New today: Paul Waddell reviews James Voiss, church planting as a married couple, blogging the lectionary

December 22, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Luke 1:46b-55; Micah 4:6-82 Peter 1:16-21

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: John of Kanty (Catholic calendar), Mor GabrielGaubaldNaumJohn CottonMarie-Marguerite d'YouvilleSarah Moore GrimkéFrederick TempleEdward Schillebeeckx

New today from the Century

How do we forgive? by Paul J. Waddell. What is forgiveness, and is it always possible? Are there times when it is unwise? Is it even feasible when someone refuses to repent? These are some of the questions James Voiss takes up in his astute analysis of forgiveness.

Called together, by Carol Howard Merritt. The night Rebecca and Luke Sumner met, they discussed church planting. They ended up planting a church together.

Sunday's Coming: Let the children serve, by Joanna Harader. The writer of Colossians urges members of that church to clothe themselves with “compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” And sometimes this is what it takes to fully include children in our worship.

Reading Mary alongside Maryam, by Vicki Garlock. With Ramadan currently falling in the summer months, our connections to Islam can easily get lost in the winter holiday shuffle. That’s ironic, since the story of the birth of Isa (Jesus) to Maryam (Mary) is found in the Qur’an.


Sighing at the angel tree, by Beth Merrill Neel. Our congregation has, for many years, had a Christmastime angel tree, in which members purchase requested gifts for lower-income families. Our family waits until the later weeks to pick up our cards, because some gift recipients are simply not as much fun to shop for.

Starry Solomon’s plume,” a poem by Paul Willis

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