Let Your Face Shine [On Us]

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture Readings: Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14, (15-20) In Isaiah we hear of the arrival of God’s saving action in the world. It is of a light coming to those who have been in darkness. There is great rejoicing from a people that have been multiplied. There are two similes used. One that…

STARTLING, UNEXPECTED, STRANGE

Luke 1:26-38; Luke 1:46b-55 Jennifer Hosler The fourth Sunday in Advent Last year at this time, our nephew was acting in a stage production of It’s a Wonderful Life. The theatre version was not a typical re-enactment – but was re-framed as a live, 1940s radio production, complete with sound effects created by Foley artists….

JOY

Psalm 126   Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11   1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Jeff Davidson The third Sunday in Advent Happy Gaudete Sunday! What, you didn’t know this was Gaudete Sunday? Nobody told you? You may even ask, “What is Gaudete Sunday anyway?” Gaudete Sunday is the third Sunday in Advent. The word “Gaudete” is from the Latin word for…

ARE WE THERE YET?

Matthew 1:18-25 & Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 Micah Bales It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas. As an American, I have a stereotyped vision of what Christmas ought to look like. It’s a cold, dark, wintry time. We’re bundled up, rushing from our warm houses to gathering places like this one, and back to our…

PREPARE THE WAY

Matthew 3:1-12 Jeff Davidson Now that Thanksgiving has passed, I have let myself start listening to WASH-FM at 97.1. They are the local “all Christmas music all the time” station. They started with the Christmas music in early November, and while I look forward to the music that was too early for me. I look…

DELIVERANCE THROUGH A LITTLE ONE

Luke 2:1-20; Titus 2:11-3:8 Jenn Hosler We have two nativity scenes in our house. One is a soapstone carving from Kenya, depicting Mary and Joseph holding baby Jesus. Our other nativity scene has three ceramic figurines, baby Jesus and his parents. Nate gave this to me as a gift in 2008, before we knew that…