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This past December, our Christian Education committee lead the way towards congregational inclusion in creating a collection of Advent Reflections. Members of the congregation were invited to read the Bible scriptures for the day, to spend time with them, and to write a short reflection. I looked forward to reading each day’s reflection, so much so that, sometimes, I would peek ahead to the next day. I even played a little game: I would cover up the name of the author, read the passage, and guess who wrote it. I am proud to say I even figured a few of them out without looking!

I enjoyed reading each reflection so much because I felt like I was hearing each person’s voice. In fact, I could imagine hearing those individuals reading their reflections. It was like having all of my church friends sitting with me sharing their personal thoughts and feelings.

Each day, I underlined phrases that jumped out and grabbed my attention. I decided to write them all out, and in doing so, I noticed some phrases that seemed to naturally go together. What I am offering is a final Advent reflection—one that snips out a “remnant” of each one (thanks, Rosemary!) and sews them together to form a new reflection quilt.

Thank you for sharing your incredibly articulate thoughts with me, all of you B-Flat Christians.

  • Are we ready? Are you ready…not for Christmas, but for Jesus’s return?  He is coming soon…”Come Lord Jesus!”

  • Even today, God often speaks through the gentle and obvious rather than the spectacular.

  • So silent, so humble was the advent of the Messiah! Long awaited and expected; yet totally overlooked in the crowded city of Bethlehem.

  • God with us, Emmanuel, born into this world through God’s own hand and the humility of one of His faithful servants.

  • Through the joy of the Christmas season, it is easy to forget that Jesus was sent to address the shortcomings of humankind—our sinfulness. Jesus delivers the ultimate redemption.

  • From Sunday morning sermons and regular Bible studies to congregation-generated Advent messages and outreaching mission work, the message is a loving pressure to rise up and “live lives worthy of God.”

  • Stitched, knit, or woven together by the body and blood of Christ is the firm foundation of the Church and its community of believers.

  • “Whatever will come our way, Through fire or pouring rain,  No we won’t be shaken.”

  • In our families, in our church, in our community and in our nation help us to beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks by acknowledging Your sacrifice and by recognizing and commemorating the baby in the manger.

  • “There is hope for the helpless,

  • Rest for the weary,  Love for the broken heart,

And there is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing,

HE will meet you wherever you are.

Cry out to Jesus!”

  • Religion in form and practice is man-made, Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ!

  • It has been said that we, as Christians, may be the only bible some people will ever read.

  • Take your love of Christ and pour it out for others to see.

  • Have we ever turned on what we know as true and right in order to keep the crowd from turning on us? Have we ever played innocent for our own gain?

  • For Micah, this best life is sitting in your own space, outside, under your own tree or vine unafraid of threats from your enemies.

  • Take a moment to consider what God is doing in your lives and see what parts of your life he would like to restore this season, and then take a further moment and dare to dream!

  • He is moving in such a way as to reveal himself whether it is at the height of our ability to follow and worship, or entering into rebellion against Him.

  • Lord, in the midst of this world’s chaos be with us!

  • Lord, teach me your ways that I may walk in your path.  Wake me from sleep.

  • Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

  • Help us learn to retain our own imprint of your glory, and to share the best of ourselves with a world that so desperately needs hope.

  • Heavenly Father, cleanse us of our ugliness, rid us of our inhumanity, bring us humbly into the Kingdom which you have prepared and over which your Son reigns now and forever.

  • And so grant that in searching the Scriptures we may find life for ourselves and for others.

  • “I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be.”

  • “I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long.”

  • “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; Wait for the LORD!”

  • I cannot help but think in this Advent season that God patiently waits for what every parent longs for, that moment when the child turns back, looking and catching sight of the one they know, the one they love, the one they belong with.

  • “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners…to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those to grieve…”

  • Please keep everybody warm if needed, and let the food nourish our minds and souls.  Amen.

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