Category Archives: Holy Days

Advent Worship: Week 1

I am not planning worship for any church(es) this Advent season, but if I were, here is what I would suggest. All Scriptures are the appointed readings for Advent from the Revised Common Lectionary. This list does not include all … Continue reading

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It’s a good thing, I think.

This post is not about Martha Stewart, who is fond of saying “It’s a good thing.” It’s about the non-stop “Christmas” music on the radio right now (I will explain below why “Christmas” is in scare quotes). And the red … Continue reading

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Liturgical Calendar: About those colors …

This is a sort of follow-up to my recent post that included a Liturgical Calendar for 2015-16. Some of you are not familiar with the use of color in liturgical worship, and others have grown up with these colors but … Continue reading

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Liturgical Calendar 2015-2016

This is a little “labor of love” I have been working on. Every year, my denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), posts a liturgical calendar on its website, but I have never been happy with it for a couple of reasons: … Continue reading

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The Last Supper did not end until Good Friday

The following is an excerpt from my book Everyday Miracles: The Sacraments as Ordinary Means of Grace. The Synoptic Narratives of the “Last Supper.” The word “synoptic” means “seeing together.” We give this name to the first three Gospels–Matthew, Mark, … Continue reading

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Words Mean Things: Christmas Edition

I know it’s not Christmas yet, and I know there are a few souls left who try not to sing the “Christ is born!” type songs until Christmas Eve (and continue singing them throughout the Twelve Days of Christmas), so … Continue reading

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We have a winner!

The winner of a copy of Rekindling Advent is: The Cap’n! Congratulations, Cap’n. I’ll be emailing you shortly with details. Remember, you can get copies of Rekindling Advent at the book’s website, at Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and from … Continue reading

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