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The Stations of the Cross and the Beatitudes, Week 1

A Guide to Spiritual Practice for Lent

This guide focuses on the Beatitudes of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and on the fourteen Stations of the Cross, which symbolize the events remembered on Good Friday.

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The Geology of Love

It was carved with hand tools on a rough slab of native red rock: “Marcelito L. Baca – murio a la edad de 17 dias (died at the age of 17 days) – 1919”. It was planted …

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Stony Trail

On a stony trail through the Sinai wastes
A little family headed south
Father, mother, little babe
A burdened donkey, head drooped down

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Epiphany. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

Words after Christmas

Christmas trees and tinsel
Yule logs and holly
Turkey and Christmas pudding

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: Christmas and Epiphany. Resource Types: Meditations, Poetry, and Readings.

Born to Die?: Why the Cross Doesn’t Belong at Christmas

December 12, 2012 Yesterday, I passed a church sign that proclaimed Christmas was the story of a baby born to die. It seemed a macabre, odd way to wish passersby a merry Christmas. Apparently, though, quite a few …

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Say Yes!

By Andrea Gibson

this is for you

this is also for the people who wake early to watch flowers bloom
who notice the moon at noon on a day when the world
has slapped them in the face with its lack of light
for the mothers who feed their children first
and thirst for nothing when they’re full

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Noah and the Whale, “Give a Little Love”

A few minutes of perfection. Maybe instead of racing around last minute to find gifts, we can give more than a little love…especially to those who don’t expect it or require it of you. “Love your neighbor …

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The Consciousness of Christmas

This past Saturday night, my wife Roberta and I stood with a group of people on Hollywood Boulevard, holding flickering candles. Passers-by might have assumed we were Christmas caroling. But we were holding a vigil for the …

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Mary’s Rebirth

(From a sermon I gave at Mt Hollywood Congregational Church on 12/2, the first Sunday of Advent.) On one seemingly ordinary day over 2000 years ago, a seemingly ordinary girl had an extraordinary rebirth. Mary abruptly experienced …

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 2: Pluralism and Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: Advent. Ages: Adult, Teen, and Young Adult. Texts: Luke. Resource Types: Adult Curriculum, Meditations, and Sermons.

Ecstasy of Christmas

May we be enraptured
By overshadowing Love;
May our souls magnify the Lord
Through our widening eyes,

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Christmas. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

Be Born In Me, Music Video, by Francesca Battistelli

THIS VIDEO BELONGS TO MAX LUCADO, RANDY FRANZEE, AND FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI To purchase or download this video: http://www.olivebranchcreative.com/the-story-downloads Lyrics: Everything inside me cries for order Everything inside me wants to hide Is this shadow an angel or …

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Teacher, Guide, Companion: rediscovering Jesus in a secular world

“Drawing from the personal experiences of a seasoned pastor, a team of modern liberal scholars, and the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, Teacher, Guide, Companion challenges readers to reexamine their own relationship with …

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Simply Pray

Drawing from the wisdom of the world’s religions, Simply Pray offers readers an easy-to-use modern prayer practice free from any particular theological orientation. Wikstrom identifies and defines the four major types of prayer that are practiced by …

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Christmas Haiku

Advent comes again
time for watching and waiting
fill your days with hope

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Advent and Christmas. Ages: All Ages. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

Modern Magnificat

My soul sings in gratitude.

I’m dancing in the mystery of God.

The light of the Holy One is within me

and I am blessed, so truly blessed.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Advent and Christmas. Texts: Luke. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.
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