Christmas

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The Word Declares and the Light Reveals, God Incarnate

First Sunday after Christmas (BCP; uses the same readings every year, not RCL) – Audio Isaiah 61:10-62:3Psalm 147Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7John 1:1-18 “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”  In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. ✠ Did you […]

Holiday Grieving

I do not remember when Grandad was first showing signs of illness, I was only a kid, after all. In fact, I hardly remember any of the dates from that time. Looking back, I realize how hard it all was on the family, the anxiety and tension that was palpable in relationships yet the source of which was a mystery to a boy just emerging into his teen years. I do remember that it was […]

Alternative Christmas Music 2018

A few years ago I shared about Over the Rhine‘s Christmas music. It is a little bit melancholy and a lot of gorgeous. I shared then that I had found one of my all time favorite Christmas albums from 1988, “A Broken Christmas,” was and still is on iTunes. There are quite a few albums that I enjoy this time of year that are not the usual Christmas fare and I thought I would share some […]

Christmas Mourn

It is oddly gratifying and encouraging that we live in perhaps a “golden” time for those who grieve and mourn. It is commonplace this time of year, in addition to the joyous posts of children on Santa’s lap and endless photos of cookies, to read posts by and about those who struggle to make it through this season, especially those of us who mourn the loss of a loved one. This is, I think, a […]

Christmas Day 2016 – Showing us what it means to be human.

The audio of the sermon is available here. It has some extra commentary and possibly worth listening to. Nativity of the Lord – Proper III (December 25, 2016) First reading Isaiah 52:7-10 Psalm Psalm 98 Second reading Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12) Gospel John 1:1-14 וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי אוֹר וַיְהִי־אוֹר׃ And God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. I wish you all a warm and happy Christmas Day! It is a brisk morning and […]

Christmas: The day your heart became Bethlehem

Sermon for Christmas Eve 2016 — St. Bartholomew’s, Nashville. The audio is available here. Nativity of the Lord – Proper I (December 24, 2016) First reading Isaiah 9:2-7 Psalm Psalm 96 Second reading Titus 2:11-14 Gospel Luke 2:1-14, (15-20) Isa. 9:6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. This night, December […]