Tag Archives: Advent

Anticipation

Each year, a few weeks before Advent, the Advent calendars arrive in shops: cardboard images with twenty-five numbered doors, or wooden containers with numbered drawers; they help us count down the days from December 1st until Christmas Day. They build our … Continue reading

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What’s in the Box?

We sang what I call a “square” hymn a couple of weeks ago at St. Alban’s, Hymn 601 in The Hymnal 1982. Square hymns are …well, square, literally. Or sometimes rectangular. Two or four lines of music, regular phrase lengths, … Continue reading

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Slow Church

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Slow Food movement? It began in the 1980’s as an antidote to the prevalence of fast food restaurants, and has gained some following with people who value locally grown foods and sustainable farming practices. It’s … Continue reading

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Singing Songs of Expectation

Gather, Pause, Reflect, Listen, Await, Sing This Sunday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church A Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent Congregational hymns, choral anthems, and readings for this season of beginnings The Song of Zechariah … Continue reading

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Falconer

The naturalist Helen Macdonald’s memoir, H is for Hawk,  tells of a year in which Helen wrestled with the reality of her father’s death by attempting to tame a particularly fierce kind of hawk. Early in her time with the … Continue reading

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Comfort, Discomfort Ye My People

“The best part of the discomfort you’re feeling right now is the comfort you’ll feel after you come out of the pose.” – Rebecca, yoga instructor, December 10, 2014 com•fort verb \ˈkəm(p)-fərt\ : to cause (someone) to feel less worried, … Continue reading

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Congratulations!

In a recent sermon (and Daily Cup) my colleague Matthew asked us, “What kind of Jesus are we waiting for this Advent?”  Another colleague’s Daily Cup (Sonya, of course) was titled “Singing Songs of Expectation.”  Waiting and Expecting.   Boy, Advent … Continue reading

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