John 1:1-18

Illustrated New Resources

  • Sermon Starters (Christmas 2B)(2020)

    by Scott Hoezee
    Marilynne Robinson loves lawn sprinklers. If you read her Pulitzer-prize winning novel, Gilead, then you know that she is always on the lookout for the glory that lurks in the everyday. Along those lines, she thinks that the person who invented the garden sprinkler did something far lovelier than just provide a handy way to water grass. Because, you see, sprinklers expose water droplets to sunlight, and in that shimmering moment, you see each drop not as the stuff you use to do the dishes or mop the kitchen floor. No, you see that each drop is really a jewel, a mini-cathedral, as the light refracts to expose the dazzling rainbow that surrounds us always. The essence of light and water is revealed in the selfsame moment, and it reminds us of the glory that engulfs us daily, though we mostly miss it. “We have seen his glory,” the evangelist John wrote. But he also wrote that the glory of that One and Only sent from the Father often is missed. “He came to that which was his own and his own received him not.” Glory surrounds us, John believed and Marilynne Robinson claims. But we miss it. We miss it again and again.
  • What Child is This?

    by Beth Johnston
    I thought of the well known poem by Dorothy Nolte, and thought that s few lines, (slightly altered) would be pertinent: “If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn. If a child lives with shame, she learns to feel guilty. If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice. If a child lives with security, she learns to have faith. If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world”
  • A Lighthouse to Guide Us Home

    by Todd Weir
    Grace Darling was one of the most famous heroines of 19th century England, a teenager whose father operated a lighthouse in the Farne Islands. In the early morning watch, she saw a ship foundered on the rocks of a nearby island, broken in half, and a few struggling survivors. When Grace told her father, he thought it was too dangerous to row out in the choppy sea, but she convinced him. Together they rowed a mile through perilous waters to the shipwreck and saved nine people of the crew of 63. Her bravery was celebrated in poetry by Wordsworth and in paintings, and she received awards. But she did it because she valued human life and was willing to take risks to save others. That is the job if you are a lightkeeper.
  • Is it Christmas Yet?

    by David Zersen
    Let me explore this new story with you in a personal way. It’s a story that lets the grace and truth of the Divine speak through human flesh and blood. As a child, my favorite story at Christmas time was called “Why the Chimes Rang”. It told that two brothers longed to attend Christmas Eve worship in the cathedral, but a huge snowstorm had made it impossible to get there this year. The reason both wanted to go was because the legend had it that when the greatest gift was placed on the altar, the bells that had not been heard in centuries would finally ring. The boys set out, but on the way the older had to stay behind because an old woman had fallen in a snowdrift and someone would have to help her to stay alive. The older brother gave the younger his pesos and Pedro made it to the cathedral. He watched as one-by-one, significant people placed their treasures at the altar. Even the king placed his crown in the middle of it. None caused the bells to ring—until little Pedro came quietly up the side and placed his few pesos at the altar and suddenly it happened. It was the sign—then as well as now—that the bells ring and God’s glory shines—when our love for another is more important than care for ourselves...

Other New Resources

Recommended Resources

{Based on requests from several members (although I am reluctant to do so since my favorites may not be those of others), I am listing here some of my own favorite resources. FWIW!!]
  • The Joy of Christmas

    by Sil Galvan
    Bret Harte, in his classic short story "The Luck of Roaring Camp," tells of the birth of a baby on the American frontier, a baby that made a radical change in a rough-and-tumble mining camp. The only woman in the camp, Cherokee Sal, a disreputable woman at best, died in childbirth, leaving a healthy young baby boy to be raised by the now all-male camp. These rough, hard men made a decision that would reflect changes that would come later. They considered hiring a woman nurse to care for the baby but eventually decided not to. Their logic was this: a nice nurse wouldn't come to their camp, and they didn't want any more women who weren't nice hanging around their baby. And so the work of regeneration began in Roaring Camp. The cabin assigned to little "Tommy Luck," as they called him, was kept scrupulously clean and whitewashed. The beautiful rosewood cradle that they purchased for the baby made the rest of the cabin look wretched, so they had to fix up the rest of the furniture in the room. Then a quarantine was imposed on those who wanted to hold little Tommy Luck, so they had to clean up for that privilege. Each act of cleanliness exposed that much more dirt and filth in the vicinity, so that new measures were taken to keep an ever-wider expanse of the camp clean. Since the baby needed rest, the camp became quieter and more dignified, less noisy and boisterous, no longer the "Roaring Camp" of the story's title. The story of the baby of Roaring Camp is the story of the regeneration of a people.
  • The Light of Christmas

    by Sil Galvan
    We all want to be remembered after we're gone. Hopefully, we'll be remembered for the good that we've done. We'll be remembered for how we have loved others and made a difference in their lives. I'm sure you're familiar with the poem The Dash. The author talks about going to a cemetery and seeing all of the dates on the tombstones with a dash between them. And she questions each of us about how we've lived that dash in our lives.
  • Christmas Day (B)

    by Bill Loader
    (always good insights!)
  • Christmas Day (C)

    by Bill Loader
    always good insights!
  • Christmas 2A

    by Bill Loader
  • Christmas 2B

    by Bill Loader
    (always good insights!)
  • In the Beginning

    by Nancy Rockwell
    ("Each Day; each generation; each child; is a new being. And in the act of creation, the potter also is being born, more and more with each clay creation. This is true as well for composers, painters, parents. And it is true for God – who is becoming while calling forth. And this is given in the only name God has owned: I Am Who I Am Becoming...")

