Nativity of Our Lord II: Christmas Dawn (Year B) Thursday, December 25
First Reading: Isaiah 62:6-12 God comes to restore the people Psalm: Psalm 97 Light has sprung up for the righteous. (Ps. 97:11) Second Reading: Titus 3:4-7 Saved through water and the Spirit Gospel: Luke 2:[1-7] 8-20 The birth of the Messiah revealed to shepherds Liturgical Color: White
Nativity of Our Lord III: Christmas Day (Year B) Thursday, December 25
First Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10 Heralds announce God's salvation Psalm: Psalm 98 All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. (Ps. 98:4) Second Reading: Hebrews 1:1-4 [5-12] God has spoken by a Son Gospel: John 1:1-14 The Word became flesh Liturgical Color: White
Stephen was a deacon and the first martyr of the church. He was one of those seven upon whom the apostles laid hands after they had been chosen to serve widows and others in need. Later, Stephen's preaching angered the temple authorities, and they ordered him to be put to death by stoning.
John, Apostle and Evangelist Saturday, December 27
The son of Zebedee and brother of James, John was one of the twelve disciples and witness to the transfiguration. Tradition has named him also the writer of the Gospel of John, the three New Testament letters bearing his name, as well as Revelation.
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December 24 - 7:00 pm - Candlelight & Communion Worship
getting out the WORD - the fourth sunday of advent
Written by Pastor Bob
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 09:23
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that would obstruct your mercy, that willingly we may bear your redeeming love to all the world, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" Luke 1:26-38
Today, we take the math for granted. 1/2+1/2=1. In other words, for a child to be born, something is required of both father and mother! But the people of Jesus' day would have had a problem with our "modern" math. For them, a child came into being solely through the dad! Mom contributed nothing! She was, simply, the means by which that new life entered the world. 1+0=1!
That's why Mary's confused when the angel tells her that she'll conceive and bear! There's no man! She understood what we don't, what we can't. Jesus would be born - as John puts it - "not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but uniquely and exclusively of God!"
That's the miracle of the virgin birth! Jesus is given without our help! The savior furnished without our coöperation. Right from the start, Jesus is a gift! Totally! Completely! For when god chooses to love, no one gets in the way... not, even, us!