by Rev. Dr. Helen Svoboda-Barber There is something about this year that has helped me insert myself into the Jesus Birth Narrative. I’m bonding with Mary this year. I have been taking time for imaginative prayer and really putting myself in the scene with Mother Mary. There are 2 moments that have really captured my … Continue reading Touching Foreheads With God | December 24, 2020
by the Rev. James B. Craven III Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. That prayer, which most likely … Continue reading About Mary | December 20, 2020
It’s Advent 3, the Pink Candle week. The week of Hope. And in my own life, too, there has been much hope. Here are a few moments I’ve noticed: Giving out Share Your Christmas to the families in our programs this year. I am so grateful for the generous donations from so many St. Lukers. … Continue reading Advent 3: Hope
Announcements and Activities for the period December 18 and December 25, 2020
On the Third Sunday of Advent we light a candle for Joy.
Madeleine L’Engle introduced me to the concepts of Chronos and Kairos time when I first read her books as a preteen. Chronos is clock time, measurable time. But Kairos is God’s time. Kairos is where God can be both at the beginning of creation and with us in this moment at the same time. Kairos … Continue reading Chronos and Kairos
Advent begins tomorrow. Every year, I talk about Advent as a season of waiting. This year, all of us understand Advent better than ever. We have been in a time of waiting since March. Waiting for this pandemic to be done so that we can get back to our normal lives. But then, over these … Continue reading Advent Waiting/Pandemic Waiting
Announcements and activities for the period December 11 to December 18, 2020
We have to find ways to calm the anxiety about education in this pandemic time.
An invitation to an Advent of pointing to both plague and promise in your own life.