Illustrated Resources from 2019 and 2020

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  • Needing Christmas

    by Jim Chern
    Pope Benedict XVI some years ago was able to hit the nail on the head with a reflection that has remained with me and helped recapture the joy of some of the excesses that sometimes are seen this time of year. He said, Let us remember in particular, as we look at the streets and squares of the cities decorated with dazzling lights, that these lights refer us to another light, invisible to the eyes but not to the heart. While we admire them, while we light the candles in churches or the illuminations of the crib and the Christmas tree in our homes, may our souls be open to the true spiritual light brought to all people of good will. The God-with-us, born in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary, is the Star of our lives!...
  • God, Light My Pathway and My Mirror

    by Rian Adams
    Dr. Maxwell Maltz was once one of the premier cosmetic surgeons in the United States. He began to notice a theme with his patients; many were disappointed after their surgeries. One story he told stands out to me. A car crash gashed a young woman’s cheek when she was an adolescent. The result was a large scar across her cheek. It was a painful embarrassment through her teenage years; she just wanted it to go away. She knew that her emotional pain would leave with the scar. Dr. Maltz said, “I told her that I’d remove the scar, and, after surgery, she would look fine once again. It will be as if it was never there.” After surgery, he waited for her reaction. He said, “Many patients are joyful when they first see their new, improved image. But her reaction was uncertain; she expressed no real positive emotion. I waited a few seconds, then said, “What do you think? Do you like it?” “It looks better,’ she admitted, `but I don’t feel better!'”...
  • The Word Among Us

    by Kate Moorehead
    At the age of nineteen months, Helen Adams Keller became ill. It was 1881. Doctors did not know what to call the mysterious illness that came over the little girl. They described it as "an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain." Perhaps it was scarlet fever or meningitis. Whatever it was, the illness ravaged Helen's little body, leaving her blind and deaf. Helen survived but she woke up alone in a world of darkness. Helen's family did not know how to reach her. She behaved like an animal. She was fed and dressed but without the ability to communicate - without language - she was lost. She ran around the house and grounds wildly searching for food or getting into mischief. She ran roughshod over her family. No one knew how to reach her. Until a young woman was hired as her tutor: Anne Sullivan...
  • Sermon Starters (Christmas 2A)(2020)

    by Scott Hoezee
    Marilynne Robinson loves lawn sprinklers. If you read her Pulitzer-prize winning novel, Gilead, then you know that she is always on the lookout for the glory that lurks in the everyday. Along those lines, she thinks that the person who invented the garden sprinkler did something far lovelier than just provide a handy way to water grass. Because, you see, sprinklers expose water droplets to sunlight, and in that shimmering moment, you see each drop not as the stuff you use to do the dishes or mop the kitchen floor. No, you see that each drop is really a jewel, a mini-cathedral, as the light refracts to expose the dazzling rainbow that surrounds us always. The essence of light and water is revealed in the selfsame moment, and it reminds us of the glory that engulfs us daily, though we mostly miss it. “We have seen his glory,” the evangelist John wrote. But he also wrote that the glory of that One and Only sent from the Father often is missed. “He came to that which was his own and his own received him not.” Glory surrounds us, John believed and Marilynne Robinson claims. But we miss it. We miss it again and again.
  • Christmas Day (B)(2020)

    by Jude Siciliano, OP
    Have you heard this a story? A group of friends gathered for a dinner. The mother leaves the table to put her three-year-old daughter to bed and then returns to the dinner. As night progressed the weather outside changed. It started with a strong wind, the trees snapped back and forth, Branches crashed to the ground alongside the house. Then heavy rain came with some hail pounding the roof. Everyone jumped up to close the windows and look out at the lightening fireworks. The adults were fascinated. But the little girl upstairs began crying with fright. Her mother rushed upstairs to comfort her and before leaving the child’s room said, "You should never be afraid dear, God is always with you." The child responded, "Yes, I know God is with me. But I want someone with skin on."...
  • In the Beginning of a New Year and a New Decade, What Are We to Do?

    by Dawn Hutchings
    In the beginning of this new decade I do have a story to tell you. It is Sufi myth full of questions. The Sufi myth begins where Sufi myths often begin. It begins with a certain Sultan owned everything a man could wish for and still he did not know the purpose of life. The answer to three questions made his life difficult: What should I do? With which people should I do the things God asks me to do? When should I do it? The Sultan asked the advice of all kinds of wise people, and then he was told that there was a Chishti dervish, who lived far away, and who might give him a satisfactory answer. The Sultan immediately left and after a journey of several weeks he met the dervish. The dervish was cultivating his own land. He was a simple man, but no simpleton, as he was reciting a Persian quatrain over and over again: There is a work beyond knowledge, realize that, go! Do not work to get jewels, be the mine, go! The heart is a temporary abode, leave it and come! The soul is the final abode, realize that, go! The Sultan was however not interested in Persian poems and put his three questions to the dervish...
  • Light and Gold

    Art and Theology by Victoria Jones
    Includes “Lux Aurumque” | Original English text (“Light and Gold”) by Edward Esch (born 1970), translated into Latin by Charles Anthony Silvestri, 2000 | Music by Eric Whitacre, 2000 | Performed by Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir, 2010
  • Living Our Incarnations

    by Jim McCrea
    Scientists tell us that the Second Law of Thermodynamics states that, left alone, any system will decay. Yet, the earth is filled with life forms that are highly organized and complex. Dr. Boris P. Dotsenko was the former head of the nuclear physics department at the Institute of Physics in Kiev, Russia wrote about that paradox and about the nature of the universe. He said, “In suddenly dawned on me that there must be a very powerful organizing force counteracting the disorganizing tendency within nature, keeping the universe controlled and in order. This force could not be material; otherwise it too would become disordered. I concluded that this power must be both omnipotent and omniscient. There must be a God — one God — controlling everything.” The Greeks called this power that sustained the universe “the reason of God” and the word they used for “reason” can also be translated simply “word.”...
  • Word, Light, Life

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
    The early Van Gogh shown here may at first glance seem a plodding comparison to the lofty language of the gospel, but the painting seems to embody the two sides of the text: old and new, accepted and rejected, light and life...all in the context of the word. Van Gogh painted the work after the death of his father, a Dutch Reformed minister...
  • Testify to the Light

    by Steve Pankey
    One of my jobs as co-pilot for my father-in-law was to find the beacon. While he was busy getting the plane ready to land, communicating with air traffic control, and going through his check-lists, my eyes were fixed in the general vicinity of the airport, looking for that familiar light to flash across the windshield. “Got it,” was my usual response when the airport beacon was in sight. These two words were enough for Doug to know that the mandatory landing ahead of us would be as standard as a visual landing can be. As the co-pilot, I am the one responsible to testify to the light...
  • The Word Became Flesh

    by Anna Tew
    “Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on… Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss, Though winning near the goal yet, do not grieve; She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss, For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!” Thus begins John Keats’ poem, Ode on a Grecian Urn. In it, Keats celebrates the permanent anticipation of a life quite literally set in stone. Pipes play unheard, unable to be judged. Two lovers stay in an almost-kiss, the anticipation forever building but never accomplished. If anticipation is the best part of any experience, Keats holds, then this painted or chiseled world is paradise: stone, not flesh, immortal, forever in joyous anticipation...
  • Witnessing to the Light

