December 2020

Do you see what I see?  Do you hear what I hear? This Christmas Carol has been playing in my head all week.  Do you ever have a tune that you just can’t stop humming? It started with the sights and sound of Christmas that I noticed this past week.  Or maybe it is the sights and sounds that I haven’t heard.  I haven’t been to a mall, there has been no Salvation Army donation Kettle with the bells ringing through the street.  No Christmas parties;  No Yule Tide greetings at all really.  Then I heard a vehicle coming down our...

Advent 4B - 2020.12.18 Ready or not Christmas is upon us.  This Sunday is Advent 4 and we have but a few days remaining until Christmas.  The Advent season has been a time of preparation, planning, getting ready for the coming of the Lord Jesus. In the workforce today there are all kinds of planning seminars for those who are getting ready to retire.  Experts say it is often the men who have the hardest time with retirement because they don’t know what they should do to keep busy and so it is said they need to put things in place for their retirement.  (Or maybe...

  Advent 3   Preparing for the joy set before us … preparing for the coming Messiah.  We are approaching the 3rd Sunday in Advent.  We should be gathering at St. Andrews and lighting the rose coloured candle on the Advent Wreath.  Of coarse that is not possible this year with the COVID 19 restrictions.  It was to be the candle representing Joy!  Singing hymns like Joy to the World the Lord has Come and Joyful, Joyful we adore thee.  I wonder, can we still have a heart full of joy this year? But what is joy?  Maybe a hard question to answer. ...

         Ann Weems reminds us in her book Kneeling in Bethlehem:                             In each heart lies a Bethlehem                            an inn where we must ultimately answer                            whether there is room or not.                            When we are Bethlehem-bound                             we experience our own advent in his.                            When we are Bethlehem-bound                            we can no longer look the other way                            conveniently not seeing stars                            not hearing angel voices.                            We can no longer excuse ourselves by busily                            tending our sheep or our kingdoms. As we enter this Advent Season, we once again prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus.  As Ann Weems reminds us:  we are Bethlehem bound. This journey brings us right into the middle of the Incarnation.  It is a journey that...