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December 24, 2017

There is another carol you may be familiar with. Sing with me if you are familiar. It begins, “O holy night, the stars are brightly shining. It is the night of our dear savior’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, ‘til he appeared, and the soul felt its worth.” The composer to this beautiful hymn was Adolphe Adam, who incidentally also composed music for some of the most famous romantic era ballets, like Giselle and Le Corsaire. The lyrics we know so well were written by John Sullivan Dwight, who must have b...

December 17, 2017

“With music strong I come,” sang Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass. “With music strong I come, with my cornets and my drums,

I play not marches for accepted victors only, I play marches for
conquer’d and slain persons...

Vivas to those who have fail’d!...
To… all overcome heroes!
And the numberless unknown heroes equal to the greatest heroes known!”

Christ comes with music strong, with a strain of joy that cannot be denied in the midst of failure and sadness. Christ comes with music strong to save the accepted victors, too, w...

December 10, 2017

I see a man by the banks of the Jordan River. He is climbing down a tree at the riverside, licking the wild honey from his fingers. There is still some in his tangled hair. He looks a little crazy - in a really good way. His eyes are bright and tender, and very intense as he smiles, then shouts in enthusiasm over the river, arms wide, “'Prepare the way for the LORD, make straight paths for our most holy God.'" His wide arms turn into a gesture of invitation to come and be anointed in the river. This morning I hope we can r...

December 3, 2017

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes.” Between the first and second century, the same time our new testament reading was written, the Roman writer Juvenal wrote these words in his 6th of a series of satirical poems. “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes.” “Who watches the watchers?” It is a reminder to watch those in power. Christ reminds us to watch, to keep awake, to be aware. In this, what I enjoy seeing as Christ’s encouragement of critical thinking, we can ask, ““Who watches the watchers?” We can watch over those who can only watc...

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