Where’s Jesus?  Not in the manger for long.

Where’s Jesus? Not in the manger for long.

Even as adults, nativity scenes – crèches -help us pause each season to make the familiar scene our own, to envision the appearance of a baby who is the Son of God. In Washington DC, we lived near a Franciscan monastery that every Christmas set out an enormous...
Birth Announcements for Jesus

Birth Announcements for Jesus

    Our intergenerational Sunday school class yesterday, spent some time reading versions of “reveal” of Jesus in Matthew http://bible.oremus.org/and in Luke http://bible.oremus.org/. One, course, focuses on Joseph receiving the embryonic news of a divine person to be...
Hymn Stories: Silent Night

Hymn Stories: Silent Night

On the afternoon of Christmas Eve in 1818, in a tiny village high in the Austrian Alps, Joseph Mohr, the local Catholic priest, wrote some appropriate stanzas for the season.  The church pipe organ had given out and could not be repaired in time for that evening, so...
Good News: God Seeks Us Out

Good News: God Seeks Us Out

Sam Todd has been lost for thirty years. Sam was a classmate of mine at Yale Divinity School. He and his brother were visiting friends in New York City for New Years Eve 1984. As the festivities were winding up, Sam said he was going outside to clear his head in the...
Highlights From Musikgarten: Session #1

Highlights From Musikgarten: Session #1

This year in September, Faith Presbyterian launched Musikgarten, a music program for toddlers that helps them develop a deep connection to music while being able to express it in a way that is natural to them. We wrapped up the first session of “God’s Children Sing”...