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The Rev. Elaine Murray Dreeben

Elaine Dreeben: The Reign of Re-memberance

Luke 1:68-79; Luke 23:33-43

Reign of Christ - Year C

November 20, 2016

The Rev. Elaine Dreeben (PCUSA)


A parent's hope for their child is that he or she will find a place in the world, a place to belong. Sometimes we communicate that through expectations that our son or daughter will be this or that, marry a person who holds a particular set of values or achievements. When life is brought into the world, it comes with all kinds of spoken or unspoken expectations.

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The Rev. Maxwell Grant

Expecting Christmas

Matthew 1:18-25

4th Sunday of Advent - Year A

December 22, 2013

The Rev. Maxwell Grant (UCC)

Walking around Manhattan this week, now that we're in the final countdown to Christmas, I was particularly aware of the wash of Christmas music.

Waiting for a subway on my way to visit a friend in the hospital, I heard a version of "What Child Is This?" played by two musicians as a kind of call and response in that intricate and haunting style of classical Spanish guitar.

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The Rev. Dr. David Lose Transcript

September 13, 2009

The Heartbreaking Messiah

The Rev. Dr. David Lose (ELCA)

The Rev. Dr. David Lose explores the phenomenon of shattered expectations in light of Christ's question of his disciples, "Who do you say that I am?"
The Rev. Dr. Thomas Lane Butts Article

June 25, 2009

Dr. Thomas Lane Butts: How Much Do You Know?

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Lane Butts (UMC)

Dr. Thomas Lane Butts explores how life's demands and our expectations can affect our faith.
The Rev. Martha Sterne Article

April 21, 2009

Pilot or Passenger?

The Rev. Martha Sterne (TEC)

Over and over again, I find myself trying to figure out who is in charge in a particular situation. Maybe I really want to be in charge and maybe I really really don't want to be in charge - but not knowing - WHEW! - can make for a train wreck . . . .

The Rev. Dr. Tim Boggess Transcript

January 11, 2009

In The Hole He Goes

The Rev. Dr. Timothy T. Boggess (PCUSA)

Now what? That is the question on my mind today. The great drama of Advent is over. After their own harrowing journey to the manger, Mary and Joseph have welcomed their son into the world.

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. Transcript

December 28, 2008

A Sight for Certain Eyes

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr., is pastor of Covenant United Church of Christ, South Holland, IL.