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Monday, December 26, 2016

As many of you know, I like to ride my bike long distances, occasionally riding through the night.  Riding a bike in the deep of the night can be a magical experience, gliding along beneath a star-lit sky, smelling the smells of the earth that grow more pronounced as the air stills, and listening to the rustle of animals in the fields and woods as you go by.  But it can also be miserable, sometimes through cold and rain.  Sleepy and exhausted, every pedal stroke becomes a chore.  The worst hours are between 1 and 4 AM, when the excitement wears off, the fatigue sets in, and often times you are getting close to being out on the road for 24 hours.  But then around 4 or 4:30 something magical does happen, no matter what the experience has been so far.  In the eastern sky, you detect an ever so slight change in color.  At first you are not sure if it is real, but as you watch over the next 10 or 15 minutes you know.  The new day has come!  I made it through the night.  As the sky lightens, your mood lifts, your pace quickens a bit, the pedals seem easier to push.  A few hours later you greet the rising sun with joy, the despair of the night long behind.  For me, Christmas is the feeling that comes at that first glimpse of light in the sky.  A new day is here.  We made it.  There's hope.  Always. Benge Ambrogi
Benge Ambrogi

Sunday, December 25, 2016

In a poem about the Incarnation by Madeleine L'Engle, she calls Jesus Christ "the God we call by name." (In the time of Jesus Jews did not utter the name of God.)   Each day, as we await His advent, I invite you to ponder one the many names by which God is known and described around the world. Celeste+   Let us now praise the Prince of Peace   - Join us for Sunday worship this Christmas morning at 10am.
Celeste+

Saturday, December 24, 2016

In a poem about the Incarnation by Madeleine L'Engle, she calls Jesus Christ "the God we call by name."  (In the time of Jesus Jews did not utter the name of God.)   Each day, as we await His advent, I invite you to ponder one the many names by which God is known and described around the world.       Celeste+   We call Him "King of Kings and Lord of Lords."
Celeste+

Friday, December 23, 2016

In a poem about the Incarnation by Madeleine L'Engle, she calls Jesus Christ "the God we call by name." (In the time of Jesus Jews did not utter the name of God.)   Each day, as we await His advent, I invite you to ponder one the many names by which God is known and described around the world. Celeste+   Members of the Bahai faith call Him "the All Glorious."
Celeste+

Thursday, December 22, 2016

In a poem about the Incarnation by Madeleine L'Engle, she calls Jesus Christ "the God we call by name."  (In the time of Jesus Jews did not utter the name of God.)   Each day, as we await His advent, I invite you to ponder one the many names by which God is known and described around the world.       Celeste+   Sikhs call God "Timeless one"
Celeste+

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

In a poem about the Incarnation by Madeleine L'Engle, she calls Jesus Christ "the God we call by name."  (In the time of Jesus Jews did not utter the name of God.)   Each day, as we await His advent, I invite you to ponder one the many names by which God is known and described around the world.         Celeste+   Moslems call God "Allah." But there are nine-nine other names for Allah in the Quran. An Islamic spiritual practice is to memorize all of them. Here is one: The Wise  
Celeste+

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

In a poem about the Incarnation by Madeleine L'Engle, she calls Jesus Christ "the God we call by name."  (In the time of Jesus Jews did not utter the name of God.)   Each day, as we await His advent, I invite you to ponder one the many names by which God is known and described around the world.       Celeste+   Moslems call God "Allah." But there are nine-nine other names for Allah in the Quran. An Islamic spiritual practice is to memorize all of them. Here is one: The Answerer
Celeste+

Monday, December 19, 2016

  In a poem about the Incarnation by Madeleine L'Engle, she calls Jesus Christ "the God we call by name."  (In the time of Jesus Jews did not utter the name of God.)   Each day, as we await His advent, I invite you to ponder one the many names by which God is known and described around the world.       Celeste+   Moslems call God "Allah." But there are nine- nine other names for Allah in the Quran. An Islamic spiritual practice is to memorize all of them. Here is one: "The Entirely Merciful"   In a poem about the Incarnation by Madeleine L'Engle, she calls Jesus Christ "the God we call by name."  (In the time of Jesus Jews did not utter the name of God.)   Each day, as we await His advent, I invite you to ponder one the many names by which God is known and described around the world.       Celeste+   Moslems call God "Allah." But there are nine- nine other names for Allah in the Quran. An Islamic spiritual practice is to memorize all of them. Here is one: "The Entirely Merciful"  
Celeste+

Sunday, December 18, 2016

  In a poem about the Incarnation by Madeleine L'Engle, she calls Jesus Christ "the God we call by name."  (In the time of Jesus Jews did not utter the name of God.)   Each day, as we await His advent, I invite you to ponder one the many names by which God is known and described around the world.       Celeste+   Native Americans call God "The Great Spirit."   +Please join us for Advent IV worship at 8 & 10am today.  Parish Breakfast is offered between services from 8:45-9:30pm.  Nursery care for infants/toddlers and Sunday School for children ages 3- grade 9 is available.  The organizational meeting for The Great Epiphany Play will be at 11:15am.  There are parts for all interested.     Don't forget the Festival of Lessons & Carols, tonight at 4pm.  See you there! In a poem about the Incarnation by Madeleine L'Engle, she calls Jesus Christ "the God we call by name."  (In the time of Jesus Jews did not utter the name of God.)   Each day, as we await His advent, I invite you to ponder one the many names by which God is known and described around the world.       Celeste+   Native Americans call God "The Great Spirit."   +Please join us for Advent IV worship at 8 & 10am today.  Parish Breakfast is offered between services from 8:45-9:30pm.  Nursery care for infants/toddlers and Sunday School for children ages 3- grade 9 is available.  The organizational meeting for The Great Epiphany Play will be at 11:15am.  There are parts for all interested.     Don't forget the Festival of Lessons & Carols, tonight at 4pm.  See you there!
Celeste+

Saturday, December 17, 2016

In a poem about the Incarnation by Madeleine L'Engle, she calls Jesus Christ "the God we call by name." (In the time of Jesus Jews did not utter the name of God.)   Each day, as we await His advent, I invite you to ponder one the many names by which God is known and described around the world. Celeste+   Many Asian Christians call God "the King Above."     +Please join us for Advent IV worship at 8 & 10am tomorrow, Sunday December 18. Parish Breakfast is offered between services from 8:45-9:30pm. Nursery care for infants/toddlers and Sunday School for children ages 3- grade 9 is available. The organizational meeting for The Great Epiphany Play will be at 11:15am. There are parts for all interested.   Don't forget the Festival of Lessons & Carols, Sunday December 18 at 4pm. See you there!    
Celeste+

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