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Jesus, the Light of the World


12/23/2014 by Eric Strand
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Jesus, the Light of the World
What came into being through the Word was life,
    and the life was the light for all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
    and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.
- John 1:3a-5
 
The celebration of Christmas and Epiphany is a celebration of light:  A light ...

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Music surrounds us at this time of year.


11/25/2014 by Eric Strand
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Music surrounds us at this time of year. The 24/7 “Christmas” music on radios and in stores bombards us. It seems to come earlier and earlier each year, often on the heels of Halloween. Forget Thanksgiving and Advent (“what’s that?); they are not part of this picture. It seems that the rhythm of “church” is ...

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​"For All the Saints, Who From Their Labors Rest"


10/28/2014 by Eric Strand
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For me, this time of year brings a certain nostalgia, or remembrance.  Seasonal changes bring colorful and falling leaves, and evoke a turn inward, both physically inside to the warmth of a fire, and metaphorically, toward interior reflection on life and death.  The church as well seems to sense this pattern and celebrates three days: &...

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​Traditional vs. Contemporary


9/23/2014 by Eric Strand
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These two words often sum up the typical conversation about music in the church.  Amazingly, these words do very little to adequately describe the music, and often raise more questions than they answer.  Whose tradition?  Tradition at what point in time?  Contemporary to whom?  To what population?  Also, these words do...

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