Parsonage Parables

Signs of the Season – Candles

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Advent is a time of preparation. It is the four weeks leading up to Christmas and the anticipation of the coming of Jesus into the world. Candles are used to symbolize this journey. The first candle is the Prophecy or Hope candle. Typically a purple candle, it is in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, […]

Parsonage Parables

Signs of the Season – Bells

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It seems that bells aren’t used as much anymore. I remember the long rope to the bell tower and the deep “tong” would toll, announcing the church service was beginning. Not sure if its real purpose was a shaming technique – hey sleepy heads, you missed church again. Town squares used to have chimes that […]

Parsonage Parables

Prepare Him Room

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Soon it will be Christmas. Time for lots of things, including memories and traditions. Most families have recollections of their holidays – some great, some not so great. Remember the Reader’s Digest Christmas trees? You would meticulously fold all the pages, spray paint it gold, and afterwards — it looked like a really horrible gold […]

July to December 2015

Peace and Joy

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It was time to register, so travel they did Even the family with a pregnant woman Looking for a place to give birth to a first-born son One who would bring Peace and Joy Even the shepherds were afraid But the angels said good news Could be found in a manger bed All within a […]

Jan Feb March 2015

Opportunity to be Christ

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For those of us who don’t think God has a sense of humor or that God doesn’t teach us, we aren’t paying attention. A couple years ago I was driving on Highway 18 on the Rosebud Reservation. I came over a ridge and saw something along the side of the road; it looked like a […]