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Christmas in July

Tomorrow is July 25th. That’s right, folks–only four months until the holiday season is here. We did something really fun at our house last year and I wanted to share it with you in the event that you might like to put your own spin on it this year. 270 more words

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Preparations in July

Getting ready for Christmas in Australia for a child often starts when school closes for the year. It’s hot. Sometimes the day temperatures in south-west Western Australia rise to the mid-thirties Celsius in December, and the dry easterlies start to blow. 191 more words

Advent

A Prayer for Illumination

Here is an example of a prayer that was used before a sermon on Micah 1:1-2:9, for which the New Testament Lesson was John 1:14-18. A minister could adapt this prayer according to what he is preaching on any given Lord’s Day. 114 more words

Prayer

Searching

we fail in this old world,

directionless without such a

star as leads wise men

to new enlightenment

our emptiness yawns black

in a night that never grows… 48 more words

Poetry

Let the Glory of the Lord Rise Among Us!

Sometimes, when we view a painting it can seem so much like a fairytale that we struggle to make it personal and maybe we think there is no need. 320 more words

Sunday Morning Meditations

Christmas in July: It's Advent right now.

One morning while worshipping, the Lord gave me a vision of an Advent wreath. I didn’t quite know what it meant at the time, but I made a mental note to look into it later. 728 more words

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TCDA 2014

The 59th Annual Convention of the Texas Choral Directors Association (San Antonio, July 27-30, 2014) includes my new Advent anthem “Hark, the Glad Sound!” in a reading session of sacred/general choral music. 18 more words

Choral Music