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The light shining in the darkness, that cannot be overcome Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 The lessons for this Sunday describe signs of God that appear in the midst of everyday life. Joseph was an example of faithfulness, even when the signs…(Read More)

Today is the 3rd Sunday in Advent, the Sunday designated with the theme of Joy. This seems like a difficult time to speak of Joy. The condition of our country is confusing and distressing, leaving us all feeling a new level of vulnerability. The condition of the planet seems more imperiled every day because of…(Read More)

The light shining in the darkness, that cannot be overcome Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10, Luke 1:46b-55, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 This Sunday’s lessons remind us that God’s nature is justice. In that sense, God has already lifted up the lowly. God has already…(Read More)

  The Light Shining in the Darkness, that Cannot be Overcome Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 This Sunday’s lectionary texts present the familiar vision of the peaceable kingdom: a place of harmonious coexistence of those who might seem like “natural” enemies…(Read More)

The Light Shining in the Darkness, that Cannot be Overcome Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 This Sunday’s lectionary texts surprise us with a vision of peace that breaks in, disrupting business as usual. Isaiah’s rousing vision of nations streaming to God’s mountain is…(Read More)

The Light Shining in the Darkness, that Cannot be Overcome During this time of Advent preparation for the birth of Jesus, I offer you a message of hope. This is a hope embodied in the spirit and will of all those who refuse to submit to the forces of oppression, violence and injustice, to the…(Read More)

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