A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things

It’s no secret how much I like Christmas music. There’s nothing like listening to Karen Carpenter singing “Home for the Holidays” or Tony Bennett singing “Winter Wonderland”. Most people believe it’s socially acceptable to begin listening after Thanksgiving, although...
Dark Skies and Bright Light

Dark Skies and Bright Light

As a kid growing up in East Williamson NY, I remember how early darkness descended on our little town during December. Early in the month, the sun sets around 4:30pm with last light occurring at 5:05pm. For much of winter, evening activities around town are done in...
Second Week of Advent

Second Week of Advent

We have entered our second week of Advent season. I have encouraged our church family to celebrate and recognize Advent through a time of fasting, beginning after supper on Sunday night and continuing until supper on Monday night. If you are able, we encourage you to...
Jesus Reigns in Every Season

Jesus Reigns in Every Season

We’re officially in the Christmas season. You can see it. You can hear it. The evidence is all around us. Front porches and shrubs adorned with colorful lights. Inflatable Santa’s and Frosty’s staked to the ground, sometimes found side by side with plastic shepherds...
Advent Season

Advent Season

As some of you are aware, this Lord’s Day marks the beginning of a season historically known as Advent. For many Christians throughout church history, Advent has served as a season of preparation and anticipation. After all, Advent season leads to Christmas and the...
The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The reason I like it better than Christmas is there aren’t as many expectations (materialism, gifts), and it doesn’t carry the same relative tension (Santa vs virgin birth). Thanksgiving is simply a season of being thankful, and...