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Guiding Star Word: Five Minute Faith

For those who follow the lectionary (yearly schedule of Bible readings), January 6 is both Epiphany and Baptism of the Lord Sunday. At Northbrook UMC, we didn’t want to miss out on either of these celebrations, so we’ll push back Baptism of the Lord to next week, January 13. The Epiphany activity below focuses on […]

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January 3 Edevotional

“They asked, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We’ve seen his star in the east, and we’ve come to honor him.’”Matthew 2:2 This week we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany, literally meaning to shine upon, to shed light on, to illuminate. We celebrate a star shining on Jesus, illuminating who this child […]

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A Blessing for the New Year

On January 6th , the 12th day after Christmas which the Church calls “Epiphany,” we mark the wisepersons’ arrival in Bethlehem to see Jesus. Though the magi are often included in Christmas Eve pageants, Epiphany is an acknowledgement that the magi’s journey would have been far too long to make in one night. The tradition […]

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December 27 Edevotional

The Christmas Season is upon us. And the New Year not far away. Winter cold has descended upon Northbrook. The light is “brutiful” as Christine wrote last week (a unique combination of beautiful and brutal). I’m still contemplating the theme, Making Room, and thinking about making room for trust. I watched a documentary film last […]

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Seeking Light: December 20 E-Devotional

This third week of Advent, the days are shortest and the nights longest. The sparkling Christmas lights and the glittery decorations contrast starkly with both the literal and metaphorical darkness we experience. Writer Glennon Doyle describes such contrasting experiences as “brutiful”- a combination of brutal and beautiful. I find the Old Testament a bit “brutiful.” […]

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December 13 Edevotional

MAKING ROOM, ADVENT TWO “Comfort, comfort my people! says your God. Speak compassionately to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her compulsory service has ended, that her penalty has been paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins! A voice is crying out: “Clear the Lord’s way in the […]

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5 Minute Faith: The Real Christmas Story

Wisemen, shepherds, angels, no room at the inn… we’ve heard the Christmas story many times. But, in the Bible, there isn’t just one story – there are two. One account by the author of Matthew, another account by the author of Luke. Things we have always assumed are a part of the story  – like […]

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December 6 Edevotional

  ADVENT REFLECTION ONE (this was written for the 9 a.m. reflection time for December 3. Join us before worship, 9 a.m. for Advent Two) 1The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. […]

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November 29 Edevotional

Advent is almost upon us. A time to pause, breathe, wait, make room for some God-space in our lives. God wants to become en-fleshed in us, put some skin on this Christmas. How can I get ready for that to happen in me once again, or in an even fuller way? The prophet Isaiah is […]

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Advent Devotion Recommendations

A daily or weekly reading during Advent helps us to focus on the meaning of Christ birth during a busy season. NUMC created an Advent Devotion for all ages that works with the Advent Candles we will make on December 3.  If you are looking for something different, here are a few options I recommend: Picture […]

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