Tag: joy

The Joy of These Days

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,     because the Lord has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,     to proclaim freedom for the captives     and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor     and the day of vengeance of our God,…

incense smoke

Smoke

I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is…

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…

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…

Laughter

Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But…