January 6, the Day of the Kings

It’s the twelfth day of Christmas! Today we commemorate the wisemen who visited Jesus. “The Day of the Kings” or “Epiphany” are both historical names for today. Psalm 72:1-14 (links to scriptures here) Isaiah 60:1-6 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12 Notes Psalm 72:1-14 looks forward to Jesus reigning on earth as the heir of David’s throne. … Continue reading January 6, the Day of the Kings

New Year’s Week, Day 4

As the new year begins, let’s take a moment to look back at our Advent characters and the spiritual disciplines and attitudes they modelled. Abraham shows us obedience—faith in action. Isaiah recorded God’s message, preserving his experiences with God so that others could read them. John the Baptist models discernment: he was aware of God … Continue reading New Year’s Week, Day 4

December 28 Remembering the Infants of Bethlehem

Like St. Stephen’s Day, this is a startling somber remembrance in the midst of the festive twelve days of Christmas. Psalm 124 Jeremiah 31:15-17 Revelation 21:1-7 Matthew 2:13-18 Psalm 124 is an interesting psalm to read on a day when we remember Jesus and his family fleeing to Egypt to escape King Herod’s wrath. I … Continue reading December 28 Remembering the Infants of Bethlehem

December 27 Remembering the Apostle John

Psalm 92 (links to scriptures here) Exodus 33:18-23 I John 1:1-9 John 21:19-24 Notes Psalm 92:  As the year draws to a close, we are all conscious that we are getting older. The end of Psalm 92 reminds us that God calls us to flourish spiritually in all seasons of our lives. Exodus 33:  God … Continue reading December 27 Remembering the Apostle John

December 26 St. Stephen’s Day

I remember learning the carol “Good King Wenceslas” when I was a kid, and finding out that St. Stephen’s Day, mentioned in the song, is December 26. It wasn’t until recently that I realized what this means: after Christmas—the very next day!—the church has traditionally remembered the first Christian martyr. What a somber thing to … Continue reading December 26 St. Stephen’s Day