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Advent with the Psalms – Jessica Pinter

December 17th, 2018 by Jessica Pinter

Psalm: 72 1-2 O God, with your judgment endow the king, and with your justice, the king’s son; He shall govern your people with justice and your afflicted ones with judgment. Many years ago, I made a weekend retreat with the priest -spiritual writer Ronald Rolheiser.  He said something that stayed with me.  “In the… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Andrea Andrade

December 16th, 2018 by Andrea Andrade

Psalm 72:7 Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever. The bus driver was rude this morning, so my fellow riders decided to be rude right back. Justice had been served! Or had it? To think we have the power to serve as judge, jury and executioner is to forget that we… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Rev. Dr. Stephen Bauman

December 15th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Psalm 80:4 Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved. Distraction is the great 21st century spiritual adversity. We are bedazzled by sensory overload, addicted to chronic interface with ephemera masquerading as Important! Consequential! Friend! Liked! Must have! Intentional habits of the heart necessary for the up-building… Read More

A very short Christmas primer, New York City style…

December 14th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

I turned the corner on Fifth Avenue from Fifty-eighth Street when I heard the woman scream, “Donald!” A man several yards in front of me stopped and turned around. The woman yelled, “Don’t you dare walk away from me!” and took several long, angry strides to catch up. When she got within range of steaming… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Amelia Acerra

December 14th, 2018 by Amelia Acerra

Psalm 1:6 The LORD watches over the way of the just, but the way of the wicked vanishes. For those of us that know God, we may feel we are automatically walking the righteous, just, “right” path. The choice is not about just knowing God but walking closely with God. Choosing daily, hourly, or minute-to-minute,… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Rev. Dr. Violet Lee

December 13th, 2018 by Violet Lee

Psalm 145:8 The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great kindness. Rich in love – that is our God.  At a time when grudges seem to drain the character out of our nation, we sorely need to see more grace and mercy surrounding us.  The psalmist reminds us in this Advent… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Chad Gurley

December 12th, 2018 by Chad Gurley

Psalm 96:11-12 Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them! Then let all the trees of the forest rejoice. When the grass is dry and no longer green and the trees are brown and bare,… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Jacob Nelson

December 11th, 2018 by Jake Nelson

Psalm 96:1-2 Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all you lands. Sing to the LORD; bless his name; announce his salvation, day after day. Singing has been a vital part of most faith communities as a way of expressing feelings, theologies, and ideologies. The act of congregational singing allows for… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Brian Pinter

December 10th, 2018 by Brian Pinter

Psalm 85:11-12 Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven. Our verses today from Psalm 85 paints a portrait of what spiritual wholeness looks like.  I experience Advent as a time when I am invited to renew kindness and… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Jessica Pinter

December 9th, 2018 by Jessica Pinter

Psalm 126:2-3 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the torrents in the southern desert. Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing. Since I’ve become a mother, Advent and Christmas time have been renewed for me.  All the magic is back! I’ve also sensed a deeper renewal of hope and love.  I want a bright… Read More