Er we dispose of Christmas too soon, Pastor Larry’s sermon takes the congregation on a more interesting aspect of the Christmas story: the anticipation and exaltation of Simeon and Anna. What a lesson for all of us!
Pastor Jim walked us through four verses of the well knows Christmas carol, Once in Royal David’s City and how Biblical is actually is.
St Luke wrote his gospel to give Theophilus “certainty about what he had been taught”. In support of that purpose Luke inserts several events which involve the angel Gabriel and his message to Zechariah and Mary. Pastor Larry builds on these events and also ties in other events where Gabriel speaks. And these all should help give us certainty about our faith Christ, whose coming we celebrate this month.
Now just how much “good” needs to happen to you for you to recognize AND do something to express your thankfulness? In today’s sermon Pastor Mike focused on the one unlikely person who recognized just what an amazing event had happened, and who expressed this gratefulness to the Man who caused it.
It is one week after Easter. But in Pastor Mike’s sermon, he recounts the story of two Jesus followers on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus that first Easter Sunday. We don’t know for sure, but even these who had walked with Jesus failed to recognize him as he joined their Journey. But when he did reveal himself to them, they were lit up and unstoppable.
What is your Emmaus journey like?
What do you do when you are really looking forward to something, or some event that you don’t want to miss? You plan, prepare and get ready for it! That is Jesus is reminding or calling his disciples to do. Pastor Jeff’s message is worth listening to.
It certainly is interesting that God elected to announce the coming of the Savior of the world to shepherds. Back in the day, shepherds were pretty low on the social scale, if not right at the bottom. And true to form, when the ‘messenger’ comes, they almost die with fear. Yet the work God sends them is the same as he has sent to humans over the millenium: Fear not! When God injects himself into history it usually is because He is about to do something amazing, something wonderful for the human race.
So, who is my neighbor? And how might I love that neighbor? These are questions asked 2000 years ago by a Jewish lawyer, but we ask the very same question(s) if we would be honest. Pastor Alan offers some very helpful, practical advice on just how this might be done.