    by Alex Thomas
    In a book Man at work in God’s world the author, Red Barber, a sports writer, tells the story of a church service that he attended before the Hall of Fame Baseball game. It was held at Christ Church, Coopertown, N.Y., and the rector asked Warren Giles, the president of the National league, to read a lesson. He accepted without hesitation. He not only read the lesson but also put on robes in order to do it. Barber, who had known Giles for some years, said to him, “Warren I’m surprised, that you are putting on vestments, and that you are going to read the lesson. I didn’t know you were interested in religion. At least, I’ve never heard you speak of it.” Giles' answer was what really got to him. He said, “I never thought it was necessary to speak of it. I regard religion as natural and as necessary as my next breath.”...
  • A Visited Planet

    by Carl Wilton
    Fifty-one years ago tonight — Christmas Eve — three men witnessed a sight no human being had ever before seen. They took a picture of it. A picture that has likely been seen by more human beings than any other. A reproduction of that photo is printed on our bulletin cover this evening. The three men were American astronauts: Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, the crew of Apollo 8. They were orbiting the moon, and had already gone round three times. On the fourth pass, they looked up and saw something they hadn’t expected to see (they’d been so preoccupied with examining the gray, pockmarked lunar surface below them). What they saw stunned them. It took their breath away. What they saw was the earth rising. Frank Borman, commander of the expedition, described it this way: “I happened to glance out of one of the still-clear windows just at the moment the Earth appeared over the lunar horizon. It was the most beautiful, heart-catching sight of my life, one that sent a torrent of nostalgia, of sheer homesickness, surging through me. It was the only thing in space that had any color to it. Everything else was either black or white, but not the Earth.”...

Illustrated Resources from 2016 to 2018

  • A Candle Which Consumes Itself to Light the Way for Others

    by Neil Bishop
    One of the first people in England to champion democracy and the right of ordinary people - not just the bosses and the political elite - to decide what happens was an army officer called John Lilburne. For his outspokenness he was put in prison, where he caught a fever which led to his premature death. His wife was pregnant at the time. Someone said of him that he was like a lighted candle - in giving light to others he had used up himself. And Christians think Jesus was like that, too. When he came into the world on the first Christmas night he brought a light into the world which no darkness has ever been able to put out. And yet this was only possible because the Christmas story was followed by Easter. He allowed his own life to be used up for others.
  • The Love That Is Christmas

    from Claretians
    Teddy was wealthy, handsome and unhappy. He could afford to buy whatever he wanted - including women to sleep with. He could put on his act and charm the gals, he drank everything from tuba to whiskey and smoked everything from cigarettes to pot. But deep inside he was empty. Then he met Heriot. That was five years ago. "Before I met her," he said, "it seems that I did not know what the words beauty and reverence meant. But when I met her and encountered her loveliness I seemed to see beauty in all of the world. I felt reverence towards her and all the world besides. I suddenly felt horrified at using another person just for my own pleasure and was terrified that what I had done may have made me dirty for her. I never touched another girl since. I stopped smoking and only drank lightly in company from the day I met her. Our two years of marriage have been probably as near to perfect as a marriage could be. I just marvel and thank God for such a love as that of Heriot. She gives meaning and value to all that I do."...
  • Let the Light Shine Upon Us

    by Craig Condon
    There is a story about two brothers, named Tom and John, whose father had died. He had willed the farm to the two of them to keep his sons together. It had not worked that way. John had married and lived in a small town with his family. Tom, who remained single, lived alone in the old farmhouse. “John is always preoccupied with his family,” Tom thought. “I do more than my share of the work.” He began to resent his brother. “Tom is always so grouchy,” thought John. “He is jealous of my wife and children.” A wall of resentment built up between them. They would hardly speak to each other. They attended the same little church in town and sat on opposite sides of the nave during the Christmas Eve service. John was troubled because they had hardly acknowledged each other’s presence as they sat in church. On the way home John said to his wife, “Tom is alone and has no one to share Christmas. I know he won’t come here. Maybe we can take a warm dinner to him.” His wife prepared a delicious meal and John put it into a sleigh and started from the small town to the farmhouse in the country. Meanwhile, Tom, sitting alone, said to himself: “Life is too short for this. John is my only brother and he has it hard with his wife and family. I will load my wagon with wood for the fire and gifts for the children.” So he loaded his wagon and drove toward town...
  • God Is for Us

    by Evan Garner
    How do you catch a duck? When 30,000 people are watching you, and your boss tells you not to hurt it, how do you catch a duck? I don’t remember what day it was or who the Cubs were playing, but I remember that at some point in the latter innings of a game at Wrigley Field, a duck flew in and landed on the warning track at the base of the ivy-covered brick wall. It was a distraction—for the players as well as the fans—and the ground crew supervisor asked for a volunteer to go and get the duck. “I ain’t scared of no duck,” I thought to myself, as I raised my hand to volunteer. “Alright,” he said to me, “go get it.”
  • The Messiah Is Among Us

    by Dawn Hutchings
    Once there was a monastery with a long history of commerce and a thriving spiritual community. But as time wore on, fewer and fewer villagers visited the hallowed halls. Fewer people turned to the monastery for advice. Even the sale of their famous wines began to dwindle. The abbot began to despair for his community. “What should they do?” he wondered. They prayed daily for guidance, but the brothers only became more dispirited. The monastery itself reflected their mood, becoming shabby and untidy. At last the Abbot, hearing that a wise Jewish rabbi was visiting, swallowed his pride and went to visit the rabbi to ask his advice. The abbot and the rabbi visited for a long time...
  • Christmas Day (A)(2016)

    by Richard Johnson
    Ruth Dudley tells the story of her very precocious three-year-old grandson Brendon. One day she found him staring intently at a group of ants, who were going about their business. “What are you thinking?” Grandma asked. “I’m wondering whether ants can hear,” the boy replied. “Do you know whether ants have ears?” “Sorry,” Ruth confessed, “I really don’t know. But why? Do you have something you want to tell them?” “Well actually, Ruth,” Brendan said, in a voice remarkably condescending for a three-year old, “even if they do have ears and can hear, my voice would be quite incomprehensible to them.” A bit flummoxed, Ruth decided she’d fix the smart-aleck grandson. “So if you really wanted to communicate with them, how would you go about it?” After a long and thoughtful pause, Brendan replied, “Well, I guess I’d just have to become an ant.”
  • The Work of Christmas

