Christmas Eve

“While they were [in Bethlehem], the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”

It’s a story we all know.
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Fourth Sunday in Advent

An angel came to Mary with an announcement.
“You are going to have a baby!”
What joyful news!
What a gift from God!
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Third Sunday in Advent - Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say Rejoice!
Rejoice and sing praises
Rejoice and give thanks
Rejoice and exult with all your heart!

Now, that's more like it.
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First Sunday in Advent - Luke 21:25-36

I always think it’s strange to start out the season of advent with apocalyptic sayings
about the end of the world.
While everyone else is listening to Christmas carols and shopping for all they’re worth,
here we are reading about the signs of the end times.
And yet, it really isn’t so strange, when we remember what Advent really means . . .
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