Why This Jubilee? Christmas Eve Meditation

Christmas Eve

The music of Christmas is truly wonderful, isn’t it? It’s so, well – joyful. “Joy to the world, the Lord is come,” we sing. The message of Christmas seems to inspire composers to bring out their best, uplifting musical stuff. There is a delightful, joyous lilt to the music of … Read More

We Are All Mary

Love

  Luke 1:47-55/Luke 1:26-38 The screen shows a large Vermont fireplace with logs ablaze. As the camera pulls away you see a warm living room with a large Christmas tree and a piano. At the piano, talking to his girl about his hopes and dreams, is Bing himself. With barely … Read More

Tired of Waiting

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11/ John 1:6-8, 19-28 I remember as a kid that December seemed really long. The days just dragged by. Waiting for Christmas was agonizing. Thumbing through the Sears Toy catalog only prolonged the agony. It seemed like Christmas would never get here. This week as I was remembering … Read More

The Gospel According to Handel

Peace

Isaiah 40:1-11/Mark 1:1-8 The summer of 1741 found Charles Jennens quite excited. Jennens was a literary and musical man of leisure (which means he didn’t have a job nor did he need one) who was a great admirer of George Frideric Handel. In fact, he had already furnished Handel with … Read More