    by Kirk Alan Kubicek
    A story is told about some Navy SEALs sent to free a group of hostages in one of the corners of the world. As they storm into the hiding place, they find the hostages huddled on the floor in a corner of the room. The SEALs tell them they are there to take them home. Get up and follow us. No one moves. They are so damaged by the experience of their captivity that they do not believe these are really people sent to set them free. So, one of these SEALs does something: he takes off his helmet, puts down his gun, gets down on the floor, softens his face, and huddles up next to the captives, putting his arms around a few of them. No guards would do this. He whispers, “We are like you. We are here to be with you and to rescue you. Let us take you home. Will you follow us?” One by one, the prisoners get up and are eventually taken to safety on an aircraft carrier and brought home...
  • A Child Is Born

    by Anne Le Bas
    Parents should be singers of a song, murmuring the ancient lines like waves into the seashell ears of new-born children, "You are beautiful, and beloved and the best thing in the world." The whispered tune is tangled through their hearts, and, humming with the resonance of love, the contrapuntal melodies turn softly in the pathways of their souls, to spin the strands of safety with their song of reassurance. "You are beautiful, and beloved and the best thing in the world." And when they are grown, these love-sung children? When they are grown they echo still with music. "You are beautiful, and beloved and the best thing in the world."
  • Here's How Much I Love You

    by Joseph Pagano
    In a Reader’s Digest story, Maureen Macay gives a lovely example of a grace she experienced while traveling in China. She writes, “Traveling by train in China, my son and I shared a sleeping compartment with a Chinese couple. They spoke no English and we knew few Chinese words, so conversation was impossible — until an hour into the trip, when the man called someone on his cell phone. After a few moments, he passed the phone to his wife who also spoke into it. Then, to my surprise, she handed me the phone. Feeling rather foolish, I said, ‘Hello’ into it. The person at the other end was the couple’s daughter, who spoke perfect English. I told her about us and our trip, and she relayed the information to her parents. How delightful that a simple phone call could teach us such a lesson about Chinese graciousness.” And the ability to communicate.
  • This Fragile Season

    by Larry Patten
    For a few years at a church I once served, John sang Ave Maria at the Christmas Eve service. Sometimes, his name was listed in the worship bulletin; sometimes he unexpectedly appeared and we’d let him sing. Of course we would! It was a United Methodist congregation, and yet there was John, crooning the most Roman Catholic of songs about a maiden and her child. John may have been a drug addict. He occasionally worshiped in the non-Ave Maria seasons, present for a few Sundays in a row, perhaps singing in the choir, and then—for months—disappearing. He randomly worked, with a mix of rumors that his family was wealthy and sent him money. The then thirty-something John drifted here and there. I’d worry about him. I’d forget about him. I have wondered, especially during Decembers, what happened to John?
  • Why Christianity?

    by Charles Reeb
    Author Max Lucado tells about a trip his family took to the United Kingdom. They visited a castle. In the center of the castle garden sat a maze with row after row of shoulder-high hedges, leading to one dead end after another. If you successfully navigate the labyrinth, you discover the door to a tall tower in the center of the garden. Lucado says that if you were to look at their family pictures of the trip, you'd see four of their five family members standing on the top of the tower. Guess who was missing? That's right, Lucado. Lucado says he was lost and stuck in that maze. He couldn't figure out which way to go. But then he heard a voice from above, "Hey, Dad." He looked up to the top of the tower to see his daughter Sara, peering down at him. "You're going the wrong way," she explained. "Back up and turn right."
  • The Miracle of Christmas

    by David Sellery
    God is not some remote force who lit the fuse on the Big Bang, got the machinery in motion and is waiting around for inertia to bring the whole thing crashing down. God cares more about you at this moment than he does for all the stars in the universe. They are just masses of energy and matter. You are his beloved… made in his image and likeness. You are the reason there is a Christmas… the moment God’s love emerged in human form for our redemption.

Illustrated Resources from 2014 and 2015

  • A World of Hope and Disappointment

    by Greg Carey
    ("Optimism tends to accompany a new year. But we leave 2014 somewhat broken and disappointed. The online magazine Slate has christened 2014 The Year of Outrage. I bet the name sticks. Slate's snappy multi-media calendar links the most outrageous news story for every day of the past year. What was so outrageous, and who found themselves offended?...")
  • Christmas 2C (2015)

    by Joshua Carney
    Logos is first a mathematical term used to describe reckoning accounts. In the pre-Socratic philosophers it takes on a cosmic connotation, meaning something like balance or reckoning in the universe (see Pythagoras). Heraclitus was the first Greek philosopher to imbue metaphysical meaning arguing that the term meant universal coherence. The Sophists, who offered professional instruction in speaking, taught the art of logos, which was speech, reasoning, and argumentation.
  • Christmas 2B (2015)

    by Delmar Chilton
    ("A few years ago at a funeral over which I presided, a young man spoke lovingly about his father, Henry, a working class guy, a factory worker. The son had gone far, both far in life and far from home, studying in major universities in far-flung cities as he became first an M.D. and then a well-respected expert in his specialty. At the funeral, the doctor said that often when he called home, he would apologize to his father for being so far away, for seldom being able to visit. And Henry would say, 'It's okay son, it's okay. Alexander Graham Bell was a great man. He allowed us to go cheek-to-cheek anytime.'...")
  • A Happ(ier) New Year

    by Tom Cox
    ("I'm sure that the soldiers of Christmas 1914 wished each other a Happ(ier) New Year at midnight, or did they just wish, that things would turn out okay and this nightmare would soon be over and they could return home to pick up the pieces. A recent 'tradition' in our parish is to play 'Christmas 1915' which tells of an informal Christmas Truce between the two warring armies...")
  • The Force Awakens: The Light Shines in the Darkness

    by Janet Hunt
    And yet, we who cling to the Light keep on pointing to it. Even Queen Elizabeth in her annual Christmas Message pointed to these words in John's Gospel: 'The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it...' She spoke these words as she reflected on the shared moments of darkness the world has experienced in this last year. Indeed, we all continue to hang on to the promises of God as we hear them again today. In spite of all evidence to the contrary.
  • No Plastic Jesus Here: The Word Became Flesh

    by Janet Hunt
    ("I find myself remembering an old song called Plastic Jesus which was recorded in the early 1960's. If you haven't heard it before, it may be helpful to know that it was 'inspired' by a radio station in Del Rio, Texas in the late 1950's 'which was run by a dentist and religious fanatic who sold the most outrageous stuff imaginable, all with magical healing properties'. It is a spoof, of course, and speaks to our certainty that inanimate objects in and of themselves cannot protect us or save us. At least not in the way Jesus --- the Word become flesh ---did and does...")
  • Christmas Day (C)(2015)

