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People Practice their Religion Online November 7, 2014 - 3:18pm

In a captivating report by Pew, as reported in the LA Times, white evangelicals and Black Protestants, aged 18-29 are likely (31%) to be sharing their faith online if they attend church every week. 

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-religion-social-networks-pew-20141105-story.html

Ryan Bolger's Space
Appreciate your Prayers November 7, 2014 - 4:16pm

I would appreciate your prayers for my dad who just got out of the hospital because of complications with his meds. 

Ryan Bolger's Space
Start date of book group November 10, 2014 - 1:27pm Book Group - Reading Richard Rohr's Immortal Diamond
Read the first chapter before the end of the first week. November 10, 2014 - 1:36pm

We will begin reading the book during the first week of the study.

Book Group - Reading Richard Rohr's Immortal Diamond
Brainstorm church service November 10, 2014 - 11:43pm

I need to help my team with the church service coming up on the 16th. 

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Daily Ritual November 30, 2014 - 9:19pm

Each time you light your first candle repeat Mary's phrase, "But how...?" as your prayer.

Wait and listen for God's response.

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Daily Ritual November 30, 2014 - 9:46pm

Each time you light your two candles let your mind roam over the past day and pray for those whose journey has crossed with yours.

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Daily Ritual November 30, 2014 - 9:54pm

Each time you light your three candles pray for long term peace to come to the people of Jerusalem and Gaza (and other conflict zones). Pray for more than 350,000 Jewish and Palestinian children severely psychologically traumatized by loss and the sights and sounds of war. For them the wait for peace has been unbearable.

Note that some traditions use a pink/rose candle and give this week "Gaudete (rejoice) Sunday." This comes from the first word in the Latin of Philippians 4:4,5: "Gaudete in Domino semper" ("Rejoice in the Lord always").

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Daily Ritual November 30, 2014 - 9:57pm

As you light your four candles this week think about the characters and what you need to work on to become more, or less, like them as you follow Jesus.

(Note that on Christmas day you can light your central Christ candle.)

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Daily Ritual November 30, 2014 - 10:04pm

When you light your five candles on Christmas day and after, think about and pray for children whose future is threatened by violence, in your city, and around the world. These are for people for whom waiting is fearful, uncertain, and spirit breaking.

The Christian Church season of Christmas (12 Days of Christmas) runs until January 6. You might like to keep lighting your candles, or just the Christ candle, through this time. We need Advent to keep us from having Christmas too soon, and we need the 12 days to stop us giving it up too quickly.

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Weekly Reflection November 30, 2014 - 10:11pm

What are you waiting for at the moment?

How have you been waiting?

Talk with God about this.

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Weekly Reflection November 30, 2014 - 10:44pm

Who has been with you on your journey this year?

At the high points or the low points?

How have you come alongside and supported someone near to you? Someone in your community? Someone in another part of the world?

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Weekly Reflection November 30, 2014 - 10:49pm

In the West we take freedom of movement as something we are entitled to. Imagine how your life would be if you had to line up with your passport everytime you had to get out of your street or how you would feel if you knew someone from the next suburb might be tunneling beneath your house with the intention of violent robbery?

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Weekly Reflection November 30, 2014 - 10:52pm

Mary, Joseph, sheepherders, scholars and Herod are all part of the one story but each responds in a different way; each has a different experience of waiting. Who do you most identify with? Why?

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Weekly Reflection November 30, 2014 - 10:53pm

Look again at He Qi's art. Why do you think he has fractured the image so much?

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Bible Reading November 30, 2014 - 11:01pm

Luke 1:26-38 (The Message)

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In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilean village of Nazareth to a virgin engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin’s name, Mary. Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her: Good morning! You’re beautiful with God’s beauty, Beautiful inside and out!
God be with you.

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Bible Reading November 30, 2014 - 11:30pm

Matthew 2:13-20 (The Message)

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Bible Reading November 30, 2014 - 11:31pm

Matthew 1:18-23, 2: 1-12 (The Message)

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Bible Reading November 30, 2014 - 11:32pm

Luke 1: 39-56 (The Message)

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Bible Reading November 30, 2014 - 11:33pm

Luke 2:1-20 (The Message)
About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions