Advent Devotion: Christmas Eve

“While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6-7 A couple years ago, a friend of mine[…]

Fourth Week of Advent: Joy

It’s no secret that this year has been difficult. We’ve all had times when all we want to do is sit in our rooms all by ourselves because so much is wrong in the world. Many tears have been shed, and that’s okay. We could all use a little joy this Christmas season, and in[…]

Third Week of Advent: Love

Romans 12: 9-21 (“Love in Action”) offers a clear framework on biblical and godly love. The first two verses read, “9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Everyone is aware of the principle calling us to love[…]

Second Week of Advent: Peace

“15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God[…]

Why I Give As A Young Alumni

A year and a half ago, I was celebrating the beginning of Advent in the UKirk basement in the traditional manner – ugly sweaters, smores on the fire, and endless Christmas cookies. Now, eighteen months later, I find myself in almost an entirely different life, working overtime in healthcare and managing grad school in the[…]

First Week of Advent: Hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 Hope. I’m not sure about you but the word hope and I have had quite the complicated relationship this year. I find myself talking and[…]

UKirk and the wider Church

As the Presbyterian Church closest to the UTK campus, we at 2nd Presbyterian Church often have the chance to welcome college students into the worship and fellowship life of our community of faith. (At least, we did before Covid!) There are usually two kinds of college students that we see – those who want to just[…]

“In the Garden”

One of my all time favorite hymns is “In the Garden,” and I often find myself humming the tune as I work in the UGrow garden at UKirk. The song opens with the line “I come to the garden alone,” and as I hummed that verse while gardening last week I couldn’t help but laugh.[…]