    by Charlie Irvin
    Back in 1970 a Belgian Cardinal by the name of Suenens was asked the question: 'Why are you a man of hope even in these days?' He answered: 'Because I believe that God is new every morning, I believe that God is creating the world today, at this very moment. He did not just create it in the long ago and then forget about it. That means that we have to expect the unexpected as the normal way of God's providence at work.
  • Home Again

    by Beth Johnston
    A few weeks ago there was a the story in the paper of the woman who had fallen victim to a scam artist and as a result was left with a leaky roof and no way to fix it because she had given all her money to the one who perpetrated the scam. Over the past few weeks, people she knew, total strangers and local businesse have pitched in to help and the good news is that her roof will soon be fixed and other needed repairs attended to as well
  • Christ Doesn't Belong Back in the Box

    by Frank Logue
    ("The poet W.H. Auden captured the after-Christmas feeling very well. Toward the close of his long poem, For the Time Being, he wrote: 'Well, so that is that. Now we must dismantle the tree, Putting the decorations back into their cardboard boxes – Some have got broken – and carrying them up to the attic. The holly and the mistletoe must be taken down and burnt, And the children got ready for school. There are enough Leftovers to do, warmed up, for the rest of the week – Not that we have much appetite, having drunk such a lot...")
  • Close to God's Heart

    by Kate Matthews
    (includes several quotes)
  • Midnight Clear

    Film Summary by Ed McNulty
    Film takes place on Christmas Eve. Includes questions for reflection.
  • In the Beginning

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
    in Michelangelo's Creation of Adam, we know that God's right hand reaches out to the newly created Adam. (Detail below.) Here's the question: where is God's left hand and arm?
  • Let There Be Light

    by Scott Moore
    ("A 31 year-old physicist at MIT, Jeremy England, has been mixing things up a bit in the world of physics and the question of the origin of life, as we know it, here on earth (and perhaps existing elsewhere). The Big Bang followed by primordial ooze giving birth to life is not enough for the young physicist. According to England, there are even more fundamental laws of nature at work...")
  • Becoming Flesh, Becoming God

    by Nathan Nettleton
    A psychologist who's done a lot of work understanding childhood experiences once said to me that the experience of being a small child is always a bit humiliating. When my daughter was quite young, I used to get frustrated by the habit she had of trying to find some error to correct in everything I said, and I had to remind myself that not only was that embarrassingly like me, but that it was understandable for her to be desperately wanting to be more knowledgeable or more powerful than those around her at least some of the time.
  • The Light of All People versus Evangelical Fury

    by Nancy Rockwell
    And in every culture, every nation and every faith, there are those who have seen the light that enlightens nations, the word that becomes flesh and is full of grace and truth. It is not where they worship that defines them, but how they walk about this earth, cherishing the light they find in others. We can all look at Larycia Hawkins, and see one of them.
  • The Three Shower Gifts

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
    ("The third astrologer or 'wizard brought myrrh. This was perhaps the most insightful-and weird-of the three gifts of the magi. Myrrh was used as an embalming spice. It was used in burial rituals. In fact, myrrh was a sign of death. Not a very traditional "shower gift." Yet here is death in attendance at the baby Jesus' bedside...")
  • Love Him in the World of the Flesh

    by Peter Thompson
    ("In the early 1940's, as World War II was commencing, the English American poet W. H. Auden wrote a long poem, called For the Time Being, in which he sought to communicate the importance of Christmas for the present. The poem then ends with these poignant stanzas: 'He is the Way. Follow him through the Land of Unlikeness; You will see rare beasts, and have unique adventures. He is the Truth.Seek him in the Kingdom of Anxiety; You will come to a great city that has expected your return for years. He is the Life. ...")
  • The Gift of Light

    by Keith Wagner
    ("One time there was a young man who started a dime store business in a small town. He was a good man, honest and friendly. When he had gotten older he found himself lying in a hospital bed, dying. So the man summoned his three adult children to his bedside. His business had become very successful, with additional stores. He told his children that one of them would be selected as the future president of his company..." and other illustrations)
  • There Are No Words

    by Carl Wilton
    There are no words.' If you ever hear someone say that, it generally means one of two things. Either the person's witnessing something of awe-inspiring beauty — standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon, or gazing at some masterpiece in a museum — or the speaker is face to face with tragedy, their own or someone else's. Bereavement, suffering, natural disaster. For such experiences there are no words.

Illustrated Resources from 2011 to 2013

  • Living the Light

    by Christopher Burkett
    ("In Henrik Ibsen's famous play Ghosts, Pastor Manders and Mrs Alving reminisce about the deceased Mr Alving. The pastor speaks highly of the woman's husband who had been regarded as a respectable pillar of the local community. Suddenly Mrs Alving opens up to the cleric and tells the truth about her husband; things she had kept to herself for many years...")
  • Feel the Buzz

    by Wendy Porter Cade
    ("It was 4 o'clock when the train pulled into the Woodside Station in Queens. I was almost there. It was an open platform, and I could see the skyline from my train. I could smell the city. In four-and-a-half minutes, we would emerge from a tunnel that ran through the East River and Manhattan would be under my feet. Home sweet home. Except something was wrong. The doors opened, but they did not shut...")
  • Christmas 2C (2013)

    by Delmer Chilton
    ("my experience of stumbling about in the dark in Daddy's backyard came rushing back to me. There is one way in which my Daddy and God Almighty were alike; they had both been wandering around their respective back yards for a long time, they knew everything that was there and they didn't need a light. But unlike Daddy, God has taken account of the visitors and strangers stumbling around in the world's darkness and God has provided a light to show us the way..."
  • The Word Became Flesh

    by Delmer Chilton
    ("Kierkegaard tells the story of a king who was in love with poor peasant girl. She did not know him personally; he saw her from afar and wanted her for his bride. At first the king thought he would do what kings normally did; he would send for her, announce his attention to marry her, she would accept and be eternally grateful that he had rescued her from her poor village, etc...") (scroll down for this sermon)
  • In Darkness, We See Light

