Friday Five – Christmas Version!

1. What’s your favorite Christmas carol? O Come, All Ye Faithful, more for the stirring music than the words.  2. What’s one you could go a long while without hearing? Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.  3. What’s your favorite “secular” Christmas song (ie, with Santa, reindeer, etc) So This Christmas, although the message is very sacred.…

Giving Up or Gaining

With Christmas Day over, many people’s thoughts turn towards the new year. So many of us, myself included, often make New Year’s resolutions. You know, the kind that will turn you into a beautiful, healthy person with a great marriage, fulfilling career and well behaved children! I want to say go ahead and change your…

Choices

How many of you have seen this image this past week? A California church is displaying a nativity scene that depicts Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as refugees in cages. Claremont United Methodist Church converted the traditional nativity scene into the Holy Family being separated at the border and in cages. They have received a both…

And Mary Said Yes!

Well, good morning everyone. My, what a fine gathering! Do you recognize me without my blue shawl? You know me as Mary, although I was more commonly called by my Jewish name, Miriam. And this is the kind of thing I wore most days, not the blue of royalty, although I am honored that I…

Walking In God’s Path

I went to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood last week, the movie about Mr. Rogers life. It’s a beautiful story about a beautiful human being, I remember watching it Mr. Rogers with my son. I don’t think I realized how much we must have watched it until the closing song, which I knew…

Advent Offering Hymn

Hope in our faith so filled with awe. Hope in the promise of our God. Hope for these gifts we offer here. Use them and us throughout the year. Peace is our hope for all the earth, Peace in the promise of new birth. Peace for those both far and near. Peace now and all…

Can We Stand in the Tragic Gap?

Wildfires in Australia, Venice underwater, Don Cherry, impeachment hearings… Closer to home, young girls and women being trafficked, first nations reserves without clean drinking water, people in north Dartmouth who find it increasingly difficult to find a place to live and adequate food. The list of things to despair over gets longer and longer it…