Entries by Deane Zeeman

Epiphany 2

January 14 2018 Readings: 1 Samuel 3: 1-10 ~ Corinthians 6: 12-20 ~ John 1: 43-51 Invitation Last Sunday, fresh from a clergy day on Congregational Development, I shared the idea that the primary task of any congregation is to gather people for transformation of our hearts, minds, and actions, so that we can live […]


January 7 2018 READINGS: Isaiah 60: 1-6 ~ Psalm 72: 1-14 ~ Matthew 2: 1-12 A group of wise men see an intriguing new star in the sky. Taking it as a sign that a great new king is born, they set out on a quest to find him. Most likely, these ‘wise  men’ are […]

Christmas 1 2017

December 31 2017 READINGS: Galatians 4:4-7 ~ Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 Six weeks after the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph head to the temple to offer two pigeons or turtle doves to complete Mary’s purification after childbirth. They also use this time to dedicate Jesus – their firstborn son – to God. This is the […]

Christmas Day 2017

READINGS: Isaiah 9:2-7 ~ Luke 2:15-20 A priest in central America decided to take a break from regular preaching to listen to the thoughts and insights of the local people. When he told the story of Epiphany, the coming of the wise men, one old peasant commented, When God called the wise men, he sent […]

Christmas Eve 2017

READINGS: John 1: 1-3 ~ Isaiah 52:7-10 ~ Luke 2:1-14 Midwives for God   This morning we heard the story of Gabriel’s visit to Mary and we pondered the importance of the creator of the world asking for Mary’s permission before going ahead with the pregnancy. Now we fast forward to the birth of that child. […]

Advent 4 2017

December 24 2017 READINGS: 2 Samuel 7:1-11 ~ Canticle 18 ~ Luke 1:26-38 Its been 11 years since we celebrated Advent 4 and Christmas Eve on the same day. This morning we listen to the story of the annunciation – of Gabriel’s visit to Mary.  Then we fast forward 9 months so that, tonight, we […]