    by Tom Cox
    ("One of my hobbies is star watching. Recently I was out searching to glimpse the International Space Station and a meteor shower. But I constantly find that I have to move out of my publicly lit home area to the unlit dark countryside to glimpse the heavens. It is a strange truth that I need the darkness to see the light. But it's true of life. We all know that Christmas season for many people in crisis is difficult...")
  • Moving into the Neighborhood

    by Kathy Donley
    there were two brothers 8 and 10 years old, who were exceedingly mischievous. Whatever went wrong in the neighborhood, it turned out they had a hand in it. Their parents were at their wits' end. Their mother heard about a priest who worked with delinquent boys, so she asked the priest to talk to them. The priest agreed, so the mother sent the younger boy to the priest first. The priest’s strategy was to make the boy realize that God was everywhere and could see everything he did. He pointed his forefinger at the boy and asked, "Where is God?" The boy said nothing. Again, louder, the priest pointed at the boy and asked, "Where is God?" Again the boy said nothing. A third time, in a louder, firmer voice, the priest leaned far across the desk and put his forefinger almost to the boy's nose, and asked, "Where is God?" The boy jumped up and ran all the way home. He grabbed his older brother and pulled him upstairs to their room without speaking. Then he finally said, "We are in BIG trouble this time" The older boy asked, "What do you mean, BIG trouble?" His brother replied, "God is missing and they think WE did it!"...
  • Once There Was a Child

    by Frank Fisher
    ("Once there was a Child. A Child who was a special Child indeed. A special Child who loved to do many special things. But out of all the special things this special Child loved to do, there was nothing more special than the time the Child spent working in the workshop. That's not too surprising, because this was no ordinary workshop. Only wondrous things were ever made in it...")
  • New People

    by Daniel Harrell
    ("The parallel between Genesis 1 and John 1 is obvious, but if you press forward, the connections run throughout. The six miracles in John's gospel correspond to the six days of creation. On the sixth day, God makes man in his image and gives him the tree of life; in John, the sixth miracle is God becoming man and hanging on the tree of death. On the cross, Jesus declares that "it is finished," naming his work good much like the Creator does in Genesis...")
  • Christmas 2A (2010)

    by Scott Hoezee
    ("Marilynne Robinson loves lawn sprinklers. If you read her Pulitzer-prize winning novel, Gilead, then you know that she is always on the lookout for the glory that lurks in the everyday. Along those lines, she thinks that the person who invented the garden sprinkler did something far lovelier than just provide a handy way to water grass...")
  • And Pitched His Tent Among Us

    by Janet Hunt
    ("There is so much that captures our imaginations in this wonderful poetry found in John's first chapter. Indeed, one might find oneself reflecting on the similarity of these opening words to that of Genesis 1 where both writers weave poetry about 'beginnings.' One could stand still in the marvelous contrast between light and darkness. One surely can't help but consider the truth that some received and receive Jesus well --- and others simply do did not and do not still...")
  • How Would We Tell It?

    by Beth Johnston
    "How many different ways can we tell the same story? The way you tell a story, what you include and what you leave out, shows the hearer, or reader, what is important to you, the teller of the tale. One of the first things I learned in history in university was that there is really no such thing as a "pure history" of an event, if by that term you mean, 'just the facts and only the facts'..."
  • Can Anything Come Toward Nazareth?

    by Rick Miles
    Martha was heartbroken. Due to the unexpected blizzard, the airports were closed throughout the Midwest. Her daughter in New York, the one for whom she had baked the turkey, and the pies, and all the rest for Christmas dinner, would not be here for Christmas. When Alice called to see if she had heard any news, Martha told her the sad story, barely able to fight back her tears. “Jill may not get here for two or three days, she says. What was to be our very best Christmas is on the way to being our very worst,” said Martha, with some bitterness in her voice. “I’m very sorry that the storm will keep her away from home,” said Alice, “But maybe this bad news can come to some good.” “How?” asked Martha. “I’ve just found out that we have nobody to work at the Homeless Shelter tonight. George always does it, every Christmas, but George is in bed with the flu. There’s just no one else. Everyone else is with, well, family. Is there anyway that you might help?” asked Alice. Martha felt some resentment that Alice would be so cold as to move so quickly from sharing her disappointment, to asking her to do this job. But what had she to lose? She said yes. In an hour, she was down at the Homeless Shelter, serving soup, opening cots...
  • Christmas Day (B)

    by Paul O'Reilly, SJ
    ("Last week I went to the 40th birthday party of a good friend of mine called Obu. It was wonderful celebration. There were many good people there - many old friends who had not seen each other for a very long time. But for me, the best moment was when Obu's four-year old son came in, carrying his father's birthday cake...")
  • Tattoo Truths

    by Larry Patten
    ("And not long ago, with a muddling of facts to protect the innocent and guilty, I heard a version of 'the light shines in the darkness' when we discussed a patient at the hospice where I work. What is not true, but true enough, is that we were discussing a young man with leukemia. They were planning to get a tattoo. How silly of them! The social worker said, 'Their tattoo will be in Latin'...")
  • How the Light Comes

    by Jan Richardson
    ("I cannot tell you how the light comes. What I know is that it is more ancient than imagining. That it travels across an astounding expanse to reach us. That it loves searching out what is hidden what is lost what is forgotten or in peril or in pain. That it has a fondness for the body for finding its way toward flesh for tracing the edges of form for shining forth through the eye, the hand, the heart...")
  • New Begininings

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
    ("Joke writer Ed McManus has some words of comfort for those of us who are setting resolutions: 'Don't worry about [keeping] those 2013 News Year's resolutions', he says. 'You only have to deal with them until the end of February and then you can give them up for Lent.' It sounds like he has been spying on some of us...")
  • The Word Became Flesh

    by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson
    ("In his book The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey shares an episode from his youth when the concept of "the Word became flesh and lived among us" dawned on him with profound meaning: 'I learned about incarnation when I kept a salt-water aquarium. Management of a marine aquarium, I discovered, is no easy task...")
  • Incarnation

    by Philip Yancey
    ("I learned about incarnation when I kept a salt-water aquarium. Management of a marine aquarium, I discovered, is no easy task. I had to run a portable chemical laboratory to monitor the nitrate levels and the ammonia content. I pumped vitamins and antibiotics and sulpha drugs and enough enzymes to make a rock grow. I filtered the water through glass fibres and charcoal, and exposed it to ultraviolet light...")

