Today in the Spirit: Advent 4A

Posted on December 12, 2022

We all know that sense of heightened desire that accompanies the arrival of a big day, like a wedding day or the first day of a new job. A moment of transition is at hand, and like a child waiting for, well, Christmas, we feel more intensely the combined force of not yet possessing the…

Today in the Spirit: Advent 3A

Posted on December 5, 2022

In all three years of our Sunday lectionary, Advent 3 is also the Baptist, part 2. After reacquainting us with the character and preaching of John the Baptist in Advent 2, the church assigns a Collect and readings to take us deeper into consideration of the power of biblical prophecy in general and John’s role…

Today in the Spirit: Advent 2A

Posted on November 27, 2022

In the second and third Sundays of Advent, our attention is drawn in the assigned Gospel readings to the ministry of John the Baptist, and so begins the church’s shift from contemplating Jesus’ second coming in glory, like a good film that supplies the end before the beginning, back to the first coming. But before…

Today in the Spirit: Advent 1A

Posted on November 21, 2022

First Advent Sunday is like New Year’s Day in the life of the church. This day and week finds the church inviting us suddenly, after the long Pentecost season, to take stock of our lives as we live them at one point in time in view of the comings of Jesus Christ over time. Having…

Nine Lessons and Carols: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on December 21, 2019

The Anglican tradition has inherited many ancient pieces of liturgy, so it may be a bit surprising to learn that the Festival/Service of Nine Lessons and Carols (traditionally held on or near Christmas Eve) is a fairly recent invention, celebrating its one-hundredth birthday only last year in 2018. It was constructed out of the grief…