Christmas Season Sermons (2010-11)

Date: January 2, 2011 Liturgical Day: The Second Sunday of Christmas New Year; New Beginnings

the word became flesh God grants us another chance habits for new life

Summary: The first chapter of John speaks of the new beginnings God makes in history, and in our lives. How will God make new things happen for us this year? Perhaps a renewed commitment to practicing habits of discipleship in our lives might help.

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Date: December 26, 2010 Liturgical Day: The First Sunday of Christmas The Hope of Christmas

Joseph and Mary living in danger and fear their trust is in God

Summary: In the portion of the Christmas story that few people hear or know, the baby Jesus and his family flee for their lives from King Herod, and become political refugees in Egypt.

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Date: December 25, 2010 Liturgical Day: Christmas Day Immanent and Transcendent

in the beginning of the world, of the Gospel God: Immanuel

Summary: God is both far above and beyond our word, and intimately involved with our world.  The Christ Mass is the festival that seeks to hold these two concepts together.

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Date: December 24, 2010 Liturgical Day: Christmas Eve The Surprising Birth of God Among Us

shepherds in the fields an angel bears glad tidings a child has been born

Summary: There are many Christmas traditions that we look forward to each year, and we anticipate them with full hearts. But Christmas is also a time of surprises, and we hope that God surprises you in some of the ways that Christ is born anew in your life.

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Date: December 22, 2010 Liturgical Day: Wednesday before Christmas Eve A Great Light

Isaiah’s promise in a land of deep darkness a child has been born

Summary: The image of light shining in the darkness was a word of hope  for the people of Isaiah's day. God (not Egypt or Assyria or Babylon) would be their comfort and joy. As we begin the Christmas season, the same is true for us: as the Christ is born into our lives, we too receive tidings of comfort and joy.

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