes, I start decorating. I pull out the advent wreath and the garlands. I play the Charlie Brown Christmas album on repeat. Then, as the first Sunday of Advent rolls around, we co

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