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Advent

Nothing to Give [First Wednesday of Advent]

Isaiah 25: 8-10 The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces;  the reproach of his people he will remove from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.  On that day it will be said:  “Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the LORD for whom we looked; let us rejoice […] Read more…

We Wait [First Tuesday of Advent]

Isaiah 11:1-4 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.  And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,  the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,  the Spirit of counsel and might,  the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.  And his delight […] Read more…

Bearing Together [First Monday of Advent]

Psalm 145—The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that He has made. I like bringing people food.  Namely soup. If you know me, that doesn’t surprise you.  I like to cook and I love to cook […] Read more…

Let It Be, [First Sunday of Advent]

Psalm 119:  I call with all my heart; Lord, hear me.  I will keep your commands. I call upon you, save me and I will do your will. I rise before dawn and cry for help.  I hope in your word. My eyes watch through the night to ponder your promise. When the angel spoke […] Read more…

the gifts of Advent

I almost fear telling you this because you will seriously know how CRAZY I have been, even from childhood. Every single Christmas morning that I can remember, I would wake up at midnight, or 1am, or if my mom was lucky—at 2am. READY TO OPEN PRESENTS. And she was so kind and unable to tell […] Read more…

5 Courageous Things You Can Do On the Darkest Days

We had our boy this weekend which meant it was legos and books and golf cart rides and running and screaming through the house all the live long day.  The best kind of chaos in my humble opinion. It also meant that I took a much needed weekend break from internet world. Don’t worry, it […] Read more…

Our Simple Advent & an Introduction to The Church Year

(Click here to print the church year calendar—our church is using Series B 2014-2015 this  year so you can follow along with the readings for today and all the Sundays of Advent.) Today is the first Sunday of the new church year and the first Sunday of Advent.  I’ve been in a liturgical church that […] Read more…

Why We Need Advent So Desperately (Week 1)

The time of Advent,  that begins today, is a time of prayerful, repentant and  joyous  waiting. Our most gracious God, we pray for your blessings as we begin our Advent journey. Turn our hearts toward You. Forgive us our selfish preoccupations. Quiet us with Your words of comfort, peace and hope.  And as we anticipate […] Read more…