Posts Tagged: advent

An invitation to “Choose Welcome”

reprinted from the blog of the Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly I can count on one hand the number of times I have spent Christmas in my own home as an adult. We have shared that day with grandparents and other family. In a pre-Amazon era, we hid presents among the… Read more »

Advent/Christmas service from Bethlehem and Washingon

O Little Town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie;Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. A Simultaneous Service fromWashington National CathedralandThe Evangelical Lutheran Christmas ChurchIn Bethlehem, Palestine Saturday, December 22, 201210:00 AM EST in Washington, DC5:00 PM in BethlehemJoin live on-line Wherever you are in the world, you are… Read more »

Sharing hopes

Each Thursday, the community gathers for worship at the Church Center for the United Nations. Different groups take turns leading in proclamation and prayer. On Thursday, December 14, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations had the privilege to provide leadership. The service focused on inviting participants to share their hopes for the world during… Read more »

Worship in Bethlehem – Saturday, December 17

From the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land: This Saturday, December 17, 2011, you are invited to join with worshippers in Bethlehem, Washington, D.C., and around the world for the fifth annual joint simulcast Christmas service. 

Prayers, readings, and hymns alternate between Washington, D.C., and Palestine via the Internet, drawing together people of… Read more »

Advent Devotion – December 24, 2010

Scripture – Luke 2:1–20 “And on earth peace, goodwill among people.” Luke 2:14 (NIV) As a child this phrase from Luke’s version of the Christmas story was one of my favorites. Each time I heard this ancient text read on…

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Advent Devotion – December 23, 2010

Scripture – Luke 1:57–66 “‘What then will this child become?’ For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.” (Luke 1:66) Mary and her cousin Elizabeth had miraculous pregnancies. As first-time mothers, both were joyous, though like most parents,…

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Advent Devotion – December 22, 2010

Scripture – Psalm 17 “Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.” (Psalm 17:1) When David said those words in the tenth century B.C., he was a man…

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Advent Devotion – December 21, 2010

Scripture – Luke 1:26–38 The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Palestine, marks the birthplace of Jesus. Pilgrims shuffle through the Byzantine church to wait their turn to enter the cave where Jesus was born. At Christmas we assemble Nativity…

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Advent Devotion – December 20, 2010

Scripture – Luke 1:5–25 When Luke undertook the task of writing “an orderly account” (v. 1) of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, he did not start with the birth of Jesus. Luke started the “Jesus story” with the…

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Advent Devotion – December 19, 2010

Scripture – Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19 Do you ever feel like it is hard to get God’s attention? Or difficult to figure out where God is? It was hard for the people reflected in Psalm 80 as well. Here they are,…

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