2019 Advent Devotional: Wed, 12/18

Scripture: Luke 1:46-55 Luke 1:46-55 is also known as Mary’s Song. In the Christmas story, Mary’s Song comes shortly after Mary had learned that she would be giving birth to Jesus, and that her cousin Elizabeth would be giving birth to John the Baptist. After leaving the angel Gabriel, Mary visits her cousin to share […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Tues, 12/17

Scripture: Luke 1:46-55 I interpret Luke 1:46-55 the following way: my actions on earth should reflect on and expand the goodness of God. God receives an equal amount of happiness from all his children – no matter how unimportant we might feel – and as such we are all equally blessed. Knowing him and loving […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Mon, 12/16

Scripture: Luke 1:46-55 Luke 1:46-55, known as the Magnificat, the Song of Mary or the Canticle of Mary, is a hymn or poem voiced by Mary, the mother of Jesus. The name Magnificat comes from the text’s first line in Latin: Magnificat anima mea Dominum or “My soul magnifies the Lord.” Placed in context, this […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Sun, 12/15

Scripture: Luke 1:46-55 In one of her books on Biblical women, Episcopal priest Alice Conner notes that Mary’s Magnificat in this chapter of Luke is a “first-century version of the modern-day anthem ‘We Shall Overcome.’” God is inviting Mary to listen to the Divine Whispering and to live into her prophetic call. In boldly proclaiming […]

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2019 Advent Devotional:
Introduction to Week 3

Welcome to the third week of the 2019 Advent Devotional! The scripture around which our devotional writers centered their reflections this week is The Magnificat, Luke 1:46-55: 46 And Mary[a] said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Sat, 12/14

Scripture: Isaiah 10:1-4 When I first read this passage, of course I thought about them: the politicians! Elected officials leading our country into destruction by way of “iniquitous decrees” and “oppressive statutes!” The other party. The bad guys. In the same moment, I pictured a row of well-groomed and intelligent people standing behind podiums, flashes […]

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Support the Attention Homes Apartments

Now that the first residents are moving into the Attention Homes (AH) Apartments, on-going efforts to support them are underway. Our neighbors at St. John’s Episcopal Church, across Pine Street from FUMC, are opening their Whittier Pantry to AH Apartments residents to help them with toiletries and other household needs.   The items most needed […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Fri, 12/13

Scripture: Isaiah 10:1-4 Sometimes it seems like there is no end to pain and cruelty in our world. So many people slip through the cracks. So many lives are disrupted by violence, natural disasters, illness, or other calamities. So many powerful people do not use their power to help the disadvantaged and heal the world. […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Thurs, 12/12

Scripture: Isaiah 10:1-4 It is hard for most of us to imagine the despairing conditions described in this passage from Isaiah. Even so, injustice continues today. Even in our own country, the richest country in the world where the rule of law establishes the foundation of our democracy, there are many who are powerless victims […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Wed, 12/11

Isaiah 10:1-4 Isaiah 10 talks about laws or decisions that are not good for the general public and wonders what the long-term consequences would be from those laws or decisions. This thought process implies that the person or body taking these actions cares about, or is even aware that, the consequences of their actions will […]

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