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Worship Script - January 24, 2021

Matthew 4 Before we dig into this passage, we have something we need to address. This passage clearly says the devil tempted Jesus three times. I know that for a lot of mainline folks, that’s the kind of thing that makes us just skip right over a passage. The way we’re accustomed to the devil being discussed is as a scapegoat for our own bad actions. We’re accustomed to excuses like “the devil made me do it” and we want nothing to do with that notion of a devil. Or we’re overly familiar with Hollywood versions of the red man with horns. We don’t want that devil either. So with the “devil” most common to us as an easy out or some

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Worship Script - January 17, 2021

Matthew 3:3-17

Often, Christians are inclined to think that baptism is our thing. Baptism is a central part of the Christian identity and it was also a part of the Jewish identity. Though with a slightly different understanding. You see, when John the baptizer (right? He’s not Baptist by denomination, he was Jewish, and he baptized people…he was a baptizer) when John was at the Jordan River offering to baptize the people, it wasn’t a novel thing. Nor was it when Jesus went to him to be. It was a normal Jewish thing to do.

Repentance and ritual cleansing were standard. It was an act of faith to acknowledge your sinfulness, turn back to the path God had set, and be washed as an outward sign of the change. To be baptized as a symbol of your cleansing…clearing the slate and starting fresh. As it is today.

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Flight of Egypt - January 10, 2021

Matthew 2:13-23a

A lot of times when we read the scriptures, we find the familiar. Especially around high holy days like Christmas and Easter….The stories we share are generally the same year after year. We find the angel with Zechariah and one with Mary, then Joseph, the journey to Bethlehem, then the angels with the shepherds, then the visit of the magi, and then the story of the flight to Egypt (maybe). Sometimes we leave that last one out. We know these stories. They are favorites and they are familiar. It’s part of what we love about the worship services in Advent and Christmas…they offer us the familiar…like a favorite family recipe…it’s the

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Christmas Epiphany - January 3, 2021

Psalm 147:12-20

Sermon Christmas Longing Catherine Lyle

This past Christmas as I finished up my final year in seminary, I was not working for a church and this holiday season felt very much like a fleeting privilege to be just at home. It was (as you all know) a pandemic and as such, I was not invited to Christmas teas. I was not invited to dinners. I was not invited to a mom's shopping trip finished off with a nice lunch in town. I was not invited to a fun family cabin rental in Leavenworth. I was not invited to help with Christmas auctions or school fundraisers. Nope, I was not invited. No one would have me because I am a Methodist, and we called this our year of Jubilee and we did our best to give the earth a rest by staying home and slowing the spread of

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Service of Lessons & Carols - December 27, 2020


FIRST LESSON: John 1
In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him, not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. Thanks be to God!

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