Open Hands

Download The three magi in the nativity scene on the shelf in the living room at Pat and Paul Christley’s home weren’t holding the traditional gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh. The first was holding a baby bottle; practical; the second was holding a wrapped… Read More

Nature’s Gospel

Download Winter solstice is upon us. In the northern hemisphere, tomorrow marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. This entire Advent season we’ve been talking about “watching for the light,” during which time the light has actually been slowly receding… Read More

Watching for the Light: Christmas and the Chorister’s Prayer

Download Painted on the wall in the church’s choir room is an old prayer;  I mean an old prayer. The Chorister’s Prayer dates from about 400 A.D. If you haven’t seen it there, once the building is open again, go have a look. Read More

Watching for the Light: Preparing

Download Well, it is so good to be with each and every one of you here this morning at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church on this Second Sunday of Advent – a four-week journey that serves to prepare the way to Christmas, and… Read More

Watching for the Light: Awakening

Download “We teach our children one thing only, the same thing we ourselves were taught: to wake up.” I’m sure Annie Dillard’s words stir up colorful memories for parents, and for kids, and for parents who used to be kids about experiences of… Read More

With Thanksgiving

Download It appears as though in the coming days and weeks we’re going to be governed more by a pandemic than by personal preferences, or as one friend put it, held in the grasp of a virus instead of the embrace of loved… Read More

Numbering our days

Download “Teach us to number our days, that we may receive a heart of wisdom.”  One of my favorite phrases in one of my favorite psalms that was put to poetry in what has become one of my favorite hymns from… Read More

Download November 8, 2020                                                                          Rev. Karen Horan Good morning.  Again, my name is Karen Horan, and I’m so glad to be with you all today.  But I have to admit, it is a bit of a strange Sunday after all that has… Read More

Tears and singing

Download The Book of Revelation contains “as many mysteries as it does words.” That was the description of Saint Jerome of the fourth century, and never since have we had a better description of that book. He was expressing what many of… Read More