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Advent Word 6 - Fellowship

Posted by Rob McClellan on

How can we have fellowship when we have been kept so separate by this God-awful illness?  When we are to remain literally out of each other’s reach?  This is a question I carry into the season with no answer at the ready - none that would soothe you, or you would have found it...

Advent Word 5 - Rebuild

Posted by Rob McClellan on

We have rebuilt a building at this little church we call our home. And yet the beloved community is built whenever and however our relationship takes on the character of the Christ, when mutuality reigns, when recognition is the primary sight line, when blessing is the love language.  Too...

Advent Word 4 - Earth

Posted by Rob McClellan on

Jesus came to earth. We believe God shared fully with us in our earthiness Walked on soil Wiped bread crumbs from the face Drank wine and presumably delighted in it. Suffered ache and ecstasy of this earthly existence. “For God so loved the world...” we are told...the world...

Advent Word 3 - Strengthen

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Posted by Rob McClellan on

The word for today is “Strengthen.”  Notice, it is not “strength.”  It is not a static state.  It is not something we achieve, but a movement we invite. Strengthen, O God.  That can be our prayer. Notice, too, the prayer is not only to...

Advent Word 2 - Deliver

Posted by Bethany Nelson on

Often when we talk about God or Jesus as "deliverer," it is about humanity getting delivered FROM something.  Usually from sin or from evil.  The very familiar line of the Lord's Prayer, for example, says, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."  I am glad to...

Advent Word 1 - Tender

Posted by Bethany Nelson on

The first word of this Advent season is “tender.”  I’m guessing this refers to the precious, tender baby Jesus.  Or perhaps to the tender way Jesus’ parents cared for him after his birth, even in a difficult situation.  When I hear the word tender, though...

Advent Word 2020

Posted by Bethany Nelson on

Advent begins on November 29!  Just as we did last year, we will post a reflection each day of Advent based on the "Advent Word" list that is used by churches nation-wide.  Everyone is welcome to participate!  If there is a word that resonates with you, you are invited to create a...

Advent Word 24 - Beloved

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Posted by Bethany Nelson on

My reflection on today’s Advent word – our last of the season – is short and sweet. You are beloved. Just as God spoke to Jesus as he was baptized, proclaiming, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased,” God also speaks that to each one of us. In the...

Advent Word 23 - Message

Posted by Bethany Nelson on

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to teach our Sacred Stories class with our Pre-K through 2nd graders.  Throughout the Advent season, they have learned about all of the people who show us the way to Bethlehem.  The first week, they learned about the prophet Isaiah.  The second...

Advent Word 22 - Restore

Posted by Bethany Nelson on

My family has been discussing the Advent Word each day, and when my son asked what today’s word is, I told him - “restore.” He responded, “Oh, like when Jesus restored hope in the people and taught them new ways of loving.” Well … yes … exactly. Thank...