Sermons from December 2021

Sermons from December 2021

Rejoice: Christmas Eve

December 24 2021REJOICE: Christmas EveJohn 1: 1-5; LUKE 2: 1-20Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE One: Come, siblings and strangers, friends and foes, seekers and skeptics. We are all welcomed into God’s reign, for tonight we celebrate the birth of our Messiah, the Lord.All: Rejoice in the Lord always; again we will say, rejoice!One: Now, at last, on Christmas Eve, we light our Christ Candle. This candle is the center of our celebration, just as Christ has a…

Storytime: The Shine Man

Sunday December 26 2021The Shine Man: A CHristmas Story*JOHN 1:1-14 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Scripture 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light…

Rejoice: Week Four

Sunday December 19 2021Fourth Sunday of AdventRejoice: Bursting with God NewsLUKE 2:8-18 NRSVRev mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Scripture 8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for…

Rejoice: Week Three

Sunday December 12 2021Third Sunday of AdventReJoice: Week ThreeZechariah 9:9 NRSVHandel’s MessiahRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE (JOY) One: Come, siblings and strangers, friends and foes, seekers and skeptics. We are all welcomed into God’s joy.All: Rejoice in the Lord always; again we will say, rejoice!One: For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon hisshoulders. We light this candle as a sign of our joy in our Savior.All: Christ our…

Rejoice: Week Two

December 5 2021REJOICE: WEEK TWOSECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENTLUKE 1: 39-45REV MARY BETH HARDESTY-CROUCH Lighting of the advent candle (Peace) 8:40amCome, siblings and strangers, friends and foes, seekers and skeptics. We are all welcomed into God’s peace. Along our way, we learn and grow, we make mistakes and make amends, we weep and rejoice. We light this candle to remember that God brings peace into our lives and our world. 11:00amCome, siblings and strangers, friends and foes, seekers and skeptics.We are…