Monthly Archives: December 2018

December 20 — Guest post … “Do you hear what I hear, migrant girl…” by Laura Rose

Rev. Laura Rose was inspired to rewrite more verses to go with the tune of the Carol, Do You Hear What I Hear?  She writes: “If Mary of Nazareth cried out her Magnificat today she would not be belting out … Continue reading

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December 19, 2018 — prayer from “There’s no place like home for the holidays”

  If you wanna to be happy in a million ways, for the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home! “There’s no place like home for the holidays” Al Stillman God, everyplace is home when it’s holy days – for … Continue reading

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December 18, 2018 — prayer from “Here we come a-wassailing”

But we are neighbours’ children, whom you have seen before … “Here we come a’wassailing” English traditional, 1850 God, thank you for teaching me about neighbors — not only by Leviticus and the Samaritan, but by a smile stolen from … Continue reading

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December 17, 2018 — prayer from “The First Noel”

    … to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay … They looked up and saw a star, Shining in the east, beyond them far … “The First Nowell” (19th century, English folk carol) A Confession: I put … Continue reading

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December 16, 2018 — Prayer from Joy to the World

Joy to the earth, the savior reigns; let all their songs employ; while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains repeat the sounding joy.                              Joy to the … Continue reading

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December 15, 2018 — “Star-child, Earth-child”

      Street child, beat child, no place left to go, hurt child, used child, no one wants to know … “Star-child, Earth-child” Shirley Erena Murray Star child, Emmanuel, you come among all the children – Ahmed Abu Abed, … Continue reading

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December 14 –prayer from Do you hear what I hear?”

“Do you see what I see? A star, a star, dancing in the night, with a tail as big as a kite”    “Do You Hear what I Hear?” Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne God, we thank you that Christmas came … Continue reading

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Guest post by Carol Hallman, remembering Ahmed Abu Abed

A parishioner once asked me why we even keep something like the “slaughter of the innocents” in the Bible since it is not “inspiring.” the story is told, not to condemn an old despot but to remind us to look … Continue reading

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December 13, 2018 — Prayer from “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Hang a shining star upon the highest bough. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Hugh Martin / Ralph Blane God, bless faithful friends who are dear to us, living and not living, and help us remember olden days which may … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve for the Advent Wreath, 2018 (with pouring water and candles lit)

I hardly imagined when I wrote the Advent wreath ceremony without fire, that so many people, both in the United States and elsewhere, would  share this tradition to offer comfort to those dealing with raging fires this year and to … Continue reading

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