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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.” […]

“Inconvenient Advent Faith” 12/3/17 Scripture: Isaiah 6:15, 18-19; 64:1-9; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Ps 80 by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |December 5th, 2017|Sermons|

        In 2002, Jenee Woodard wrote an Advent reflection wherein she talks about her then 10-year-old son,    Phil, who has autism.  She says, “Our family learned to slow down at Christmas a number of years ago when he was unable to tolerate *any* of the celebration. He could not handle the changing scenarios – the twinkling lights, the changes in grocery store displays, the changes in the sanctuary at church, presents appearing under the tree, the tree itself, and the moved furniture.  He would fall on the floor and scream, unable to move, afraid to open his eyes, almost constantly from Thanksgiving until well after Christmas when it was all over.         […]

December 2016

“Preparation, Patience and Perseverance” 12/11/16 Scripture: Mt 25:1-13, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-13 by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |December 12th, 2016|Advent-Christmas, Sermons|

          As you know, we have now entered the third week of Advent- already.  Time sure does fly!  I don’t know about you but I’m done with my shopping.  I haven’t wrapped anything yet but I have finished buying Christmas presents.  I do know that this can be a very hectic time in the lives of people who celebrate Christmas whether it has religious meaning for them or not.  We run around shopping, decorating, baking cookies and special meals, going to choral concerts and puppet musicals, having Christmas parties, and for some of us, preparing for arrival of family and friends.  In all that hustle and bustle the importance of the season of Advent may get lost on us.  During this season it is vital for the Christian to prepare, be patient and persevere.  […]