There is the story of a father home with his children. Mother had gone out shopping for Christmas. The father was home alone with the kids. He fell asleep in the recliner watching a football game while the kids played quietly in the other room.
The kids came to wake up Dad saying. “Dad, we have a play for you. Do you wanna see it?” He really wanted to continue his nap, but knew he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see what his kids had prepared. Pulling his eyes open and sitting up in his chair, he became the one-man audience.
His four children, 4, 6, 8, and 10 were all actors playing the roles of Mary, Joseph, an angel and a wise woman. Joseph had a mop handle as a staff. Mary had a pillow stuffed under her shirt to look like she was carrying a baby. Another child flapped her arms like wings. The last child was wearing all the jewelry she could find in the house. Her arms were full with 3 presents. The wise woman said, “I am all three wise men. I bring the baby three precious gifts: gold, circumstance and muck.” http://day1.org/3361-call_and_response#_ftn1#_ftn1 Continue reading
As I was reflecting on today’s Scripture, I kept being drawn back to the Advent Bible study lesson from this week. We looked at the news headlines for the week. Some of them included: California shooter tied to terrorist, US Army changing dog tags, North Korea claims it has an H-bomb, Media unloads on Trump, Scalia’s comments racist, Pearl Harbor Day ceremonies to remember attack, Remembering John Lennon 35 years later, plus protests in Chicago. It was hard to find good news among the darkness. I did find the birth announcement for Kimye’s new baby boy.
The news is full of stories of people and places that need reconciliation. They need light in the darkness. That is what we’re waiting for in Advent. We’re waiting for the Light to overcome the darkness. That’s the difficulty about Scripture readings in Advent. We read about the Light having come in the Christ child. We talk of salvation having already come. Yet, we see so much darkness in our world. Continue reading
Our service opened with the hymn “All Creatures of our God and King.” I chose it weeks ago when I began planning worship and never thought it’d be mentioned in my sermon for today. It just seemed like an appropriate hymn for a day we celebrate God’s creation and reading Psalm 148.
All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and let us sing
Oh, praise Him
Thou burning sun with golden beam
Thou silver moon with softer gleam
Thou rushing wind that art so strong
Thou rising moon in praise rejoice
Thou flowing water, pure and clear
Thou fire so masterful and bright