December 22nd – Steve Jungkeit – with audio

Text: Luke 2: 1-20 The Exuberant Pluralism of Christmas[1]             After returning from Mexico last month, I shared with you that rituals have come to play an important role in my understanding of the world.  I told you about the Day of the Dead ceremony that...

December 15th – Steve Jungkeit – with audio

Texts: Isaiah 60: 1-5a; Matthew 2: 1-10 Can You Still See the Star? Here are a few lines from “The Journey of the Magi,” T. S. Eliot’s poem about the night passage of the wise men, as they follow an elusive star toward the manger in Bethlehem: A cold coming we had of...

December 8th – Steve Jungkeit – with audio

Texts: Isaiah 40: 1-5; Luke 1: 26-37 Mary, Gabriel, and the Blessings of Confusion[1]             Most every morning, I get up early, and when it’s still dark, I leave the parsonage and begin running.  As soon as it’s light enough to see, I step onto the forest trail...