The season of Advent is always about anticipation. We anticipate, long for, await the coming of the Christ-child on Christmas Day. …

It is remarkable how much we have to be grateful for every day: the sun that rises, the air we breathe, warm homes to live in, clean streets in our cities, and the company of friends and neighbors with whom we live, move and have our being.

It is also…

In the month ahead, many of us will gather around tables for meals with loved ones, friends and family. Some of us will travel long distances or receive guests from afar, sitting down together after time spent apart to eat, share stories, and experience each other’s company. …

Sermon

August 13 — Origin Stories — The Next Generation

The preaching text this morning comes from Genesis 37.

“Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. This is the story of the family of Jacob.

Joseph, being seventeen years old, was…

On Christmas morning, we stand at the burning edge of a new dawn. This is a morning of hope. A morning that says “the Light has come, what we’ve waiting for has arrived.”

Every Christmas, we have the opportunity reaffirm this trust and hope. …

Waiting. That’s what this whole season has been about. Waiting is what we focus on in Advent. We believe the light is going to come and so we wait.

We believe that in the birth of Christ, peace has come. And so each year, we prepare and wait and long…

When I set out on this Impossible Light project, I was fascinated by the beautiful image of light overcoming the darkness and the celebration of Christmas situated in the bleakest time of the year. …

Welcome to winter, my friends. Although, it feels like winter has set in long ago and we are already longing for the light of spring to dawn, aren’t we?

As we celebrated the Winter Solstice last evening I am struck by the hauntingly beautiful carol, “In the Bleak Midwinter.”

In…

Tonight, we celebrate the Winter Solstice. It is the darkest night of the year, the shortest day, where the light is the thinnest. We are nearing the end of the journey and we wait in hope for the dawn.

In the deepest, darkest night, we are as close as we will get to the light coming. We can taste it, sense it, know that it’s almost here.

Isn’t this true about many of the darkest moments of our lives? If we look back, aren’t many of those times the…

I have been on a journey over the last couple of months, rekindling a fire in my heart as a writer. What began as a spark in the early Fall has turned into a viable flame through the course of the Advent season with writing daily reflections on the Impossible…

Seth Thomas

Finding rhythm in Bellingham, WA.

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