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December 2018

“What is Our Job at Advent?”/Rev. Rodger Allen Luke 3: 2-3, 7-17; Zeph. 3:14-20/12.9.18

By |December 11th, 2018|Advent-Christmas, Sermons|

            Today we begin by taking a look at two famous figures of the Christmas season, two people we hear about every year at this time. The first . . . is Santa Claus – yes, in a church service! Santa Claus is a happy man, “jolly Old Saint Nicholas,” who dresses in a bright cheery colorful suit, all red and white. Santa doesn’t turn away from a fine meal or favorite goodies, apparently; he’s also been described as “plump,” and many people have to use a carefully-placed pillow or two to dress up like him. In fact, he sort of represents the good foods we all indulge in at Christmas time – the candy canes and Christmas cookies and egg nog and, according to one song, “figgy pudding,” whatever that is. At this time of year, we share in Santa’s fondness for goodies. […]

“A Steady Light Shining in the Dark”/12/2/18/Scripture: John 1:1-10; Luke 2:25-32/by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |December 5th, 2018|Sermons|

          I can’t tell you how many people I hear every week talk about how awful and dark the world is now.  Focusing on that too much is not good for one’s mental health.  The world has always been a dark place.  Nature can be cruel.  Accidents happen.  Loved ones become ill.  Human beings sin.  That is our reality with the cycle of life and death.  Still, hope is so important to hold onto as a Christian people, as is bringing that hope to as many others as we can.  Yet, the fact of the matter is that we do hear much bad news, sometimes daily.  We may feel bombarded by it.  With technology the way it is, at times we know of something minutes after it happens anywhere in the world.  We definitely can feel weighed down by it all. […]

January 2018

Holiday Guests 1-7-18 Matt. 2: 1-12; Isaiah 60: 1-4, 66 Rev. Rodger Allen

By |January 15th, 2018|Sermons|

  When we look at the different people who came to see baby Jesus, in the birth stories, we can figure out, to some extent, why the particular people who were invited to be there were there. Joseph, for example, was descended from the line of King David, and the prophets had always said that the Messiah would come from the line of King David; Joseph provides that connection. We looked at the character of Mary in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and we could see what in her character led God to call her to serve as Jesus’ mother; we could see why she was picked. […]

December 2017

Reflections About Advent and Christmas Carols 12/24/17 morning service of music/reflection Scripture: Colossians 3:12-17, Psalms 150:1-5 and Ps 96 (selected verses) by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |December 27th, 2017|Sermons|

  Note: For the final Sunday in Advent, instead of a preaching a traditional sermon, Rev. Laurie led the congregation in several Christmas carols, then shared the fascinating stories behind each You will enjoy discovering the history in these beloved carols. […]

“Christ in Christmas Is a Supplement” 12/10/17 Scripture: Mt 1:18-25; Isa 7:10-16 by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |December 11th, 2017|Sermons|

            In last week’s meditation, I mentioned that this special holiday season is very difficult for some people.  The following story is excerpted from a true story a blog writer tells, of a story he heard a priest preach one Advent concerning the priest’s Christmas experience several decades ago.  It highlights this difficulty, ending with an important lesson for us.  It is called, “A Joyous Christmas.” […]