I hope you all had a blessed Christmas. May love, peace, and joy be yours in the New Year!
About the Photo
This was or Advent Hope Tree at church. I took some branches and wrapped them in blue yarns. Then my daughter and I made hanging ornaments out of a photo taken of stars by an astronomer friend of ours. Meanwhile, at church, we collected names of groups and causes that could use a bit of prayer and financial love for all their tireless work. We hung an ornament with the name of each one on the back of it. We had a couple rounds of voting on where to send our Christmas Eve offering. The giving that night was roughly $2,800 in undesignated funds. That means that the El Camino Homeless Shelter, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, and the Homeless Animal Rescue Team in Cambria will each receive $900+. Click the links on each if you want to know about these organizations. Way to go Bethel Community!
Micah 5:2-5a and Matthew 1:18-2:15
Scripture readings follow Brian's McLaren's alternative lectionary in his book We Make the Road by Walking.
Here's a link to a poem of Gary Snyder's -- For the Children -- an appropriate selection for the stories about King Herod in Matthew this Third Sunday in Advent.
Check out Carry the Future on Facebook. Here is their spot on the Today show: