Let Us Go and See (Luke 2:1-20)

The Christmas narrative from Luke chapter 2 is familiar to anyone who has ever seen the TV special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas."  And it is, as Linus says, what Christmas is all about.  But what does Luke's narrative of the birth of our Savior really tell us, about us and our relationship with God?  This isn't just a story we tell once a year, but it is an historical account of an event that happened to actual people in a particular place.  This Christmas Eve our prayer is to find some deeper meaning in the words that we have read so many times before.

Portions recorded at Ebenezer UMC and Hudson UMC on December 24, 2015.


Mary’s Song (Luke 1:39-45)

We come to the fourth sunday in Advent and we take a deeper look at Mary's song of praise, known as The Magnificat, named for the word in Latin that means "magnify."  When we look at God through the lens of modern society in America, often it is as if we have the telescope turned around the wrong way.  But when God touches us, as he did to Mary, very often the eternal part of us sees God just as he is - all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere and always with us.  God's love also seems even bigger when our soul magnifies him in our eyes.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on December 20, 2015


What Should We Do? (Luke 3:7-18)

The third Sunday of Advent is about Joy.  Today's gospel from the Lectionary might seem to be one that is not very joyful.  John's sermon in the wilderness by the Jordan starts with the words "You brood of vipers!"  Not exactly very joyful words.  Yet as we will see in this week's lesson, sometimes the good news seems so much better in light of the bad news.  And we also find that the bad news often compels us to cry out, "What, then, should we do?"

Recorded at Hudson UMC on December 13, 2015


Are We Ready? (Luke 3:1-6)

On this second Sunday in Advent, we come to the person of John the Baptist, who is preaching a baptism of repentance.  His coming was foretold by the prophet Isaiah and those prophetic words were repeated in all four gospels.  He is the voice crying out in the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord.  In today's message, we see how John's words echo across the centuries to today, and how we can apply them in our lives.  So the question for us today is not whether Christ will come again, but rather, are we preparing the way for his coming?

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on December 6, 2015


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