June 18, 2017

Reading Matthew 1:18-24 (NRSV) "Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way." Merry Christmas! Isn't Christmas when we usually think about the birth of Jesus? But today's reading tells us about Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, a fitting story for Father's Day. Joseph is depicted as honorable and caring; perhaps … Continue reading June 18, 2017

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December 18, 2016 (Upstream)

This devotion was for the Upstream service, which had a different scripture and sermon than the traditional service. Reading Luke 2:1-7 (NRSV) In today's reading, the familiar Christmas story does not start “once upon a time,” but in a specific time. In that time, the heads of state were concerned about keeping track of people; … Continue reading December 18, 2016 (Upstream)