Mary - Orlando Garcia-Camacho
When I behold this beautiful painting of the young mother-to-be, a girl who has just accepted a task far more difficult than anything that has ever been asked of me, I wonder how I should respond to Mary’s story. Mary must have had some issues with what was happening to her. Perhaps she thought, What could God be thinking? Why me? What will my parents say? What about Joseph? Who will believe me? I’m not ready to be a mother. But in the scriptures Mary responds with that simple phrase: “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just ... read more
“An angel of the Lord appeared to [the shepherds], and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” — Luke 2:9-10 (NIV) Advent is a time of anticipation for every Christian, but in our family there’s nothing I anticipate with more excitement than our own private worship that we celebrate after Christmas. Yes, after Christmas, because so many members of my large family are pastors, and December 24 is always a workday. ... read more
Advent Worship Litanies
During Advent we are invited to open ourselves to God’s seeking, active Spirit. Like Mary, we can ponder what God says to us in scripture. The busyness of the world is stilled; we pay attention, trust in God’s promises, and wait together in joyful anticipation. Enrich your Advent worship with an Advent wreath — four purple candles (or three purple and one pink candle) placed around a wreath with a white Christ candle in the center of the circle. First Sunday of Advent Light one purple candle. Say: The first candle symbolizes the hope of the people of Israel for ... read more
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