Monthly Archives: December, 2012

Watch Night

There are plenty of resources for Watch Night in the Methodist tradition.  Over the years as a pastor, I have used the Covenant Service on several occasions, on New Year’s Eve, the first Sunday of the New Year, on other special occasions.  My favorite services were those on New Year’s.  It is that countercultural element …

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St. John the Evangelist

Today is a day of remembrance for John the Evangelist on the Anglican and Roman Catholic calendars. It is one of three red letter days in the week after Christmas–December 27 (Stephen), 28 (John), 29 (Holy Innocents). The remembrance of martyrs immediately following the Nativity remind us that this baby Jesus we celebrate was born …

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The Nativity

On this Holy Day, I am grateful for my family, and for the opportunity to celebrate this season with my Big Italian clan in Syracuse.  I am thankful for the One, Holy and Apostolic  Church that has nurtured me and my calling, and continues to give me a place to serve. On this day, looking …

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John of the Cross

Today is the remembrance of John of the Cross.  A perfect guest to this season of Advent.  Imagine radical simplicity being embraced by the Church throughout this season. From Common Prayer: John of the Cross (1542–1591) Born into poverty in sixteenth-century Spain, Juan de la Cruz joined the Carmelite order at the age of twenty-one. …

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Watching and Waiting

It hard to believe it, given the fact that every store and place of business has been playing Christmas carols for about 3 weeks, but we are just in the middle of Advent.  The scriptures for the past two Sundays have been telling us to watch, wait, observe. Today’s word from the brothers of Saint …

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Pearl Harbor and Ambrose

Today lives on in infamy as Pearl Harbor Day.  I have been to Hawaii and have seen the memorial to all of the lives lost on this day 71 years ago.   It was the day that the United States entered the Second World War, it changed the lives of numerous family members and friends. …

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