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December

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Be our Christmas and Start the World Again

By Morgan Reed

I find so much comfort in this prayer from Walter Bruggemann’s Prayers for a Privileged People (p. 116): In this hour of free-fall, be your good self again, meet us not according to our flaw but according to your generous self-giving: Be our Christmas, and start the world again. . . Be our Christmas and start the… Read More »

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December

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Christmastide Events

By Morgan Reed

Christmastide marks the 12 days of Christmas beginning at Sundown Christmas Eve and lasts through Epiphany Eve (January 5th). We will have several things happening and we would love for you to join us so we include the list below as a summary: Christmas Eve: December 24, join us for worship in the chapel at Rivendell… Read More »

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December

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Two Encouragements for Lessons and Carols

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, In 1880 Edward Benson, then Bishop of Truro, Cornwall (the southwestern tip of the United Kingdom) led a service on Christmas Eve that had 9 readings spanning the Old and New Testament, telling the story of Jesus, Son of God come to die on our behalf. Since that evening the service has… Read More »

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December

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Advent Music – Andy Zipf

By Andy Zipf

As I drove in to church Sunday morning to meet the music team for rehearsal I was listening to part of an interview with a Jesuit priest on NPR. Something he said caught my ear over the ambient noise of the road … he was making the point that our culture has softened the Christmas story… Read More »