Tagged with Christmas

Christmas Sermon on Joy

Christmas Sermon on Joy

This is not a spectacular sermon. There was no time for spectacular this Christmas. ** Have you ever noticed how much JOY there is in the Christmas story? It starts with the angel who visits Zechariah and Elizabeth, foretelling the birth of John the Baptist: “he will be a joy to you” the angel prophesizes. … Continue reading

Prayers for Christmas

Prayers for Christmas

Opening Prayer (adapted from The World News this Week in Prayer) Incarnate God! God who has come to be with God’s people! We pause in this holy time… time between Christmas and New Year’s, between gift unwrapping and cleaning up, between longing and rejoicing, between endings and beginnings, between dismay and joy, Between hope and … Continue reading

Sermon for Christmas Year C

Sermon for Christmas Year C

Herculean task for the first Sunday after Christmas: how to offer people an antidote to the lethal mix of maudlin sentimentality and bottomless greed that our culture calls “Christmas”? I am posting this early in case it offers a few ideas to anyone out there struggling to prepare a sermon for Sunday. It’s a terribly … Continue reading

Staying Alive until Christmas

Staying Alive until Christmas

Is this the craziest time of year, or what? Are you stressed out, too? I hear you, sister! This is also the season of egg nog, fruit cake, christmas cookies, Gluhwein, roated fowl of various kinds, no or little exercise, weight gain, long dark days, flu bugs, viruses, and general unwellness. Is this what Jesus … Continue reading