Tag: Advent

Yearly devotions for the Advent season

Presences of Peace- Thursday, December 26th

ANGEL OF WARNING All too quickly, the party is over. We are back to the reality of the world, with all of its fear, jealousy, hatred, deceit, greed, and lust for power. And so we encounter the angel of warning, the one who comes… Continue Reading “Presences of Peace- Thursday, December 26th”

Christmas Day- Wednesday, December 25th

LIGHT AND LIFE TO ALL HE BRINGS* Light the Prophecy, Bethlehem, Shepherd and Angel Candles. John 1:1-5, 14-18 (NRSV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came… Continue Reading “Christmas Day- Wednesday, December 25th”

Presences of Peace- Tuesday, December 24th, Christmas Eve

THE ANNOUNCING ANGELS This wonderful, blessed, awesome night of nights is upon us! Christmas Eve- the night we celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Christ, our God-with-us! We revisit Luke 2, in which the angels proclaim their birth announcement to the shepherds, telling them… Continue Reading “Presences of Peace- Tuesday, December 24th, Christmas Eve”

Presences of Peace- Monday, December 23rd

ANGELS AMONG US Today we encounter angels of another kind: the strangers in our midst. A stranger is someone we do not know, or who has not experienced something, or who is in a new and unfamiliar place. We have all been among strangers,… Continue Reading “Presences of Peace- Monday, December 23rd”

Presences of Peace- Sunday, December 22nd

PEACE: THE ANGEL CANDLE Light the Prophecy, Bethlehem and Shepherd Candles. Luke 1:26-38 (NRSV) In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the… Continue Reading “Presences of Peace- Sunday, December 22nd”

Perceivers of Joy- Reflection; Saturday, December 21st

WEEK THREE- JOY: PERSONAL REFLECTION This week we took another look at several Bible passages about sheep and shepherds. Jesus blesses us as our dear Shepherd, as One who looks out for our good, who tends and guides us, who nurtures and protects us,… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Reflection; Saturday, December 21st”

Perceivers of Joy- Friday, December 20th

YOU AND I: SHEEP OF THE SHEPHERD As we wind up our week with the shepherds, learning how we might become Perceivers of Joy in these stories, today we turn our focus to us. How are we like sheep, and why do we need… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Friday, December 20th”

Perceivers of Joy- Thursday, December 19th

FEED MY SHEEP Today’s passage occurs after Jesus appears to his disciples after his resurrection. The disciples are fishing- but without any success- when Jesus calls to them from the shore. When they recognize Jesus, they hurry to him and find that he has… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Thursday, December 19th”

Perceivers of Joy- Wednesday, December 18th

THE LOST SHEEP Today’s parable is one that Jesus tells his followers shortly after he describes true greatness as becoming like humble children. He adds, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me” (Matthew 18:5). Jesus often tells his disciples- and is… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Wednesday, December 18th”

Perceivers of Joy- Tuesday, December 17th

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD Many of us can recite Psalm 23 by memory. This psalm has brought peace and comfort to many people, especially in times of illness, death or other hardships. What is it about the image of God as our Shepherd… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Tuesday, December 17th”