Christmas Eve 2014

This Wednesday, December 24th, is Christmas Eve, and we will follow what has been our tradition for the day. At 4:30, we begin with half an hour of seasonal music performed by a variety of people from our extended church family. Following that, at about 5:00, is our Christmas Eve service.

Our service alternates the reading of the Christmas story with carols related to each Scripture passage, ending with Silent Night sung a capella by candlelight. It’s a beautiful and moving start to Christmastide.

We hope to see you there!

My Final Paper, an Advent Sermon

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I figured I’d post my final paper for preaching class.  It is an advent themed sermon based on the reading of 2 Samuel 7:1-16,18. I’m posting it to give you an advent reading which is slightly different from what we’ll be doing in church this year. I hope you enjoy it and find it encouraging.

You can read the sermon by expanding this post. It’s about the equivalent of 2 1/2 pages. Continue reading My Final Paper, an Advent Sermon

Generosity and Jumping off the High Dive

When I was a kid growing up in small town Nebraska, there were two places you could find me on most days. Either on my bike or in the water. I loved to swim. So much so that my hair would be bleached white by the time school began at the end of each summer. My mother always had a fear of the water, so she made sure all of us kids took swimming lessons. I was a fish! Not only at the city swimming pool, but at the rivers and lakes around the country-side by my little home town. Continue reading Generosity and Jumping off the High Dive