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Monthly Archives: December 2013

And Hear the Angels Sing: Love Matthew 1:18–25 We’ve been listening these last few weeks for the singing of angels, waiting in the darkness of Advent for the coming of the light.  We’ve been hearing the prophecies and speaking hope into despair, peace into discord, joy into grief in audacious and counter-cultural ways.  This week, begun today with the Sunday of love, as we try our best to speak love into hatred…we’re… Read More

And Hear the Angels Sing: Joy Luke 1: 39-56 I recently attended a concert of a 10-men a cappella group called, Straight No Chaser.  I went at the suggestion of a friend, and while familiar with a cappella music, the short and funny informational video shown at the beginning of the concert was a great introduction for me.  In it, the group explained that this kind of music is created using only… Read More

Fear grows in the dark. This season of Advent darkness—it’s so stressful and hard for so many, and these weeks leading up to Christmas can be especially difficult.  Work, busy schedules, too many parties, too much sugar, all the considerable stress of the season make already heavy burdens almost unbearable. And this Advent, words like repentance, darkness, waiting, wilderness seem to yell stridently from the pages of scripture: “Pay attention to the… Read More

And Hear the Angels Sing: Hope Isaiah 2:1-5 Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the very first day of a brand new church year. Curiously, the church year begins in the dark, with the light of day waning far too early and all of us huddled inside with glowing lamps and crackling fires, trying to push away the darkness.  And the darkness outside mirrors the darkness we carry inside—in these weeks… Read More

Blessed Advent all.  The Calvary DC congregation has written a beautiful Advent devotional with the theme, “And Hear the Angels Sing.”  Follow along each day in Advent by subscribing to Calvary’s blog or liking the Calvary DC page on Facebook.  In the meantime, read the words of Howard Thurman and listen up…it’s Advent. There must be always remaining in every man’s life some place for the singing of angels – some place… Read More