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Seasons of Light

Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany hang together wonderfully as a unit of the church year. As Advent and December marched on, we all felt the gathering darkness as the days shortened and the nights lengthened. We pushed back this darkness by lighting extra candles, decorating our worship spaces and houses with lights, and by singing songs…

Transfiguration of our Lord Preview

Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (Mark 9:5) The Sundays after Epiphany began with Jesus’ baptism and end with three disciples’ vision of his transfiguration.  In Mark’s story of Jesus’ baptism, apparently…

Godly Light of All Kinds

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL week of Epiphany 1 A small shaft of light reflecting off a small mirror … a candle offering dim light in the corner of a dark room … the sun’s rays beating down on your back as you work in your yard … a headlight shining into your car as you drive on…

Light in Darkness

Every December (sometimes starting on the last Sunday in November), we in the church begin a season of preparation, Advent. This odd time seems so counter-cultural these days. With Christmas and other holiday decorations creeping out earlier and earlier, carols blaring from mall speakers, and radio stations infesting our cars with sentimental words about roasting…

Do You See Me Now?

Last week I had the privilege of leading the local SHARE burial service over St. Joseph’s Cemetery.  SHARE of Lancaster is an organization whose primary value statement on their website is this:  “We value the right of all families to have all of their children recognized as unique and beautiful human persons— both those who…

Be the Light

TRADITIONAL SERMON Transfiguration Sunday Two weekends ago while on retreat with our high school youth at camp Nawakwa, I had the chance to lead a hike to Upper Temple at 10:00 on Saturday night. In my years of retreat leadership at Nawakwa, I’ve been to Upper Temple dozens of times – most of them at…

The Shine Man

Email Devotion christmas day In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. In place of a regular devotion this week, I simply offer you a great story called “The Shine Man” by Mary Quattlebaun Hear that rickety-rack of wheels over track?  Hear the cry of the train?  Oh, it takes me…