Tag: christmas

baptism

Re-Beginning

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well…

Carols and Stories

This year, on the Sunday after Christmas, we shared the stories behind our favorite Christmas carol and sang them together. Each carol was introduced by a different member of the church. We offer this order of service in case anyone else might find it a useful resource, and we hope that your Christmas season was/is blessed and holy and filled with…

Christmas Eve Sermonette

Emmanuel means “God with us.” This is one of the titles that God chooses to be known by – God with us. But how does God get here? How does God – the one who lit the stars in the sky, the power that brought forth the trees and the salamanders and the elephants and you and me – how…

Rejoicing

This Sunday, our service was led by the children of the meeting. They provided a Christmas skit, multiple pieces of music, and offered Scripture readings and prayers. Our pastor offered this sermonette, worked out ahead of time with the organist, Phillip. Today’s theme, on this Sunday before Christmas, is Rejoice! Today we’re rejoicing in music, in silence, in prayers, in…

Welcome Christ With Us!

At Wilmington Friends Meeting, we rejoice each Sunday in the immediate presence of Christ. We recognize his loving presence in our music, in our prayers, and especially in our set-aside time of silent waiting on the Holy Spirit to move among us. So, it’s with particular excitement that we anticipate Christmas: the season in which we celebrate the God who…

Lay It Down

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus…” -from Philippians 2 Imagine, if you will, an alternate universe. Imagine another planet, populated with people just as smart as you and me, but with a different history of inventions. Everything there is the same as here, with only one major difference: they did not invent an…

Solo Christo

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. -from John 15 Christmas is coming, and you need neither a calendar nor a fattening goose to see it. You can tell, for instance, by tracking the growing epidemic…