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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

Advent with the Psalms – Rev. Dr. Violet Lee

December 8th, 2018 by Violet Lee

Psalm 98:4 All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; break into song; sing praise. At the dinner table my children will occasionally break into song. This is the image that comes to mind as I read Psalm 98.  This is what… Read More

Thank you, Mister President

December 7th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

As recounted by Sarah Kaufman in a recent Washington Post article, President George H.W. Bush was a prolific writer of thank you notes. Nothing was too small or too large to warrant a warm response from the President. “To the Marine who dropped his rifle in a parade at the Marine Barracks, in front of… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Andrea Andrade

December 7th, 2018 by Andrea Andrade

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid? For some, faith is synonymous with weakness. But Jesus teaches us that faith is not weakness at all. It is the conviction that you hold a power greater than… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Mickey Correa

December 6th, 2018 by Mickey Correa

Psalm 118:26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Advent is a time of expectation and preparation.  It’s a short journey to a wondrous experience.  While the festive nature of the season ropes us into celebration mode, it is a time of profound reflection.   Maybe what we like about the… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Amelia Acerra

December 5th, 2018 by Amelia Acerra

Psalm 23:1-3 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose; Beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul. I find comfort in Psalm 23:1-3. It reminds me that God has my back in every way. God will take care of me the way a Good… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Mónika Estrada Guzmán

December 4th, 2018 by Monika Guzman-Estrada

Psalm 72:1 Justice shall flower in his days, and profound peace, till the moon be no more. May he rule from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. For all the immigrant children detained, alone and crying for their parents: The pledge allegiance states “… One Nation under God,… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Jacob Nelson

December 3rd, 2018 by Jake Nelson

Psalm 122:1 Let us go rejoicing to the house of the LORD! The house, the community, and the gathering of God’s people are all known as a city of peace. God’s word comes forth in this place of peace, and it is this peace that we find ourselves drawing near. This is not a place… Read More