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January 2019

“More Holidays?!?”/Rev. Rodger Allen/1-6-19/Matthew 2: 1-5, 9-11; Matthew 3:1-6, 13-17

By |January 7th, 2019|Sermons|

            Well, it’s been quite a month of celebrations, hasn’t it? We’ve had all the festivities leading up to Christmas: Advent, decorating, shopping for Christmas presents, wrapping all those presents; an Advent choral service, a puppet Christmas musical, our party in the Assembly Room, caroling, a variety of mission and giving projects. We went to malls, and rehearsals, and grocery stores, to get ready. Maybe you went to “Holiday in the Park” at Twin Lakes to see the displays, to help you get in the “Christmas Spirit” – did you see those wonderful red doors and stained glass windows right near the entrance? Or maybe you drove around to find houses with elaborate Christmas displays – or maybe put an elaborate display on your own house! […]

December 2018

“Whom Do You Magnify?” 12/16/18/3rd Sunday of Advent/Scripture: Ps. 99:1-5; Lk. 1:46-55/by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |December 17th, 2018|Advent-Christmas, Sermons|

          Mary’s Song, also known as The Magnificat, could probably stand alone, it is so powerful.  The Magnificat magnifies the Lord in abundant thanksgiving.  Important meaning to lives of faith is embedded throughout.  We, who all have enough to live on adequately or well beyond, may get a little nervous over this song’s focus on the poor and downtrodden.  Mary sang this song after she went to visit her relative, Elizabeth, after the angel Gabriel came to her giving her the news that she would be impregnated with a son who would become the Messiah.  Elizabeth recognized that Mary’s baby would be a very special baby.  She became quite emotional as she cries out to Mary, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.  And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?  For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy.  And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” […]

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.         […]