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Final Advent: Christmas!

REFLECTIONS DURING ADVENT Words, Word, Exhortations, and Greetings By Angier Brock CHRISTMAS Do Not Be Afraid Luke 2:10. “The angel said to [the shepherds], ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.’” John 1:14. “And the Word became flesh and lived among us….” This year’s reflections draw from the Revised Common Lectionary for liturgical Year C. Advent I presents the grown-up Jesus toward the end of his ministry. Advent II and III give us the adult John the Baptist. Advent IV flashes back to the meeting of Elizabeth and Mar

Advent Week 4

REFLECTIONS DURING ADVENT Words, Word, Exhortations, and Greetings By Angier Brock ADVENT WEEK IV Words of Greeting Luke 1:41. “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting… Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Season’s Greetings. Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. These greetings sound forth from our lips and show up in our mailboxes frequently these days. More than any other time of year, this is a season characterized by the sharing of good wishes. I cherish the tradition of exchanging Christmas cards with friends and family and of exchanging words of good will and joy even wi

Advent Week 3

REFLECTIONS DURING ADVENT Words, Word, Exhortations, and Greetings By Angier Brock ADVENT WEEK III Words of Exhortation Luke 3:18. “So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.” The third Sunday in Advent is sometimes called “Stir Up Sunday” after a traditional prayer appointed for the day: “Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us….” But “Stir up Sunday” is apt for any Sunday when today’s gospel (Luke 3:7–18) is read. Continuing from last Sunday, John the Baptist is certainly stirring things up as he preaches to crowds se

Advent Week 2

REFLECTIONS DURING ADVENT Words, Word, Exhortations, and Greetings By Angier Brock ADVENT WEEK II Civic Words Luke 3:6. “All flesh shall see the salvation of God.” The afternoon of the same family visit I mentioned last week, I helped my thirteen-year-old granddaughter Lucy prepare for a U. S. civics test. Her study notes included what citizens should do (for example, respect others, stay informed, vote, communicate with lawmakers) as well as what citizens must do (obey laws, pay taxes, serve on juries when called, and so on). The material also addressed the government’s prom

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