Tag: Advent

Yearly devotions for the Advent season

Presences of Peace- Monday, December 23rd

ANGELS AMONG US Today we encounter angels of another kind: the strangers in our midst. A stranger is someone we do not know, or who has not experienced something, or who is in a new and unfamiliar place. We have all been among strangers,… Continue Reading “Presences of Peace- Monday, December 23rd”

Presences of Peace- Sunday, December 22nd

PEACE: THE ANGEL CANDLE Light the Prophecy, Bethlehem and Shepherd Candles. Luke 1:26-38 (NRSV) In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the… Continue Reading “Presences of Peace- Sunday, December 22nd”

Perceivers of Joy- Reflection; Saturday, December 21st

WEEK THREE- JOY: PERSONAL REFLECTION This week we took another look at several Bible passages about sheep and shepherds. Jesus blesses us as our dear Shepherd, as One who looks out for our good, who tends and guides us, who nurtures and protects us,… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Reflection; Saturday, December 21st”

Perceivers of Joy- Friday, December 20th

YOU AND I: SHEEP OF THE SHEPHERD As we wind up our week with the shepherds, learning how we might become Perceivers of Joy in these stories, today we turn our focus to us. How are we like sheep, and why do we need… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Friday, December 20th”

Perceivers of Joy- Thursday, December 19th

FEED MY SHEEP Today’s passage occurs after Jesus appears to his disciples after his resurrection. The disciples are fishing- but without any success- when Jesus calls to them from the shore. When they recognize Jesus, they hurry to him and find that he has… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Thursday, December 19th”

Perceivers of Joy- Wednesday, December 18th

THE LOST SHEEP Today’s parable is one that Jesus tells his followers shortly after he describes true greatness as becoming like humble children. He adds, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me” (Matthew 18:5). Jesus often tells his disciples- and is… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Wednesday, December 18th”

Perceivers of Joy- Tuesday, December 17th

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD Many of us can recite Psalm 23 by memory. This psalm has brought peace and comfort to many people, especially in times of illness, death or other hardships. What is it about the image of God as our Shepherd… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Tuesday, December 17th”

Perceivers of Joy- Monday, December 16th

MOSES, SHEPHERD OF (TWO) FLOCKS Moses was shepherding a flock in Midian when an angel of God appeared to him in a burning bush. God was calling Moses to become a shepherd of a much greater magnitude- Moses was to lead God’s people out… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Monday, December 16th”

Perceivers of Joy- Sunday, December 15th

JOY: THE SHEPHERD CANDLE Light the Prophecy and Bethlehem Candles. Luke 2:8-20 (NRSV) In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Sunday, December 15th”

Places of the Heart- Reflection; Saturday, December 14th

WEEK TWO- LOVE: PERSONAL REFLECTION This week we looked at a few places where Jesus lived, served and loved. We recognized that love lives in all of our Places of the Heart– places we will remember, places where we learned and grew, places where… Continue Reading “Places of the Heart- Reflection; Saturday, December 14th”