“Precious Gifts”

~ Isaiah 60:1-6/Matthew 2:1-12 ~ Of all the ancient archeological sites in the Middle East, none is probably more spectacular and stunning than Petra, located in Jordan. You walk for ½ mile through a very narrow canyon only a few feet wide, before it opens up to reveal Al-Khaznah, The … Read More

“Why Am I Me?”

~ Luke 2:41-52 ~ You’ve probably seen the advertisements. You may have even purchased one yourself. Or been given one for Christmas. On Thanksgiving weekend this product was in the top five products purchased on Amazon. Sales are in the millions. I’m talking about DNA kits – genetic testing programs … Read More

“Sweet Hymns of Joy”

“Fall on your knees…” The music of Christmas is truly wonderful, isn’t it? It’s just so – joyful. “Joy to the world, the Lord is come.” I suppose one of the reasons we enjoy the music of Christmas so much is that we only bring it out once a year. … Read More

“Bearing Fruit Worthy of Repentance”

~ Luke 3:7-18 ~ Repent, I say, repent! Not a word one warms up to, is it? Street preachers, sweaty tent-meeting revivalists, “fire and brimstone” bible-thumpers all come to mind. Yet, here comes John the Baptizer telling people to repent. They didn’t warm up to the call for repentance any … Read More

O Mary, How Lovely You Are

~ Luke 1:26-38; 46-55 ~ I was introduced to a poignant poem this past week thanks to the musical inspiration of Bay Area composer, Frank La Rocca. The poem is written by Sister Columba Guare of the Sisters of the Mississippi Abbey in Dubuque, Iowa. The poem, itself, was inspired … Read More

“Who Said Hope Was Easy?”

~ Luke 3:1-6/Luke 1:68-79/Malachi 3:1-2 ~ Our third scripture lesson for today is taken from Luke 1:68-79. It’s called the Benedictus (which is Latin for “blessed”). The Benedictus is the prophecy pronounced by Zechariah upon the birth of his son, John the Baptist. The church has included the Benedictus in … Read More