Advent Devotional: The true vine

Isaiah 11:1A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.The true vineNext time you are in St. Timothy’s sanctuary look up. Look up and to the right that is. Tucked away in the far corner, above the choir are four blue...

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Advent Devotion: Thay you may know

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say on that day:Give thanks to the Lord,   call on his name;make known his deeds among the nations;   proclaim that his name is exalted. (Isaiah 12:3-4)Joy is an inside job. It is not the rush of...

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Advent Devotions: The Far Near One

Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;   let this be known in all the earth. Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion,   for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 12:5-6)God is as close as our breath and farther than the distant...

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Advent Devotional: To see and touch

Strengthen the weak hands,   and make firm the feeble knees.  Say to those who are of a fearful heart,   ‘Be strong, do not fear!Here is your God. (Isaiah 35:3-4)I enjoy visiting people in the hospital. It’s not that I want to see people sick or hurting, but real...

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Advent Devotional: Going Home

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,   we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter,   and our tongue with shouts of joy. (Psalm 126:1-2)The favorite destination at Christmas is home. Many travel great distances at a difficult time of...

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Advent Devotional: Preparing for Christmas

Isaiah 40:3A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Preparing for ChristmasThere’s a lot of preparation to do before Christmas arrives. Much of getting ready is about decorating, purchasing,...

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Advent Devotional: The first song we sing

Luke 1:76And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his waysThe first song we singThe early morning sky is still dark as the monks rise from their brief but needed sleep. The vigil prayers, said in the...

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Advent Devotional: Old St. Nick

The Feast Day of St. Nicholas, Bishop of MyraOld St. Nick We take a break from our scripturally inspired devotion to reflect on the legacy of a Christmas figure who looms large over our holiday but who can’t be found in the nativity stories. He has many names, in...

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Advent Devotion: The Sign of Jonah

Luke 11:29When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.”The Sign of JonahI can still feel the warmth from all of those candles. Every Christmas...

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Advent Devotion: Home for the Holidays

2 Samuel 7:18Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?”Home for the HolidaysI’ll be home for Christmas / You can plan on me / Please have snow and mistletoe /...

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