Thought of the Week

ADVENT 3

 December 16, 2018    
ADVENT 3
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

We light the third candle on the Advent wreath.  Its theme is ‘joy’.

We now decorate Advent in blue, but many faith communities continue the long-time practice of decorating Advent in purple.  On wreaths in such communities, there are three purple candles and one pink candle.  The pink candle is not the last but the third one in the sequence.

Sunday, February 14 - Lent 1

February 14, 2016
FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

Temptation.

That is the familiar way we enter this Lenten season.  After all, we are all well-acquainted with temptation: alcohol, power, drugs, sex, food, money.    All those ‘means’ are ways we seek to use stuff – and people -- to our own benefit. 

Ash Wednesday - February 10

February 10, 2016
ASH WEDNESDAY
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
 

The season of Lent begins.  Roughly 40 days.  Historically, a time of ‘giving up’ something as an expression of faith and of standing with the central figure of these days: Jesus.

Our theme this Lent asks us to consider whether the journey of these days is done out of fear and terror or out of gratitude and love. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016 - Epiphany 2

January 17, 2016
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

This week’s thought begins with one of my prejudicial perspectives about contemporary Christianity.  I believe it is way too focused on the individual and on the individual person’s relationship with God.  Faith becomes a journey mainly of me-and-Jesus.    I find that to be kind of a sinful, self-focused reinterpretation of God’s great grace and love that, John declares, was given for the world!

Sunday, January 3, Christmas 2

January 3, 2016
CHRISTMAS 2         
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
 

Yes, Christmas 2, the second Sunday after Christmas.  We are still in the Christmas season.  Which after all does have 12 days, as the song reminds us.

Do you like the excitement of the holidays or do you yearn to return to normal routine?

Sunday, December 24 - The Nativity of the Lord - Christmas Eve

December 24, 2015
NATIVITY OF OUR LORD, CHRISTMAS EVE
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
 
We rejoice in the marvel of “God with us”.

 As in our own families, the pregnant waiting is accomplished.

 The Child is born. Our lives are forever changed.

As with our own families, ‘God with us’ is not just a gift, it is also a privileged responsibility: to bear, care for, and carry the Child.

 Blessed ‘God-with-us’ and a very merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 20, Advent 4

December 20, 2015
ADVENT 4
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

All through this Advent season we have been reflecting on our standing with God as we prepare for God.

Some of us may have a rather inflated opinion of our standing.  We read our Bibles every day; we share in worship every week; we give our time and money; we serve on committees.  We….we….we…….

Sometimes, such an emphasis on ‘we’ and on our goodness can shut out the goodness of God as central.

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