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Advent Devotion: 1 Samuel 2:1–10

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, December 21 2020

Hannah's Prayer Hannah had lived the start of her adult life, languishing and living in the shadow of depression, waiting to conceive a child, that never came. In a final desperate bargain with God, she prayerfully committed her personal life to God, and that of her yet–to-be-born son to the priesthood, if God would grant her a child. From the day...

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Advent Devotion: Luke 1:46b–55

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, December 20 2020

The Magnificat This passage from Luke is sometimes referred to as “Mary’s Song of Praise.” In the early Catholic church, it was incorporated into the liturgy and remains so today as part of the service of the “Visitation,” marking Mary’s visit to her cousin, Elizabeth. When each heard that the other was expecting a child, they rejoiced. It seems t...

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Advent Devotion: Luke 1:39–45

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, December 19 2020

Jesus is the Light of the World After Mary had been told by the angel Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus, she went to visit her relative Elizabeth who was expecting the birth of John the Baptist Luke 1:39-45 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizab...

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Christmas schedule announcement: December 18, 2020

Henry G. Brinton and Yena K. Hwang, December 18 2020

Dear FPC Members and Friends, We miss you! It is our  hope you are staying well as we pass the nine-month mark of this pandemic. Although these are dark days, the light of Christ continues to shine so we wish you the very best as you celebrate Jesus' birth at Christmas. In this pastoral letter, we will list some of the ways that we can worship, lea...

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Advent Devotion: Psalm 46

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, December 18 2020

In September, I arrived back in Maine grateful to be returning to a place deeply soothing to my soul. But I didn’t experience the immediate unwinding I had when arriving in July. I felt tense and fearful and agitated and always one moment from tears. One breezy afternoon during our first week back, I walked down the gangway to the float in our cov...

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Advent Devotion: Hebrews 1:1–4

by Henry Brinton, December 17 2020

Hebrews 1:1-4:  "Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful...

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Advent Devotion: Psalm 125

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, December 16 2020

Psalm 125 is one of a group of 15 songs of ascent in the Book of Psalms. These psalms were sung by the people as they climbed toward God's Holy Mountain, Mt. Zion. We might think of them as climbing toward God's Heavenly Light. God is steadfast and unmovable and guides us, even today as we in 2020 do our best to live in God's light.

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Advent Devotion: Matthew 5:14–16

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, December 15 2020

“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” This is the most common deathbed regret that palliative nurse, Bronnie Ware, heard, in the eight years she spent in dedication to caring for those who were dying. Haunting.  Poignant.  Heartbreaking.  An awareness, a belief, a realization of a truth, vo...

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Advent Devotion: Ephesians 6:10–17

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, December 14 2020

Summer Sunday Express, August 2018 – during which eleven FPC elementary grade children enjoyed wearing and sharing Roman soldier costumes for an hour and their armor consisted of swords, helmets, waist buckles, breastplates, shields, and sandals. Not sure if they got the main idea that Ephesians is the survival manual for Christians or they were w...

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Advent Devotion: John 1:1–9

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, December 13 2020

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:5) This year has been very difficult for many of us. With so many stressors plaguing our world, nation, and community, all too often, we have been left to cope with feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger, and disgust. But one feeling I think that can be so damaging to o...

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