Illustrated Resources from 2009 and 2010

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  • A Permanent Glimpse of God

    by Thomas Lane Butts
    ("In his Daily Study Bible Series on the Gospel of John, Dr. William Barclay tells of a little girl who when she was confronted with some of the more bloodthirsty and savage parts of the Old Testament felt called upon to offer some explanation in defense of God. She said: 'That happened before God became a Christian.'..." and other illustrations)
  • What Shall We Name Him: The Light of the World

    by Nancy Cushman
    ("Bo Don Cox, a writer talked about the corrosive power of fear in his life. He wrote, "I was afraid of not fitting in the first time I got high. I was afraid of someone else seeing the truth the first time I lied...")
  • Kids Tell the Christmas Story

    Video from the Episcopal Cafe
  • God Become Flesh

    by Vince Gerhardy
    ("It's Christmas Eve in 1943 and the setting is a railway station somewhere in the United States. Eleven year old Gordy and his sister Priscilla and their mother are waiting for a train that will bring the children's father home for Christmas. He has been on the battle fields of Europe...")
  • Christmas 1A (2010)

    by Ben Helmer
    ("On the island of Guam, a U.S. territory in the western Pacific, there are many people who have come seeking a better life for their children. One of them is a man we'll call Andrew. Andrew came to Guam with his common-law wife and several children, seeking a better life and to escape from the grinding poverty that afflicts much of Micronesia...")
  • The Word Made Flesh

    by John Loving
    ("he poet Madeline L'Engle expresses it better than I can. 'He did not wait till the world was ready, till men and nations were at peace. He came when the Heavens were unsteady, and prisoners cried out for release...")
  • Christmas 1C (2009)

    by Robert Morrison
    ("Paulette Schroeder wrote this week from Hebron, in the Land of Light, the Land of God's Promise, on behalf of Christian Peacemaking Teams. 'It strikes me as strange that in the midst of soldiers, guns, checkpoints, detentions, humiliations, in the face of the Occupation and all its flagrant dehumanization of the Palestinians, I have come to see the Occupation's spotlight as something that illuminates the beauty of Jesus' Incarnation...")
  • Christmas 1C (2009)

    by Joseph Parrish
    ("Nicky Gumbel who later authored the Alpha Bible study course said he was a confirmed atheist up until a deciding moment when he was at college. His friends Nicky Lee and Cilla had gone to a revival held in another town, and upon their return they came into Nicky Gumbel's dorm room and told him the good news that they had accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior...")
  • When You Wish Upon a Star

    by Joseph Parrish
    ("I'm in that generation which was 'teethed' on Walt Disney on the television. I found myself humming 'When you wish upon a star'...")
  • Prince of Peace: Child and King

    by Beth Quick
    ("Probably all of you have read Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or seen the movie or cartoon versions of the Grinch. The Grinch, a grouchy monster-like grump tries to 'steal Christmas' from all the Whos in Whoville....")
  • The Book of Beginnings

    by Jan Richardson
    ("In a French Book of Hours fashioned in the Middle Ages, the Virgin Mary stands admiring the infant Jesus. Shed of his makeshift manger bed, Jesus has moved up to fancier digs: he is cradled in a book, securely enclosed by the leather strap that holds it shut...")
  • Christmastide: A Reminder Where Our Hearts Belong

    by William Thigpen III
    ("My normal drive to the church took me under a freeway overpass. As I approached the freeway, an odd sight caught my attention; and it made me look again. It was a pink aluminum Christmas tree about three feet high set up on a small triangular littered patch of grass between the bridge and the onramp to the freeway...")
  • Looking for the Light This Season

    by Alex Thomas
    ("a few years ago, I was out with a group of young adults camping out in the country. Our late evening session entailed going out together in the dark, into the woods, on an unfamiliar trail. One person, the leader, had been on the trail before and he was the only one with a flashlight. It was quite scary to say the least. We didn't know where we were, but we did finally end up in the light of the main building. When we arrived back at the building, we sat around and talked about the experience...")
  • A Kiss That Still Works

    by Richard Tombaugh
    ("And what, may we ask is darkness? Darkness is the terror that frightens. It is what shames the soul and drags us down. Darkness is what hides truth from us and causes us to lose our way as we seek the great end of holiness....")
  • Empowered by the Word

    by Keith Wagner
    ("One time there was a man named Henry Carter who was a counselor in a home for disturbed children. It was Christmas Eve and they were preparing for a service of carols, followed by a meal and opening presents. One of the children, who name was Tommy, crawled under his bed and refused to come out..." and other illustrations)
  • Surprises at the Head of the Year

    by David Zersen
    ("I've been reading a novel titled The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff for a book club of which I'm a member. The novel purports to relate the story of Mormon pioneer Brigham Young's many wives along with a second contemporary story line which explores a mysterious murder within a polygamous sect in Utah...")

Illustrated Resources from the Archives

  • Becoming God's Child

    by M. Craig Barnes
    ("The people who enjoy Christmas the most are children. So if you want to really enter into the joy this season, you will have to become a child of God.... ")
  • Jesus' Gifts: Grace and Truth

    by M. Craig Barnes
    ("Would you like to know what Jesus got you for Christmas this year? It is the same thing he has been giving people since the very first Christmas the gifts of grace and truth. The best news is that he brought these gifts to you, in the flesh.... ")
  • He Is Not Silent

    by Peter Blackburn
  • The Candle

    by Willem Brandt
    (a powerful illustration!!)
  • Comments, Illustration Ideas, Etc. (Christmas)(B)(2005)

    from the Center for Excellence in Preaching
  • Advent 4C (2006)

    from the Center for Excellence in Preaching
    ("Several years ago, at Christmas, I was walking downtown, late for an appointment. I rushed past a small group of young teenagers who were singing carols on the sidewalk. I should have kept running, but for some reason I stopped for just a moment. It was then that I noticed these teenagers all had some developmental disability...")
  • Bethlehem Homecoming

    by Tom Cox
    ("Christmas is associated with homecoming. Our homes and fridges are never fuller. In preceding days; airports, train stations and ferry terminals strain to cope with the extra traffic. Whatever the reality, to be away from “home” leads to a special homesickness and loneliness...")
  • The Real Thing

    by Tom Cox
  • Sudden Hope

    by Patricia de Jong
  • The Reindeer Gospel

    by Ernest Munachi Ezeogu, CSSP
  • Welcoming the Divine Guest

    by Ernest Munachi Ezeogu, CSSP
  • God Has a Word for You

    by Vince Gerhardy
  • Christmas Day (B)(2005)

