Advent Is Not For Sissies – Peace at Advent

“Advent is definitely not for sissies”, writes Fleming Rutledge, in her striking new book on Advent.  What does she mean when she says that Advent is “not for sissies”? Advent is not for sissies because Advent is the season in the church calendar when we can most squarely face the hard realities of the world. …

The Pursuit of Joy

In the third week of Advent, Tess Wallace reflects on the theme of joy. The pursuit of joy I suspect that a lot of our time and energy this holiday season will be devoted to the pursuit of joy – finding the perfect gift for a loved one, travelling to different events around the North…

The King is Love – An Advent Poem

The King is Love A poem by Joseph Byamukama, reflecting on the theme of Love on our second week of Advent. Have you heard? Have you seen?In the silent night, when there is no lightThe King sleeps, while heaven singsOur Maker is in a MangerLove has made His home with us   The King is…

A Light in the Dark (Advent 2018) – Sharing Hope

The Advent Candles – Bringing Light into Darkness The season of advent begins in darkness. This is appropriate because the world can be a dark place. But we remember Jesus’ words I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer…

The Lord Reigns: An Advent Sermon Reflection

Today’s post is part of a series to help us take what we learn on Sunday into the rest of the week. These posts summarize the main points from the week’s sermon and include questions for continued reflection and prayer. The posts in this series are written by members of our church’s Adult Christian Formation…

Rejoicing in God with Us

“…where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy.” —Psalm 65:8 As many of our brothers and sisters at NSCBC know, on October 22, 2016 we lost our youngest son to metastatic adenocarcinoma pancreatic cancer at the age of 39. I believe that, since we arrived here on July 6 to join…

Emoji Christmas

We’re always looking for creative ways to tell the Christmas story. Take a look at this emoji Christmas video! What are other ways you’ve told this timeless story?

Hopeful Expectation

“What does your faith have to do with how you approach your day-to-day tasks at work?” This question was posed to a guest speaker in our Sunday School class about the integration of faith and work recently. “I have more hope for people than I might otherwise,” he replied. “My organization works with people who…