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Nov. 30, 2020

Advent: Steward the Story

An Advent story and practices for the whole family
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Nov. 13, 2020

What I’m Reading: O Zoom, All Ye Faithful

A fun way to have an online Christmas pageant
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Nov. 06, 2020

When You Don’t Go “Home for the Holidays” (Learning from the Lab)

The holidays will be different this year
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Dec. 20, 2016

Stewarding the Christmas Story

What does stewardship have to do with Advent and Christmas? Tithing 10% of what’s under the tree? Today’s writer, Scott Jacob, suggests how we might be stewards of more than goods and possessions. As we hear the familiar texts again this season, Scott calls us to give a different type of present. We’ll be taking next week off, but look
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Dec. 17, 2013

Finding Advent Rhythms

A blog post by Ben McDonald Coltvet Image Credit: Advent Terminus – Happy Holiday 5 by Stuart Dootson on Flickr Free time: It’s one thing that easily gets “lost in the holidays” in my household. Time to play, time to be a family, time to be alone, time to sleep. With all the schedules and commitments that overlap at the
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Dec. 05, 2013

Why Worship during Advent

A blog post by Timothy Siburg Image Credit: Advent Wreath by Chris Wolff on Flickr The Centrality of Worship Worship is central to the church’s practice and understanding of who it is. We worship to praise and give thanks to God. In worship we join together as the body of Christ in song and the Word. We remember God’s promises
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Dec. 03, 2013

Lost in the Holidays

A blog post by Terri Elton Image Credit: Christmas 2007 by Christina Rutz on Flickr Some say, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” while others dread the season. Christmas, the heart of this season, is centered on Christ, and yet amidst the holidays Christ often gets pushed aside. Truth be told, it’s a hard time of the year
Jul. 08, 2013

Keeping Christmas

Courtney Young is a graduate of Luther Seminary – M.Div. with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership.  Missional, a Millennial, and a new mother, Courtney shares her thoughts with us here:   Now that Christmas is over, way over, can we please talk about Christmas?  I hold this idea that if something actually matters, you will talk about it
Dec. 10, 2012

Waiting

By Dr. Terri Martinson Elton, Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary  I have a confession to make – I’m not much for waiting. Most of my days are filled with things to do and people to see, moving from one thing to another. Truth be told, I even try to choose the quickest line at