December 28, 2015

Bring Us Home

By Kenneth M. Locke
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

Read Jeremiah 31:7-9

Christmas is finally over, and we may feel relieved. We are tired of delayed flights and missed connections. We are weary of staying with distant relatives. We have lost our taste for junk food. We are tired of the crush at the malls.

We are ready for a return to life the way it was, to what it should be. We want to be home, even if we haven’t left! … read

December 25, 2015

It’s Christmas Day

By Upper Room Books

Christmas MemeOn Christmas day shines a light that is bright and full of hope, love, joy and peace.

Matthew 1:23 (CEB) 

Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, And they will call him, Emmanuel. (Emmanuel means “God with us.”)

John 1:14 (CEB)

The Word became flesh and made his home among us. We have seen his glory, glory like that of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.


December 24, 2015

Jesus’ Birth Changes Everything

By Enuma Okoro

Blog-Meme-12-24-2015_ROLE-TO-PLAY-CHRISTMAS-EVEJesus’ birth changes everything. Not only are holy promises fulfilled, but all of our futures are now subject to new beginnings and new endings.

Life is most fully lived within the light that Jesus brings into the world. What can that mean for us from this day forward? … read

December 23, 2015

PEACE During the Fourth Week of Advent

By Kara Lassen Oliver

Light the Christ candle, saying, We light the candle and recite the words of the Catholic Rosary prayer, based on Luke 1:28, 42: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you! Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.”

Or you may pray the opening line from Mary’s Song of Praise in Luke 1:46: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”

Invite the music leader to help the group sing a song. Bring a picture of the Virgin Mary. Invite the group

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