Welcome to St. Luke’s 2022 Advent Blog

From November 27 thru December 25 parishioners of St. Luke’s will be sharing their reflections on the daily readings.
We invite you to click on any of the reflections below and enjoy.

Finding Joy in Victory and Salvation

Finding Joy in Victory and Salvation

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Promise! December 24, 2022 Isaiah 52: 7-10 | Psalm 98 | Hebrews 1:1-4 | John 1:1-14 It is December 25! We made it! You know the story that we are celebrating on this very day. Maybe you spent time with the passage from Matthew which mentions...

Promise!

Promise!

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Promise!December 24, 2022 Isaiah 35:1-10 | Revelation 22:12-17,21 | Luke 1:67-80So . . .  it is finally Christmas Eve! It is full of promise of Who is to come. We read and remember that God has promised to lead His people, to protect them. ...

Being the Light and Love of Christ

Being the Light and Love of Christ

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Being the Light and Love of ChristDecember 23, 2022 Isaiah 33:17-22 | Revelation 22:6-11 | Luke 1:57-66Last Saturday morning St. Luke’s was bustling with activity. Folks were in the food pantry organizing the offerings there, the choir was...

My Soul Magnifies the Lord

My Soul Magnifies the Lord

Home > Advent Blog 2022 My Soul Magnifies the LordDecember 22, 2022 Isaiah 29:13-24 | Revelation 21:22-22:5 | Luke 1:39-56 Not being a Biblical scholar, I’m on shaky ground when I claim that nowhere else in the Good Book has an angel of the Lord spoken directly to...

Life’s Cornerstones

Life’s Cornerstones

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Life’s CornerstonesDecember 21, 2022 Isaiah 28:9-22 | Revelation 21:9-21 | Luke 1:26-38 Therefore thus says the Lord God, See, I am laying in Zion a foundation stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation: ‘One who trusts...

Serve in moving God’s purpose forward.

Serve in moving God’s purpose forward.

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Serve in moving God’s purpose forward.December 20, 2022 Isaiah 11:10-16 | Revelation 20:11-21:8 | Luke 1:5-25When Zechariah entered the Lord’s sanctuary to burn incense, he was at a hinge of history and did not know it. Everything was going...

Each stump becomes an altar of transformation.

Each stump becomes an altar of transformation.

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Each stump becomes an altar of transformation. December 19, 2022 Isaiah 11:1-9 | Revelation 20:1-10 | John 5:30-47During the bleak days of Covid, my husband coped by realizing a new purpose in life. Our home on a river, was visible only...

Emmanuel – God is with us.

Emmanuel – God is with us.

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Emmanuel – God is with us. December 18, 2022  Isaiah 7:10-16 | Romans 1:1-7 | Matthew 1:18-25That’s really all we need to know. It's so elemental that it strips away everything else. We first hear about “Immanuel” in the Old Testament verses...

So, what do you do to inspire people to follow God?

So, what do you do to inspire people to follow God?

Home > Advent Blog 2022 So, what do you do to inspire people to follow God?December 17, 2022 Isaiah 10:20-27 | Jude 17-25 | Luke 3:1-9 Some may say that they don’t know how to help other people. But I think that everyone can help others find themselves and God.In...

Glass half empty?

Glass half empty?

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Glass half empty? December 16, 2022 Emma Walsh, one of 15 St. Luke’s Episcopal Church young adult missioners, building a church on the grounds of Campamento Monte De La Transfiguracion, Jarabacoa, República Dominicana, February, 2006.Isaiah...

Take Jesus‘ hand this Advent

Take Jesus‘ hand this Advent

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Take Jesus‘ hand this Advent December 15, 2022 IsaIah 9:18-10:4 | 2 Peter 2:10b-16 | Matthew 3:1-12For all this, his anger has not turned away; His hand is stretched out still.The Isaiah passage could have been written yesterday, so apt are...

“It does not matter how small…”

“It does not matter how small…”

Home > Advent Blog 2022 “It does not matter how small…”December 14, 2022 Isaiah 9:8-17 | 2 Peter 2:1-10a | Mark 1:1-8 Yikes, what readings today, false prophets, cities falling, thankfully followed by John’s message of hope. I am about to invite your company...

”I Believe.“

”I Believe.“

Home > Advent Blog 2022 ”I Believe.“December 13, 2022  Today's New Testament lesson shares the story of Jesus being mocked and beaten by the authorities. They are trying to trick him & get him to admit what they want to hear.But one of Jesus' responses is “If I...

I Will Hope in Him

I Will Hope in Him

Home > Advent Blog 2022 I Will Hope in Him December 12, 2022 Isaiah 8:16-9:1; 2 Peter 1:1-11; Luke 22:39-53 And I will wait on the Lord, Who hides His face from the house of Jacob; And I will hope in Him. – Isaiah 8:17 I don’t really think God hides His face from...

Be patient…really? How much longer?

Be patient…really? How much longer?

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Be patient…really? How much longer?December 11, 2022 Isaiah 35:1-10 | James 5:7-10 | Matthew 11:2-11Over the years, I’ve grown to love Advent and its call to us for anticipatory waiting, though it hasn’t always been that way. “Getting things...

Where do you find peace?

Where do you find peace?

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Where do you find peace? December 10, 2022 Isaiah 8:1-15 | 2 Thessalonians 3:16-18| Luke 22:31-38  Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with all of you. The season sometimes is referred to as...

Experience first-hand St. Luke’s loving community.

Experience first-hand St. Luke’s loving community.

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Experience first-hand St. Luke’s loving community. December 9, 2022 Isaiah 7:10-25 | 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 | Luke 22:14-30  To celebrate my 82nd birthday (today, Dec. 9th) – and just when I was getting kind of complacent about my dear...

Ponder the mystery of Christ in new ways

Ponder the mystery of Christ in new ways

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Ponder the mystery of Christ in new waysDecember 8, 2022 Isaiah 7:1-9    2 Thessalonians  2:1-12   Luke 22:1-13 Even after all these years in the Episcopal church, I find it jarring to be reading about Jesus’ last week of life right before...

Judgement

Judgement

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Judgement December 7, 2022 Isaiah 6:1-13 |  2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 |  John 7:53-8:11Judgement – it seems to surround us these days! We watch behaviors in isolation and make judgements. We hear the news and make judgements. We make decisions,...

Day By Day

Day By Day

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Day By DayDecember 6, 2022 Isaiah 5:13-15, 24-25 | 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 | Luke 21:29-38One of my favorite things to do, is to have a “planning session” with my Gary.  We have them often, like daily…and they usually involve a cup of...

Kept me in the light.

Kept me in the light.

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Kept me in the light.December 5, 2022 Isaiah 5:8-12, 18-23 | 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 | Luke 21:20-28My thoughts will be on 1 Thessalonians 5:5,8-11.'5for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of...

God’s Own Seeds

God’s Own Seeds

Home > Advent Blog 2022 God’s Own Seeds December 4, 2022 Isaiah 11:1-10 | Romans 15:4-13 | Matthew 3:1-12“Righteousness ” or “righteously” occurs six times in today’s readings and is referenced throughout the texts. The concept grabbed my attention and allowed me...

The Gift of Hope

The Gift of Hope

Home > Advent Blog 2022 The Gift of Hope December 3, 2022 Isaiah 4:2-6 | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 | Luke 21:5-19[The Coming of the Lord]But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do...

Seen By God

Seen By God

Home > Advent Blog 2022 Seen By God December 2, 2022 Isaiah 3:8-15 | 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 | Luke 20:41-21:4 The story of the widow’s mite is about giving all that you have even when you have little to give. It is also about the idea that Jesus sees what humankind...

He who calls you is to be trusted.

Home > Advent Blog 2022 He who calls you is to be trusted. December 1, 2022 Isaiah 2:12-22 | 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13 | Luke 20:27-40 I was assigned 1 Thessalonians chapter 3, but this is a short epistle so I read the entire letter and found treasures in chapter 5. ...

“Thy Kingdom Come”

“Thy Kingdom Come”

Home > Advent Blog 2022 “Thy Kingdom Come” November 30, 2022 Washington National Cathedral - Photo by Lawrence OP  http://lawrenceop.tumblr.comIsaiah 2:1-11 | 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20 | Luke 20:19-26they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears...

God Calling

Home > Advent Blog 2022 God Calling November 29, 2022 Isaiah 1:21-31 | 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 | Luke 20:9-18 Advent is a season of Hope, Peace, Light, and Love. And yet today’s readings are full of bad behavior, deceit, ill-treatment of others, and a general...

By what authority are you doing these things?

By what authority are you doing these things?

Home > Advent Blog 2022 By what authority are you doing these things? November 28, 2022 Isaiah 1:10-20 | 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 | Luke 20:1-8 As we venture into Advent, the season of the church year where we prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus into the world...

“Making Ready”

“Making Ready”

Home > Advent Blog 2022 “Making Ready” November 27, 2022 Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44I love trees… From the tallest, most majestic to the tiny saplings struggling to grow.This time of year the color has mostly faded from the leaves that dressed...

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