Forgiven by God | Advent December 21

December 21, 2018 Emma Friesen ’22 PSALMS 130; ISAIAH 29:9-24; LUKE 1:26-38 In advent, the church assumes a posture of waiting, which appears throughout this psalm. The psalmist repeated the line “more than watchmen wait for the morning” (Psalm 130:6 NIV), and he stated, “my whole being waits” (130:5). In that time of waiting, I Read more about Forgiven by God | Advent December 21[…]

Restoration | Advent December 20, 2018

December 20, 2018 Emma Friesen ’22 PSALM 126; ISAIAH 28; REVELATIONS 20; LUKE 1:5-25 The text of Psalm 126 starts rejoicing and then has a parallel section of waiting for restoration. This reminds me of how Christians in the liturgical calendar make their way through the purple seasons of waiting (Advent and Lent) to the Read more about Restoration | Advent December 20, 2018[…]

#RelatableContent | Advent December 19, 2018

December 19, 2018 Katie Becker ’17 Psalm 53: 3-4 “Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on God.” By any measure, this is an odd Psalm choice Read more about #RelatableContent | Advent December 19, 2018[…]

Sights and Sounds of Advent | December 18, 2018

December 18, 2018 Libby Boehne, Campus Minister Isaiah 11:1-9 It’s easy to breeze through the well-known passages in Isaiah, hardly registering what they say because we know them so well and hear them each year. But on this reading, I was struck by the emphasis on the five senses. Isaiah reminds us of the power Read more about Sights and Sounds of Advent | December 18, 2018[…]

Striving for the wrong things | Advent December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018 Caroline Armstrong ’20 PSALMS 16, 130; ISAIAH 7:10-25; 2 THESSALONIANS 2:13-3:5; LUKE 22:14-30 In Luke 22, Jesus breaks up a petty conversation among the disciples about who is the best. He tells them to put aside competition and aim to serve others rather than be better than them. His suggestion that a Read more about Striving for the wrong things | Advent December 14, 2018[…]

Waiting | Advent December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018 DANIELLE LODGE ’20 PSALMS 18, 147:12-20; ISAIAH 7:1-9; 2 THESSALONIANS 2:1-12; LUKE 22:1-13 Waiting can usually be thought of as a passive, immobile action but in reality, you are always doing something, preparing for something ahead while waiting for its arrival. This idea of actively waiting has been in place since before Read more about Waiting | Advent December 13, 2018[…]

Praise the Lord! Advent December 11, 2018

December 11, 2018 Mary Aline Fertin ’19 PSALMS 85, 94; ISAIAH 5:18-25; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:12-28; LUKE 21:29-38 In his sermon “Expecting the Lord’s Blessing”, the late Chinese church-planter Watchman Nee aims to depict “God’s Blessing”: “Divine activity that is not based on human activity… A working of God that is not based on our work…. Read more about Praise the Lord! Advent December 11, 2018[…]

Be Joyful in hope | December 10, 2018

December 10, 2018 Sarah Watkins ’21 PSALMS 122, 145; ISAIAH 5:8-17; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:1-11; LUKE 21:20-28 As we reflect on the trials and tribulations of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, we should also consider the social and political upheaval happening around us. I invite you all to reflect on Romans 12:12: “Be joyful in hope, patient Read more about Be Joyful in hope | December 10, 2018[…]