Rhythm of Word

Month: December 2017

Christmas Prayer 2017

First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 24 December 2017 (candlelight service)

It is difficult to tell which story goes with which year. Maybe it is the running through a deep ravine with a cousin, when suddenly the sound of my grandmother’s yoo-hoo wafts through the cold air from at least a mile away.

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Rough Days and Contentment

Philippians 4:1-13

First Congregational Church : 24 December 2017 (AM service)

We have known good days, and we have known bad. That seems to me about as obvious as anything. That goes for your life and for mine, our collective lives together, even people who are out in the cold today.

In these days of ours, when imagination can seem smothered by ignorance and disdain for our fellow humans, how do we find contentment? I don’t mean: how do you put up with your current situation? Being content and being resigned are two very different places to be.

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Breaking Straight Through

Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8

First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 10 December 2017

Good News from the place of struggle. Not exactly your typical Advent or Christmas card. Good news from the wilderness. Get ready for this good news storming your way as a cloud of locusts overtaking the dessert before it settles on your lush gardens.

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The Sky is Falling

Isaiah 64:1-9 Mark 13:24-37

First Congregational Church of Anchorage  :  3 December 2017

I suppose bad news is better than no news some times. Its like the anticipation is more painful than just knowing sometimes. I come from a fairly robust line of people who worry about their health; people who want to know what might be wrong with them.

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