Posts by AFBC

The Perseverance of Christmas

Each year, Christmas arrives with anticipation and a surprise! We look forward to it, but it always catches us off guard because of the depth of its meaning. It invites us again into God’s steadfast love and faithfulness! We are overwhelmed by the tenderness, gentleness, and strength of God’s love. We prepare for Christmas by…

Those Who Dream

The First Sunday of Advent is November 29. It is the beginning of a new Church Year! We are thankful for beginnings, as they remind us of the new beginning we always find in the steadfast love of God. New beginnings are a time to dream, which is why our theme for Advent is Those…

All Saints’ Day

Each year on the Church’s Calendar, we are invited to celebrate All Saints’ Day on November 1. It is a day, which invites us to give thanks for the saints who have gone before us into the nearer presence of God. It is difficult to speak of loss and grief; but it is also healing…

Raise Your Hand

The questions we ask are important. They introduce us to essential insights. The well-known writer, Harold Kushner, who served as a congregational rabbi for fifty years, raises this question in his book, Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life. He asks, “What questions do we ask in the face of a crisis?” He begins with…

Days Behind, Days Ahead

As we turn the pages of our calendars, leaving the days of September behind and stepping into October, we might look back to see how many weeks we have been navigating a global pandemic. We might feel an element of shock as we count the days of social distancing and wearing masks. We continue to…

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