Overshadowed by Love
Luke 2:1-20 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to […]
Advent Devotion: Moving towards Joy
Like good poetry, Advent has a kind of movement to it, drawing us closer and closer to the light that shines in the darkness, Jesus.
Advent 2: Comfort and Peace
During the second week of Advent, we welcome God’s comfort and peace to our suffering world, even as we prepare for Christ through our repentance and acts of justice.
Advent Devotion: Hope
Isaiah is calling on God to interrupt the status quo, to literally tear through the veil that separates heaven and earth. During Advent we too ask God to interrupt the status quo, both of our world and our lives.
Week 4 Advent Devotional
Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. … For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting […]
Advent Devotional, Week 3
The text for this devotional is Isaiah 35:1-10. In the Ancient World, there was a great road called the King’s Highway. It was one of the most important trade routes of that time, beginning in Egypt and winding its way east through other nations, including what would become Israel. It is likely that that the […]
Advent Devotional Week 2
The text for this devotional is from Isaiah 11:1-10. As we continue our journey in Advent, we are invited once again to place ourselves into the story as God’s expectant people. The prophet Isaiah continues to be our guide into what concrete hope and expectation look like. In this passage, the prophet longs for a […]
Advent Devotional, Week 1
For many churches, the annual Christmas pageant or nativity is an important tradition. But did you know that the first Christmas pageant was not performed until the 1200’s? It was St. Francis of Assisi who had the idea. Francis loved theater and drama, and thought that acting out the story of Christmas would be a […]
Good Friday Devotional
Worship at the Foot of the Cross, Brian Gorman Each Friday of Lent, we will be sending a brief meditation reflecting on themes of wilderness, prayer, and fasting. All the meditations are from Luke 4, the story of Jesus’s temptation in the wilderness. Luke 4:9-13 Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on […]
Lenten Devotion, Week 6
Lent, like Jesus’ ministry, is not a static season, but rather is funneling us towards the cross. Especially in the Synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), the story intensifies as Jesus enters Jerusalem and confronts both the Roman and Jewish authorities. Likewise, all of our fasting, prayer, and self-reflection is in preparation for Holy Week, […]