and singing are all bridges that prepare our hearts to receive Christ again!
Follow this link to read
the Advent and Christmas devotions
written for this season by the
Laity of the West Virginia Conference!
There's a song in the air! There's a star in the sky!
There's a mother's deep prayer and a baby's low cry!
And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,
for the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!
In the light of that star lie the ages impearled;
and that song from afar has swept over the world.
Every hearth is aflame, and the beautiful sing
in the homes of the nations that Jesus is King!
It's New Year's Eve - or Watch Night, a time when people gather to pray for peace and new beginnings.
Bishop Sandra reflects on the hymn: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks and invites us to have a happy and blessed New Year!
(learn more about Watch Night in the Methodist tradition here)
Bishop Sandra invites Angela Jones to share The Coventry Carol with us on this "Holy Innocents" Day.
A hauntingly beautiful hymn that dates back to the 1400's The Coventry Carol laments the death of children at the hand of Herod.
Who are the people God is calling us to reach out to this day - people who need a plan of safety, a story of hope? Consider the families impacted by the tornado outbreak mid December - they need people of faith to walk alongside them in this season of recovery.
Death, disaster and destruction do not have the last word - this is the hope that comes from The Coventry Carol, and today's reflection.
Take a few minutes to hear the re-telling of the story through music and words of hope.
Angels are messengers from God! The good news is that each and every one of us have the potential to be a messenger too!
As you listen to Bishop Sandra's reflection - consider: who needs to hear a word of hope from God today?
"There's A Song in the Air!" On this Christmas Day we gather with family and friends and rejoice the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Despite the struggles and challenges in our lives, today is a day of rejoicing!
We give thanks for the gifts of Robert O. Fulton, Kerry Bart and Angela M. Jones as they share their gifts to bring us "There's A Song in the Air."
There are many songs in the air this Christmas Eve...one that speaks to our hearts is Silent Night, Holy Night.
On this night we remember and tell the story of the birth of the Christ Child as we gather with loved ones our prayer is that God's love is born anew in you this night.
Take a moment to meditate on the birth of Christ as Robert O. Fulton, Kerry Bart and Angela M. Jones share Silent Night with us.
We are just days away from celebrating Christmas! "O Come, All Ye Faithful" reminds us to prepare our hearts, minds and spirits to receive Christ anew!
Pastors Robert O. Fulton and Kerry Bart share their musical gifts this morning and give us opportunity to meditate on these words: "O come all ye faithful!"
This morning Bishop Sandra reflects on "The Canticle of Mary" a written song of Mary from the United Methodist Hymnal #199.
"My soul proclaims the greatness of the LORD, My spirit rejoices in God my Savior, who has looked with favor on me, a lowly servant."
Lo How A Rose E're Blooming is an Advent hymn that gives thanks for Mary, mother of Jesus. Take a few minutes to hear a reflection on this hymn with Bishop Sandra.
Follow this link to learn more about "Lo How A Rose E're Blooming"
The Monday of Christmas week - and yet we are still in the midst of the Advent season. This morning Bishop Sandra is joined by LIFE UMC to share the Advent hymn: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
Blessed by the God of Israel is the Advent hymn this morning - the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Take a listen and be blessed in the message of hope!
This morning Bishop Sandra shares the hymn: I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light and shares some reflections on this Advent Hymn.
There's A Song in the Air! This morning's Advent reflection focuses on one of Bishop Sandra's favorite hymns: "In the Bleak Midwinter" and its sung by Angela Jones, Rev. Robert O Fulton and Rev. Kerry Bart this morning! Take a listen!
This morning Bishop Sandra shares a reflection on the advent hymn: Emmanuel, Emmanuel. And she shares some questions she asks herself each evening. How can you draw closer to Christ, God with Us, this Advent season?
Today Bishop Sandra explores "Hail to the Lord's Anointed" and the message for us this Advent season!
Today Bishop Sandra explores verse 2 of Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Song Saturday Advent edition begins with: Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.