God Moves In

“Before the creation of the world,” Ephesians tells us, God had a plan. Before you made plans to join us here in worship at Immanuel. Before the star in the sky led the Magi to Bethlehem. Before the prophets first heard the voice of God. Before the moon and the stars were set in the

God Prepares a Feast

How many of you ate too much this holiday season?  How many of you ate just enough?  You know, the thing about family gatherings, celebrations, and joyous events is that they are feast times in our lives. We gather around tables. We break bread. We share stories. And we experience life to its fullest.  

Can’t Keep Silent!

While the Advent journey takes us through an emotional rollercoaster of joy, fear, humility, and anticipation, there is no other emotion to guide the days after Christmas than pure celebration.  Each of the readings for this time of Christmas call us to take a deep breath of relief, to look around at the beauty of

Winter is Over!

Before our Christmas traditions took hold, there were other festivals in the northern hemisphere among folks who were tucked in for winter.  The crops had been harvested and stored, the work was done, and they celebrated…  But in one of the pieces I read this advent from a writer named Gayle Boss,  I was a

Inward, Outward, Upward

Since the first Sunday in November, we’ve been talking about the “Already” and the “Not Yet.” We’ve been waiting for the day, for the moment to arrive, when Christ is born again in our hearts and minds and lives. But it is a kind of paradoxical waiting, because God has already entered human history through

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This Christmas mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone