Posts from December 2016

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Sunday, Jan. 1: Happy New Life!

by Trina Kleist

It’s a new year – ready for new life? New life in the New Year can be so ordinary. Back to work, back to school, back to the routine. Wouldn’t you like your New Year to be the start of a new life? Here’s a way to live Christmas all year round: Remember that Jesus’ […]

 Sunday, Dec. 25: Christmas! (11am worship today)

by Trina Kleist

Jesus – the only meaning of Christmas. What’s the best gift you will get this Christmas? A new car? A new iPhone 7? How about a new life? No one would argue that a new car or new technology will transform your life. For a while, anyway. But Christians believe that, no matter how cool […]

Sunday, Dec. 18: Strangely righteous?

by Trina Kleist

Joseph was a “righteous” man. But God had a different idea of “righteous.” Not the conventional wisdom. Not the standards kept by “nice people” of Joseph’s day. Today’s Gospel lesson outlines the dilemma faced by Joseph, the first-century Jewish man engaged to a young woman named Mary. His fiancée had come to him with a […]

Sunday, Dec. 11: Advent – still waiting?

by Trina Kleist

Waiting in the wilderness can be tough. John the Baptist didn’t know about Advent, but he knew about waiting. In today’s Gospel reading, the prophet is in a prison cell, waiting to die a hideous death. He knows about Jesus – a distant cousin – and has prophesied that Jesus is the Messiah that God […]

Sunday, Dec. 4: Strange friends, loving God!

by Trina Kleist

God turns enemies to friends! In God’s kingdom, creatures that used to be enemies become friends. “The wolf shall live with the lamb… and a little child shall lead them.” That’s the famous prophecy from Isaiah we hear in the weeks before Christmas. We call this period Advent, a time of waiting for God to […]