Advent is for Love

During each week of Advent, Restoration Church has been focusing on a specific theme. In the sermons preached and the Tom Wright devotional, Advent for Everyone, we have both heard and read about waiting, repentance and healing. This week we are looking at the theme concerning love. Love is a word that is loosely thrown around Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Christmas

This time of year can be difficult for those of us who want to live out the true meaning of what Advent and Christmas is all about. I love that Restoration is reading the book by Tom Wright, Advent for Everyone. This is a wonderful devotion and it is certainly keeping me focused on Jesus. I Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: The Season of the Nativity

When The Season of the Nativity: Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas, & Epiphany Extremist by Sybil MacBeth arrived in the mail I was thrilled, 1) because it is a fabulous book full of lovely ideas for celebrating the season and 2) because I have been called an extremist (or Advent Grinch or Captain Read the full article →

A Tale of Two Christmases

Last year I had a passing conversation with one of my neighbors on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. She said, “Well, we’ve got to go do Christmas so I can take the tree down.” I continued on my way to prepare for Restoration’s Christmas Eve service later that evening but I was truly puzzled by Read the full article →

Christmas is 12 Days

We are happy to say that it is still Christmas at Restoration! Merry Christmas! On the Church Calendar Christmas lasts from December 25 through January 5—or the twelve days of Christmas. But this isn’t just a quaint bit of history that we remember as we pack away the tree and ornaments. It is an invitation Read the full article →

Lessons & Carols

One of the traditions at Restoration is celebrating Lessons and Carols on the first Sunday after Christmas. This past Sunday, December 27th was that day and it was a wonderful service. Lessons and Carols is the story of God’s plan for the salvation of humanity as revealed in Scripture and Christmas Carols. That story begins Read the full article →

The Last Purple Candle

Last year, we bought our first ever advent wreath, complete with candles.  At dinner, we light the candles, say a prayer and spend a minute talking about Jesus’ birthday. My little boys aren’t quite ready for the subtle mix of excitement and longing that’s offered in this season.  I’ve been reading our daily office lectionary Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Children’s Advent & Christmas Books, Part 2

We asked several moms at Restoration which books they read to their children during the Advent and Christmas seasons. Last week we listed a few favorites to read to the young ones in your life. Here is part two as we approach Christmas. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever By Barbara Robinson, for grades 2-6, though I really think Read the full article →

Restoration Goes Caroling

Last Sunday a group of people from Restoration went caroling through the neighborhoods. Dressed in santa hats and a riding in a trailer adorned with lights the carolers sung to about ten homes in the Richardson area. We are looking forward to making this a yearly tradition at Restoration!  

Restoration Recommends: Children’s Advent & Christmas Books, Part 1

We asked several moms at Restoration which books they read to their children during the Advent and Christmas seasons. Here are a few books to consider for the young readers in your life. Check back next Friday for part two of our recommendations. A Meaningful Christmas: A 24 Day Family Devotional By Carrie Rogers and Brittney Poe, available from ameaningfulfamily.com This simple but wonderful Read the full article →

Advent Life: Slow Down Your Christmas

(This article appeared in the Restoration newsletter in a previous Advent season.) I don’t remember the exact date but it was sometime in early November when the Halloween candy was still on clearance—that was the day I noticed the Christmas music playing as I waited in the check-out line at the grocery store. I was Read the full article →