Sunday, December 17, 2017

Third Sunday of Advent

Worship at 8:45m and 10:00am

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” –Matthew 1:18-21

Faithful, Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph Sermon Series: “Surviving Brokenness”

The Gospel of Matthew presents the nativity story with particular attention to Joseph, Mary’s husband. We’re not that different from Joseph. True, we may not be part of a story that will be remembered for all time, but like Joseph, we encounter circumstances that we’d never choose for ourselves. At times, it can be tempting just to walk away, but Joseph provides us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don’t understand, faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides.

Rev. Dr. Kathryn Woodrow preaching

Scriptures: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Matthew 1:18-21

Pray for our world (from the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle ): China, Hong Kong, Macau

 

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