Sunday, December 28, 2014

A New Hope

Luke 2:21-38 Simeon & Anna

 We will explore what the new year holds
for us as we reflect on the story of Jesus
being presented in the temple.


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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Announcement of Love

Luke 1:26-45 Announcement of Jesus Birth
Luke 1:46-56 Mary's Song of Praise


We are reminded that nothing is impossible with God. Mary's story takes us through a series of emotional responses that many people go through when God calls on them to play their part in God's mission. Mary is perplexed, afraid, thoughtful, honored by this announcement. In these scriptures Mary questions her vocation, then she accepts and believes, and then she responds with the words "Here am I, the servant of the Lord." Like most of us when God nudges us, calls us, leads us, drags us, Mary is stunned and struggles to understand how this could be? Why me? God's announcement of the birth of Jesus - love incarnate moves each and every one of us. Let us respond to this announcement of love with an open and ready heart. view

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Spirit of Joy

Joel 2:12-13, 28-19 Return to God
Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord
Luke 11:13  God's gift of the Spirit to the people

Kids' Church Christmas Pageant
The children will share with us God's call to return to God. As we prepare for Jesus' birth, we need to respond to the messages from the angels of rendering our hearts to God, putting God first. We will rejoice and delight in the sounds and wisdom of the children and youth in our midst. We will open our hearts, our ears and our minds to where the Spirit is inviting us to spread the message of generosity and love for all of creation.

This was a whole family worship and very dramatic, so there was no formal sermon.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Liberty to the Captives

Isaiah 61:1-11 Everlasting covenant

Luke 4:16-21 Rejection at Nazareth

Our own captivity is hard to recognize, and hard to admit. As it was for those in Jesus' home town, Nazareth who wanted to get rid of him when he suggested that Isaiah's words were pertinent right there and then. It is a spiritual form of captivity, so the needed liberation is necessarily a spiritual process. And, like our society today, there is a kind of captivity that persists as long as life is purged of the spiritual. In what ways do you lament our captivity and long to be free?

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