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It’s complicated

The birth of the child was not without complications. It was the source of so much joy – angels sang out over the hillsides, in that other gospel, because heaven and earth could not contain the wonder of this birth; but it was not without complications.

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The Episcopal Church offers two digital Christmas Eve programs

From the Episcopal Church:

[December 17, 2019] The Episcopal Church is offering two, digital Christmas Eve programs on December 24. Available on both the Episcopal Church website and the Episcopal Church Facebook page, these programs makes Christmas Eve worship accessible to those not attending a service or program at a local church.

 Both services will be available beginning on Christmas eve: St. Thomas’ at 4:00 pm and St. John the Baptist’s at 12:00 pm as well as at 6:00 pm (all times […]

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AdventWord 2019 begins Sunday

AdventWord combines word and image, hashtag and meditation in a 24-day digital journey through Advent, sharing out an official reflection each day in three languages as well as inviting and collecting reflections from around the world. Participants can sign up to receive daily meditations at AdventWord.org, and can contribute to the “global Advent calendar” by sharing images and words with hashtags – #AdventWord, and a hashtag for each particular day’s theme (see below).

AdventWord launched in 2014 as a project of […]

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Digital Advent! Materials now available from the Episcopal Church

From The Episcopal Church:

[October 30, 2019] New and updated Advent resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith are now available: Way of Love Digital Invitation Kit, updated Journeying the Way of Love Advent calendar and curriculum, AdventWord 2019, Sermons That Work compilation of Advent and Christmas selections, Advent reflections from Episcopal Migration Ministries, and bulletin inserts. All are available here.

Also offered again this year are digital Christmas Eve services.

 

Digital Invitation Kit for Advent (available […]

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The subversive, confrontational, emboldening stories of Christmas

…first-century readers would have been so struck by the scandalous-ness of the gospels and by their confrontation with the power claims of the Empire, that the gospels would have been banned books of the highest order. It should not be surprising that so many first-century Christians were killed by the Romans.

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O Christmas Tree

Each year I look at the Christmas tree and see the memories of Christmas’ past. I remember the songs sung around the tree. I remember the hugs shared. I remember the gifts given.

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