The Rev. Harvey E. Bale, Deacon

Posted on December 25, 2017

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 These first verses of the Gospel of John are read on Christmas Day. They are, perhaps, along with the 23rd Psalm and the Sermon on the Mount (in Matthew), among the most beloved verses in the […]

Libby Taggart and Jeff Taggart

Posted on December 24, 2017

Who is like you, Lord God of hosts? * O mighty Lord, your faithfulness is all around you.” — Psalm 89: 8 A few weeks ago, on the first Sunday of Advent, in his sermon about the season, Dean Hollerith reflected on how this season, in particular, is one of waiting, of anticipation, expectation and longing […]

Jaime Colman

Posted on December 23, 2017

The Vulnerability of Waiting “Active waiting means to be present fully to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it. A waiting person is someone who is present to the moment, who believes that this moment is the moment.” —Henri Nouwen, “A […]

Chris Cannedy

Posted on December 22, 2017

Imagine the dark nights of over two thousand years ago when the whole world was largely lit only by oil lamp and fire. To borrow from Virginia Woolf, “The brilliant amorous day was divided as sheerly from the night as land from water. Sunsets were redder and more intense; dawns were whiter and more auroral. […]

Father Tom Murphy

Posted on December 21, 2017

The Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle Thomas the Apostle is my namesake; in the parlance of my youth, my patron saint. That is not quite true. Thomas is my dad’s name. I am named for him. As a young boy, my dad would on occasion address me as Thomas Aquinas. Now these occasions were few, […]

Charlotte McKnight

Posted on December 20, 2017

Advent is about waiting. And waiting means being patient. Many of us during this time of family gatherings and holiday events are—often impatiently—preparing for the arrival of cherished guests. We clean our house, we decorate, we make the beds, we buy more groceries than we need, we wrap presents, we clear our calendars. And then […]

Shanda Cooper

Posted on December 19, 2017

What will you recite for the king in this season of hope? Will it be a cry of despair? joy? gratefulness? frustration? uncertainty? desperation? The Psalmist writes our “heart is stirring with a noble song; let me recite what I have fashioned for the king; my tongue shall be the pen of a skilled writer.” […]

Chepi DiCalogero

Posted on December 18, 2017

I said, “Lord, be merciful to me; * heal me, for I have sinned against you.” Psalm 41:4 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; * I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. Psalm 52: 8 At first, I rejected using the two psalms appointed […]

Matthew J. Eldred

Posted on December 17, 2017

I am a naturally impatient person, so being told I need to wait is perhaps the fastest way to set me on edge. I have tried to work on it, but my natural disposition is to do and take—now! As a child, I was always asking my mother, “Are we there yet?!” from the back […]

Julie Collins

Posted on December 16, 2017

“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. “ John 1:14   God choosing “to take flesh” is God’s way of telling us that we are “enough.” Human life with its joy and pain and […]

The Rev. Rebecca S. Myers

Posted on December 15, 2017

Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; * for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me. —Psalm 31:3 When I was in 5th grade, I had to memorize the poem “God’s World” by Edna St. Vincent Millay. The poem speaks of […]

Paula Mays

Posted on December 14, 2017

How gently and lovingly thou awakenest in my bosom, Where thou dwellest secretly and alone! And in thy sweet breathing, full of blessing and glory, How delicately thou inspirest my love! St. John of the Cross ¡Cuán manso y amoroso recuerdas en mi seno donde secretamente solo moras, y en tu aspirar sabroso de bien […]