Dec 25 2014

Seedbed: Free 12 Days of Christmas Sermons Ebook

Download the FREE ebook 12 Days of Christmas Sermons and read along here. – We humans are quite fixated with time. Sitting here at my desk, for example, […]

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Dec 25 2014

connexions: Hymn of the day

Merry Christmas!
Away with our fears!
The Godhead appears
In Christ reconciled,
The Father of Mercies in Jesus the Child.
He comes from above,
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Dec 25 2014

Beguine Again: Christmas Reflections On Skepticism … And a Confession

I touched the trailing hem of the emotional garment Moses must have worn when he stood atop Mount Pisgah and gazed into the Promised Land – knowing he could never enter.

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Dec 25 2014

Thoughts of a Naked Alien: Stages of Christmas Gift Getting.

Naked thoughts on Luke 2:22-40 – outline for my 12/28 sermon.

 

 
As we grow, our reactions to Christmas gifts evolve:

When we are very young, we are more entranced by the shiny paper and the bow, and play with (or in) the box more than the toy inside. Many Christians are like this in their faith – they are attracted by the trappings of faith more than the gift of Christ.

As we grow older, we can throw a fit when we do not get the exact gift that we had asked for. What is it that I want rather than the gift of Christ?

Later, we learn that even if we get what we want, it does not live up to our expectations. Being Christian is not always safe and predictable.

Then like Harry Potter’s cousin Dudley, we start counting – we “need” more each year to achieve fulfillment. How do I measure God’s love for me?

Eventually, as we become wiser, we attain a level of gratitude for our gifts. In our reading, Simeon recognized the preciousness of the gift and expressed his gratitude.

And then there is the Prophet Anna. She took the gift, and turned around and gave it to others.

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Dec 25 2014

Mitchell Lewis: The Messiah is Born

Proclamation of the Birth of Christ Today, the twenty-fifth day of December, unknown ages from the time when God created the heavens and the earth and then formed man and woman in his own image. Several thousand years after the flood, when God made the rainbow shine forth as a sign of the covenant. Twenty-one centuries from the … Continue reading The Messiah is Born

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Dec 24 2014

Mitchell Lewis: A Gospel Procession on Christmas Eve

One liturgical practice little practiced by United Methodists is the gospel procession. On Christmas Eve, however, it fits perfectly. After the epistle is read, a gospel acclamation is sung. During the acclamation, the Book of the Gospels is brought from the chancel down the center aisle to a spot in the middle of the congregation. … Continue reading A Gospel Procession on Christmas Eve

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