ADVENT MEDITATIONS – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25

Psalms 2, 85; Zechariah 2:10-13; John 3: 31-36   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Advent Meditation   “I think Joseph has lost his head,” she confided to me with a suppressed twinkle, when I visited Emmanuel Church in Massachusetts this summer. We hadn’t visited for … read more

ADVENT MEDITATIONS – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24

Psalms 45, 46; Isaiah 35: 1-10; Luke 1: 67-80   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: Dr. Scott Bader-Saye, Advent Meditation   For many of us, Christmas Eve conjures feelings of warmth and security. We are surrounded by friends or family, perhaps warming ourselves by a fire, resting in the comforts of […]

ADVENT MEDITATIONS – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23

Psalms 93,96; Isaiah 33: 17-22; Luke 1: 57-66   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Advent Meditation   When John the Baptist was born, many were curious as to what was to become of him -“Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, ‘What then is […]

ADVENT MEDITATIONS – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22

Psalm 80; Isaiah 29: 13-24; Luke 1:39-48a (48b-56)   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: The Rev. Micah Jackson, Advent Meditation   It’s become fashionable, in recent years, to be offended by people who are not preparing for Christmas “correctly.” People who sing carols or put up their trees “too early” or […]

ADVENT MEDITATIONS – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21

Psalm 72; Isaiah 28:9-22; Luke 1:26-38   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: The Rt. Rev. Dena A. Harrison, Advent Meditation   “Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.” –Psalm 72:1 As God’s gift of the Savior draws near, all our yearnings are poignantly full. […]

ADVENT MEDITATIONS – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20

Psalm 66, 67; Isaiah 11:10-16; Luke 1:5-25   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: Dr. Steven Bishop, Advent Meditation The passage from Isaiah is a remarkable combination of images that take the reader from Egypt to the River Euphrates and several places in between.  Familiar images are drawn upon to issue a […]

ADVENT MEDITATIONS – MONDAY, DECEMBER 19

Psalm 61, 62; Isaiah 11:1-9; John 5:30-47   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: Dr. Anthony D. Baker, Advent Meditation   “For God alone my soul in silence waits.” The 62nd Psalm reads as if spoken by one on the edge of lost hope.  The world is alive with assault, falsehood, and […]

ADVENT MEDITATIONS – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18

Psalm 24,29; Isaiah 42:1-12; John 3:16-21   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: The Rev. Dr. Javier Alanis, Advent Meditation   Advent is a season of light and darkness. We light Advent candles during Sunday worship to signal the hope and expectation of the promised Messiah. The annual ritual dispels the darkness […]

ADVENT MEDITATIONS – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17

Psalms 55; Isaiah 10:20-27; Luke 3:1-9   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: The Rev. Nathan Jennings, Advent Meditation   Advent means “coming.” The Greek would be “parousia,” showing up, arriving. What does it look like when God shows up? In our passage from Luke today, it looks like a prophet crying […]

ADVENT MEDITATIONS – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16

Psalms 40,54; Isaiah 10: 5-19; Matthew 11:2-15   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: Dr. Steven Tomlinson, Advent Meditation   We await the upending of expectations. Waiting begins with a question: Why me? When will this end? Who will save us? The questions we ask determine the answers we can hear, the […]