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From Advent to Christmas: What can we learn from Mary?

12.23. 2019 Posted By: Ben Tapper

Editor’s note: Throughout Advent, bloggers for The Mennonite will write reflections on the upcoming Sunday’s Lectionary text. These reflections are archived at themennonite.org/advent. Sign up for our TMail newsletter and follow us on Facebook to receive the reflections. Christmas Day reading: Luke 2:1-20 My mother’s favorite holiday song is the classic tune “Mary, Did You Know?” It’s a beautiful […]

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Advent: In the darkness with eyes wide open

12.16. 2019 Posted By: Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg

Editor’s note: Throughout Advent, bloggers for The Mennonite will write reflections on the upcoming Sunday’s Lectionary text. These reflections are archived at themennonite.org/advent. Sign up for our TMail newsletter and follow us on Facebook to receive the reflections. Sun., Dec. 22 Lectionary readings: Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 I’ve always struggled with how to teach […]

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Advent: Healing has come, God is here

12.9. 2019 Posted By: Regina Shands Stoltzfus

Editor’s note: Throughout Advent, bloggers for The Mennonite will write reflections on the upcoming Sunday’s Lectionary text. These reflections are archived at themennonite.org/advent. Sign up for our TMail newsletter and follow us on Facebook to receive the reflections. Sun., Dec. 15 Lectionary readings: Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 For many people I know, the past year […]

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Advent: The One Who is Coming will subvert the natural order

12.2. 2019 Posted By: Joanne Gallardo

Editor’s note: Throughout Advent, bloggers for The Mennonite will write reflections on the upcoming Sunday’s Lectionary text. These reflections are archived at themennonite.org/advent. Sign up for our TMail newsletter and follow us on Facebook to receive the reflections. Sun., Dec. 8 Lectionary readings: Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 “A shoot shall come up from the […]

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Advent: Come, let us meet the One

11.25. 2019 Posted By: David and Leann Augsburger

Editor’s note: Throughout Advent, bloggers for The Mennonite will write reflections on the upcoming Sunday’s Lectionary text. These reflections are archived at themennonite.org/advent. Sign up for our TMail newsletter and follow us on Facebook to receive the reflections. Sun., Dec. 1 Lectionary readings: Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 How does the story end? As you read […]

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Advent: Mary’s Magnificat, beautiful and infuriating

12.17. 2018 Posted By: Ben Wideman

This coming weekend, during the fourth Sunday of Advent, churches across the globe will read Mary’s Magnificat from the first chapter of Luke. It is a beautiful and stirring group of words in which Mary sings out her praise to God for the many blessings shown to her. To me, it feels very satisfying to […]

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Advent: An Advent of privilege

12.10. 2018 Posted By: Kevin Ressler

For Advent, I’ve been reflecting particularly on what it means to tell the Christmas story to my 4-year-old daughter. Particularly, as one for a preference for the Gospel of Matthew, how do I talk about the Massacre of the Innocents? This is the title given to the story of Herod ordering the killing of all […]

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