Jesus Brings Joy

By Rev. Sue Bennetch A Facebook friend of mine has four children, the youngest is six.  Throughout the year I follow the comings and goings of a family of six. Humor and love are the main ingredients. Their night before Christmas was no different! Her older three have learned that on Christmas morning, they can […]

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The Place to Be

The other day I was listening to Christmas music and the song “No Place Like Home for the Holidays” came on. As a child, I always perked up when I heard it because of the second verse, where he talks about people going home to Pennsylvania from Tennessee and vice versa, because I was born […]

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From the Rising

Of all the Christmas songs, either secular or sacred, that we tend to hear played during this season, I’ve always thought that John Lennon’s seems the least joyful. It’s called “So This is Christmas,” and the very title sounds like something you would say with a sigh as your shoulders slumped in resignation or even […]

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The Aftermath of Christmas

“I’m with you through Christmas,” he said, leaning back in his chair.  A friend of mine and I were sitting in the University pub while I was in college, and had gotten into a discussion about Christian faith. He was the son of an Episcopal priest, but from adolescence on had put considerable effort into […]

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Jesus’ First Words

One of my favorite Christmas cards depicts the classic stable scene in its center.  Mary is holding the baby Jesus and gazing adoringly into his eyes with a broad smile on her face.  Joseph stands behind her, peering over her shoulder, and shepherds and animals are gathered all around.  Off to the side, though, are […]

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What Do You Hear

Many of you know that I lived in Australia for a year when my wife Tammy won a fellowship to study issues of inequality in access to education there. We spent the first six months of that year living in Sydney, which included the Christmas holidays. Australian culture had a lot in common with our […]

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