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Christmas Eve Traditional Service- December 24, 2020

Luke 2:6-14

There’s a practice of reading scripture called “Lectio Divina”. In a simple way, you read the scripture and just listen for what speaks to you—what stands out—maybe a word, or phrase, or image. Then you read it again and listen for what stands out the next time. And then again a third time. Sometimes you might have a guiding question you’re listening for, and sometimes you simply listen. This year as I read through and listened to the story of Jesus’ birth, I was continuously drawn to the angels. We hear them at each stage of the story—in the holy of holies with Zechariah, with Mary, with Joseph, with the Shepherds….but, normally we focus on the earthly

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Christmas Eve Communion Service- December 24, 2020

Luke 2: 1-40

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Focus on the intersection of incarnation and crucifixion and resurrection

Kneeling in Bethlehem ~Ann Weems

THE CROSS IN THE MANGER

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Advent Week 4 - December 20, 2020

Matthew 1: 22-23Sermon Catherine Lyle
(seminary student and candidate for ordained ministry)

Greetings everyone. I am honored to be with you all again as we are so very close to Christmas. Christmas comes whether we are ready or not and that reality will probably always be a fact - even if we are not in a Pandemic. This year many wait on gifts to come in the mail. Many wait on the status of their jobs and livelihood. Many children wait to return to school or have big birthday parties again. Many college students wait to return to campus. We wait for Executive branch changes that will affect our lives and shape our discussions. Many medical personnel is waiting for a time they can leave their place of work to heal and find joy again. And this year many vulnerable people wait on a vaccine that could save their life and help them to safely hug their ones again. We are pretty much sick of waiting. As the counselors, today describe these phenomena as “Covid fatigue” none of us need an expert to describe this mental season. We are tired, we are restless, we have broken hearts, and we are not ready for Christmas. Let us be honest, we may be looking forward to a home decorated with family heirlooms from special memories, we

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Advent Week 3 - December 13, 2020

Luke 1:26-38

Christmas is NOT the same this year. And really, it should never be. And honestly, it NEVER is. Even with the same people gathered in the same house, serving the same food--it’s never actually the same. The same is an illusion. Change is a constant. In us, in our relationships, in our world. Change is everywhere and the same really doesn’t exist.

Who we were in 2019 was different than who we were in 2018. Right? Our perspective, our challenges, our motivations--all different. Some years the changes felt slight, and some moderate, but some years, the changes felt huge.

That’s the case every year.

I’m not trying to be dismissive of what’s changed this year and all we’re missing. This is a year of HUGE change and dramatic loss. I miss

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Advent Week 2- December 6, 2020

Matthew 1: 18

Stories get truncated. They get softened. They get polished. But behind a great photo or a memorable quote is a story and behind a story is a person with feelings, opinions, doubts, and character. And behind the simplicity of this story is the real story—the story of a man full of emotion, thoughts, opinions, and character. We heard the nice version, the scripture account, with the simple telling of Joseph’s story.

We don’t know all the specifics but we can imagine ourselves in those shoes. Imagine yourself engaged—excitedly awaiting the next chapter of your life—you’re getting married. That means you could have a family. You could teach a trade. You could raise your son just like your father

Read more: Advent Week 2- December 6, 2020

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