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.  […]

December 2015

“When We’re Stumped” Sermon from 12-13-15/ Rodger Allen/ Isaiah 11:1-10 & Isaiah 2: 1-5

By |December 17th, 2015|Advent-Christmas, Sermons|

“When We’re Stumped” 12-13-15 Rodger Allen Isaiah 11:1-10 & Isaiah 2: 1-5 The country of Assyria loomed like a dark shadow threatening Israel for many years, years during which several books of the Old Testament were written. So as we read books like Amos and Hosea and Isaiah, we do so knowing that lurking in the background is this monster Assyria. It was a large nation, and a powerful one, and one bent on expansion and domination. It had a mighty army, and a desire to conquer more and more territory and enslave the inhabitants. And it was a cruel nation, intimidating those whom it conquered through threat and torture and death. […]