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Advent Week Four: Love

Christmas is only three days away. Today as we light the fourth and final candle on our Advent wreath we can see that the light comes very close to overcoming all darkness. The only candle that is left now is the center candle, the Christ candle, which we’ll light on Christmas morning. As a reminder […]

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Advent Week Three: Joy

As we light the third of the four outer candles on our Advent wreath, we are reminded that Christmas is drawing nearer. The light of this third candle comes even closer to completely driving the darkness away. This third candle represents ‘joy’. The wreath we’re using for this advent series is a great picture to

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Advent Week Two: Peace

As we light the second of the four outer candles on our Advent wreath, we are reminded that as Christmas draws nearer, the light of this new candle drives darkness even further into the distance. This second candle is the ‘peace’ candle. It’s a strange time to dwell on peace with everything that is happening

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Advent Week One: Hope

As I mentioned in my previous message, I’ll be drawing your attention to the Advent wreath to help us track with the Advent season over the next four weeks. There is so much symbolism to this wreath; its circular shape is meant to represent God, the Creator and Preserver of all things. His love has

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Advent 2014

It’s a little known fact that the Season of Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas, is actually the beginning of the Christian year; not the end. Some churches celebrate New Year’s Eve on November 30th in preparation for their New Year, beginning on December 1st. We’re almost at the end of the year

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Our Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone. The leftover turkey is eaten up. The family gatherings are a fading memory. For those of us with kids, Halloween preparations are underway. Before we know it we’ll be buckling down for Christmas preparations. Time just has a way of flying by. If we don’t stop once in

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It’s been my experience over the years working in drop-ins and shelters that the fall season can be the most difficult and stressful time of the year for staff. As our friends on the street transition from the relative safety and warmth of summer and start to prepare for the oncoming danger; the darkness and

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