    by Andrew Greeley
  • Chile con Carne

    by Peter Haynes
  • Not Just "For the Birds"

    by Peter Haynes
    ("He wasn't a scrooge. He was a good and decent man, generous to his family, upright in his dealings with others. But as a modern thinker seeking complex answers to life's situations, he just could not accept the simple story of Christmas, the 'God born a man in a manger' story. To him, the incarnation stuff the church espoused was beyond belief. It just didn't make sense, and he was too honest to pretend that he believed what he didn't...")
  • He Came to Live in Our Midst

    by John Jewell
    The issue of who is moving into the neighborhood stirs up a lot of interest – doesn’t it? A construction firm begins work on a new dwelling in your neighborhood. What happens? One of the first questions you hear (or ask) is, "I wonder _________" [Can you finish the question?] " I wonder who is moving in…. or how much that house cost…." My family recently went through a move. Two minutes after the "For Sale" sign went up on our front lawn, the phone rang. After that call there were two more calls within fifteen minutes. "Who’s going to move in?," was the foremost concern on our neighbor’s minds. (As though we were psychic) A couple came to look at the house and when they left, one of our immediate neighbors called and said, "You’d better not sell your house to them!" There was a general sense of anxiety in the neighborhood until the house finally sold to a retired couple. You could sense it in the air, "Whew! I’m glad that’s over." The new couple was received. Some people are not so fortunate when they move into a new neighborhood...
  • Luminarias

    by Scott Black Johnston
  • Mary Christmas

    by David Leininger
    ("Henry Rogers wrote The Eclipse of Faith. In it he imagines that some powerful hand has wiped the influence of Christ out of our civilization, as a hand would clean a blackboard in a schoolroom. Rogers represents himself as going into his library to find no trace left of the life or words of Jesus...")
  • The Living Bible

    by Margaret Manning
  • Magic and Miracle

    by Edward Markquart
  • All That Glitters

    by Linda McFadden
  • Christmas 1A (2010)

    by Mary Morrison
    ("I once watched a television program on the theoretical physicist, Richard Feynman. The TV program talked about Feynman's friendship with an artist, and how the artist had taught Feynman about art and Feynman had taught the artist about physics....")
  • Christmas 1B (2008)

    by Robert Morrison
    ("Silences and verbalization go hand in hand, therefore, and someone who is sensitive knows the value of both. 'No one,' wrote the Associated Press Drama Writer on Christmas Day, 'No one made the sound of silence more ominously theatrical than Harold Pinter...")
  • The Power of the Word

    by Robert Morrison
    (includes link to Barrington Bunny by Martin Bell)
  • An Advent for Each of Us

    by Carol Mumford
  • A Christmas Tsunami Lament

    by Nathan Nettleton
  • Christmas Day (A)(1996)

    by Elizabeth Welch Parker
    Several years ago in New York City on Christmas Eve, St. George's Episcopal Church was getting ready for its annual evening service, which always included carols, instrumentalists, dancing and a living representation of the Nativity. This year, as people started to arrive, they were greeted by the sight of some street people on the front steps. A man and woman with a shopping cart and a bundle of rags. Several people stopped to offer help and some invited them in out of the cold. They politely declined all offers. Finally, one of the vestry members approached the Rector and said, "We've got a problem." He wanted to called the police and have them remove the street people. Eventually a patrol car came by and the people were asked to move across the street where they wouldn't disturb the worshipers. It was a beautiful service that night, and the nave was full, standing room only. Finally, the climactic moment arrived: Dancers dressed in white appeared at the back of the nave to lead the holy family down the center aisle. As the holy family entered you could hear gasps of recognition. The holy family was the homeless couple from the front steps. The baby Jesus was the bundle of rags they had held in their arms. As the angels led the holy family toward the altar they wept, as did most of the congregation...
  • The Word Become Flesh

    by John Pavelko
    Every now and again someone steps forward to offer their life as a symbol of this incarnation, such was the life of Henri Nouwen. Many of you may know him as a write and lecturer. He was trained psychologist and thologian who taught at Notre Dame, Yale and Harvard. He had a resume that many would die for-which was the problem. The demands of his schedule were suffocating him. He tried to escape the pressure by going as a missionary to South America for six months but when he returned the speaking requests only increased. Finally he took up residence at a L'Arche community in Toronto called Daybreak. The community is dedicated to caring for the severely disabled. They have a home in Tacoma and I recently learned that they are now caring for little Sarah Eckblad. Living as the chaplain in residence at Daybreak was quite a change for Henri Nouwen. He lived in a small room with a single bed and only one bookshelf. A few pieces of Shaker-style furniture and one print of a Van Gogh painting adorned the room. He did not have a fax or a computer. His Daytimer's was removed from his simple desk. Each morning he would rise and care for Adam. It would take him nearly two hours to get him ready each morning. He had to bath and shave him. This would be followed by brushing his teeth and coming his hair. Next he would guide his hand to allow Adam to eat his breakfast. When a fellow author suggested that this might not be the best use of a busy priest's time, Nouwen replied, "I am not giving up anything. It is I, not Adam, who gets the main benefit from the friendship."...
  • *Witnesses

    by Michael Phillips
    ("many of the ways in which we speak of Christ’s birth, life, and death are murals, or collages of portraits and stories. A metaphor here, an image there, a phrase that captures a single facet of a complex mystery – these are what have been left to us by the witnesses of Scripture...")
  • The Resonating Word

    by Stephen Portner
  • The Embodied Word

    by Bruce Prewer
  • Not a Sermon

    by Bruce Prewer
  • The Power to Become

    by Bruce Prewer
  • God, In Person

    by Beth Quick
  • Child Power!

    by Martin Singley
  • Time Redeemed

    by Chandler Stokes
  • The Gift of Gifts

    by Billy D. Strayhorn
  • In a Plain Brown Wrapper

    by Billy D. Strayhorn
  • Lost? Finding Meaning

    by Billy Strayhorn
  • We Are Also Witnesses

    by Alex Thomas
  • Power to Light the Way

    by Keith Wagner
  • Small and Great

    by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson
    ("In the British writer-physician A.J. Cronin’s autobiography, he describes being a doctor in the North of England when there was an outbreak of diphtheria. A little boy was brought in hardly able to breathe. As the Irish would say, “he had the dip,” and in those days that often meant the patient would die..." and another illustration)
  • Christmas Day

    by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson
  • The Incarnation

    by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson
  • Jesus Tented with Us

    by Tim Zingale

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