As Advent turns the corner toward Christmas, we are delighted to see our rector — Mike Kinman — featured on the cover of the Christmas issue of the Pasadena Weekly.
Loving Our Differences by Jim Loduha
Christmas time should be a season when we warmly embrace one another, especially in our differences. It should be a hopeful time when we extend radical love and inclusion to all. I am reminded of the story behind the overly familiar Christmas carol Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as told in the book Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins. There is more than a shiny red nose to the story, and it is as relevant today as it was then.
by Kelly Phelan
This has been a whirlwind of an Advent. On the first Sunday of Advent I packed up my Toyota and drove 1200 miles from Seattle to Los Angeles with my best friend. Despite having less than four Sundays to prepare it was the easiest move I ever had. Once I landed in LA I had a hard time getting into the “Advent Spirit” in a place where I have not put on an actual coat since I left Seattle.
“Rebellions are built on hope.”
Yes, it’s a quote from “Rogue One” — the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise. But it could be a quote from Advent One — when we lit the first candle of Hope on the Advent Wreath: an icon of our ongoing rebellion against what the Prayer Book calls “the works of darkness.”
Sally Howard on Sunday, December 18, 2016:
“Jesus refused to accept the world as it was. Filled with the Spirit, he imagined a world and lived out a life inviting absolutely everyone to the banquet table.”
Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, December 18, 2016:
“There is holiness in the simple act of presence.”
Mike Kinman on Sunday, December 18, 2016:
“The time for respectability is over. It is the time for solidarity.”
Traditionally “La Posada” commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem and their search for shelter in preparation for Jesus’ birth. This year, on Thursday December 22 — in the shadow of looming public policy decisions by the incoming presidential administration — the Pasadena Community “La Posada” becomes a symbolic representation of the search for protection for immigrants and refugees targeted for oppression and marginalization.
The Candle of Love – by Jenny Tisi
Today is the last Sunday of Advent. We will light the candle of Love today. And what greater way for me to spend my morning than cooking up our 6th annual Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast for the young men of Trouveres. Our newest ensemble, Vox Cambiata, will come and enjoy a feast at 7:45am and look forward to this bonding time every year. No one arrives late. In fact, everyone arrives early.
by Susan Russell
Last week we heard Mary’s “back story” on the unfolding Christmas Story. This week we hear Joseph’s. The Gospel according to Matthew tells us that his first reaction to the “good news of great joy that shall be for all people” was to dismiss his pregnant fiancé … an act which would fallen firmly within the bounds of the traditional family values of his day – and would have made Mary and her child outcasts. Instead, Joseph did as the angel commanded and took Mary as his wife and named the child Jesus – and the rest is Holy Family History.
Togetherness by Jim Loduha
This Advent season my mind keeps coming back to the notion of togetherness. It’s a season in the church that reminds us that God is with us, together with us at all times in our lives and in history. Yet, this year seems particularly not “together.”
Another Santa by Keith Holeman
This time every year I find my mind drifting in and out of thoughts of the many people who have blessed my life. It naturally happens, no motivation needed. Advent just does that to me. My own expectation – for the new experiences, people, and the good we can do around here – easily triggers gratitude for myriad people in as many places—all the images of God who have passed my way.