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Advent with the Psalms – Rev. Dr. Stephen Bauman

December 25th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

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 shall all the trees of the forest exult. Joy—unmitigated gift! We can’t conjure it or manufacture it or fake it. When it comes to… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Brian Pinter

December 24th, 2018 by Brian Pinter

Psalm 89:3-4 I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant: Forever will I confirm your posterity and establish your throne for all generations. Today’s psalm invites us to reflect on an Advent theme I rarely ponder– the coming Davidic king-messiah.  For the Israelites, to recall King David… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Rev. Dr. Violet Lee

December 23rd, 2018 by Violet Lee

Psalm 89:16-17 Blessed the people who know the joyful shout; in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk. At your name they rejoice all the day, and through your justice they are exalted. As always, Eugene Peterson’s The Message translation is so lively!  I especially like his language in the fifteenth verse, “passwords… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Mónika Estrada Guzmán

December 22nd, 2018 by Monika Guzman-Estrada

Psalm 80:14,17 Once again, O LORD of hosts, look down from heaven, and see; take care of this vine, and protect what your right hand has planted, the son of man whom you yourself made strong. I will be in California with my mom today. Celebrating the thirty-second anniversary of our pilgrimage to the United… Read More

Finding God

December 21st, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Listening to an NPR podcast about a growing movement for “gift-less Christmas” (releasing the consumerist addiction to focus attention on more humane, compassionate and loving opportunities), one mother reported this: she was consumed with providing for her children “a perfect Christmas.” By that she meant the whole megillah—gifts, decorations, parties, whatnot and hoo-ha. A very… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Chad Gurley

December 21st, 2018 by Chad Gurley

Psalm 33:20-21 Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and our shield, For in him our hearts rejoice; in his holy name we trust. I am sure that “waiting” has always been a difficult thing to do; however, today in a world of instantaneous-ness, it can be excruciating. Waiting for the train,… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Rev. Mickey Correa

December 20th, 2018 by Mickey Correa

Psalm 24:7 Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory. As the time draws nearer to the celebration of Christmas, busyness may get the best of us so much so that we might just forget what it all means.  Simply put, it’s the time of the year to remember that God wants to… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Emerald Carter

December 19th, 2018 by Admin

Psalm 71:3-4 Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are my rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. From our conceptions in our mothers’ wombs, to our inevitable returns to dust, God is always with us. In Psalm 71, an aging… Read More

Advent with the Psalms – Brian Pinter

December 18th, 2018 by Brian Pinter

Psalm 72:12-13 For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out, and the afflicted when he has no one to help him. He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor; the lives of the poor he shall save. It is striking how many of our Advent psalms and scripture readings speak of… Read More

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