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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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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2019 Advent Devotional: Tues, 12/10

Scripture: Isaiah 10:1-4 Over 60 years ago one of our church’s adult education classes came up with the idea of Attention NOT Detention when they were having a session with the chief probation officer and Judge Robert Holmes. A most unusual thing happened: the idea did not just drop but blossomed into action. Foster homes […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Mon, 12/9

Scripture: Isaiah 10:1-4 Isaiah 10:1-4 speaks against the proud oppressor who creates wicked and unjust decrees. Isaiah asks the corrupt, with power and wealth who are passing these laws, how they can turn aside the needs of so many. These needs of the poor, the widows, the orphans, not unlike those of color and culture […]

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Chancel Choir & Friends present Ramírez’s Navidad Nuestra

Celebrate the Season with special music at First United Methodist Church of Boulder! Join us for Navidad Nuestra by Ariel Ramírez, performed by the Chancel Choir and Friends with instrumental ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Gerald Holbrook, Director of Music.   Argentine composer, pianist, and conductor Ariel Ramírez (1921-2010) was a leader in promoting […]

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