Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas


It’s a time when we prepare our lives- hearts, minds and spirits- for the coming of the Christ child. We sweep out the corners of our hearts, cleaning up the clutter, to make space for God’s hope, peace, joy, love and presence. The Uncluttered Heart: Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas offers four weeks of guided reflection through the weeks of Advent on through Epiphany including quotations, scripture, reflection and prayer each day.

Advent program wraps up

Thank you for journeying with us here and at home. I pray you found this experience fruitful during your holiday season. Although our program is wrapping up now, our work in the world continues for some, and is just beginning for others. Enjoy this last reflection as...

Epiphany Pot Luck tomorrow

So many questions. It’s not easy to know the “right” way to be a good Christian. Richardson invites us into the mystery as we try to discern how to be the best that we are called to be. Join us Wednesday, January 4 at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Room,...

What brings you joy?

In today’s reading we are invited to reflect on our past year. We don’t often take time for that as we are swept along on life’s magic carpet. Richardson asks good questions like what makes you happy? What accomplishments are you most proud of?...

Guest Post by Joanne Moore

The bell concert and the evening with my fellow Advent journey-ers certainly ended last week on a high note. It did seem that the world was at peace, even in harmony. Then I watched the news, and today’s reading was just what I needed to get through emotions....

Think less, love more

Richardson is so honest in today’s reading, her words sounding very familiar. “I focus on what’s wrong rather than what’s right and become critical and unforgiving.” Yikers! It’s so true for many of us.  And the shorter the number...

Be not afraid…

“God’s great love for the world is manifest in God’s gift of Jesus to us. Into a world filled with fear, uncertainty, and discord, God sends hope, saying, “I am with you,” writes Richardson. What a comfort to know we are not alone. The...

Epiphany Pot Luck Supper

Have you enjoyed reading The Uncluttered Heart?  Join us for an: Epiphany Pot Luck Supper Wednesday, January 4, 2017   /   6 p.m. Crack open your church cookbook and bring a dish to share and let’s recap some on our favorite things about The Uncluttered Heart and our...

Are you finding joy in Advent ?

It is not always easy finding joy during this Advent season. As I contemplated the work yet to be done to make this holiday  “complete,” a friend sent me this short video that made me smile, and remember what Advent is really all about. I hope it makes you...

What is Advent?

In today’s reading we are called to be fully present in our bodies as a way of tapping into God’s leading for us. Our seasonal busyness sometimes keeps us from honoring that need to be present and fully experience God within us. Perhaps the gift we give...

Guest Post by Joanne Moore

  Today’s reading from Psalm 85 still has me trusting that God’s hand will influence peace and justice on our earth. With all the forces acting in the world to disrupt just those very visions, it is a true comfort to believe that God can and will...

A call to quiet

“I invite you to be silent with God today,” writes Richardson. What a gift…to be silent with God. How else might we hear ?  Enjoy this video, Waiting in Silence, and then… be still. Waiting in Silence...

Advent Journey Begins

Welcome to all who seek to deepen their Advent experience this year. In The Uncluttered Heart, Beth Richardson writes, “Advent is the season of the church year during which we prepare our lives – our hearts, minds, and spirits – for the coming of the Christ child....

Advent reflection books have arrived!

Pick up your copy of The Uncluttered Heart : Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas. Follow along with NCC friends and family on your own time, and visit our blog for updates, comments and further reflection on this busy season of waiting. Advent begins...