Monthly Archives: December 2019

Advent Devotional: Fourth Week of Advent (Dec. 22-25)

  Sunday, December 22 Gathering the straw of peace With just days to go until Christmas, how much straw have you filled Jesus’ manger with? Where did you bring joy to someone? How did this joy brighten the world? There is still more straw to add to the manger — the straw of peace. And… Read more »

Advent Devotional: Third Week of Advent (Dec. 15-21)

  Sunday, December 15 Gathering up the straw of joy On this third Sunday of Advent, reflect on the ways in which you showed the love of Christ to others. What did you do as an individual, as a family and as a church? How were these acts of love transformative to you, your family… Read more »

Advent Devotional: Second Week of Advent (Dec. 8-14)

  Sunday, December 8 Gathering up the straw of love Start gathering the straw of good deeds for this week by spending this second Sunday of Advent reflecting on where you brought hope to someone last week. What did you do as an individual, as a family and as a church to reach out to… Read more »


Memory Box Boxes For Memories A Christmas Project by Ken Rummer   A box to put memories in. That’s my current project in the wood shop. The vision came from a friend who was sorting through her late husband’s drawer of keepings. She wanted to pass some of them on to family, along with a few items… Read more »

Gospel and Inclusivity

Reforming our churches: Becoming intercultural communities From “Chosen People-Promised Land Model” to expansive covenant by Andrew Davis   When I think of multicultural churches, I do not necessarily think of my own — I picture congregations that reflect many different races and ethnicities. Like most PC(USA) churches, Union Presbyterian Church of Saint Peter, Minnesota, is… Read more »

Advent Devotional: First Week of Advent (Dec. 1-7)

  Sunday, December 1 Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?” — Matthew 25:37 Gathering up the straw of hope On this first Sunday of Advent, consider what gives you hope. Who took notice of… Read more »