God is With us!
I. This Month in Church - Lectionary and Sermons
Bible Readings (Lectionary), Sermon
Notes, etc. for each Sunday and special feasts
1. week 1 (December 2)
- Mary Visits Elizabeth
2. week 2 (December 9)
- Birth of John The Baptist
3. week 3 (December 16)
- Revelation to Joseph
4. week 4 (December 23)
- Sunday Before Christmas (Genealogy Sunday)
5. Christmas (December 25)
6. Murder of Innocents (December 27)
7. week 5 (December 30):
1st Sunday After Christmas
II. Luke's Advent And Nativity by Bill Randles
Luke Nativity Pt 1 - The First Glimmer of Light
It had been four hundred long years since there had been a Word from God given
to Israel. The congregation had the Torah, the Prophets and the Law, but God had
not spoken to them through any prophet for four hundred years. ...
Luke's Nativity pt 2 - The Forerunner
In the midst of His holy ministrations, the aged priest realized he wasn't alone
in the Holy place for an Angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the
right side of the Altar...
Luke's Nativity pt 3: Zechariah's Unbelief
Zechariah's unbelief struck at the very heart of the gospel, so the Angel struck
the Priest dumb! ...
Luke's Nativity pt 4 - An Angel and a Woman
In the most beautiful way possible, the little virgin of Nazareth said Yes
to God…Be it unto me according to thy Word! ...
Luke's Nativity pt 5 - Confirmation and Prophecy
As soon as Mary entered the house of Zechariah and Elizabeth, the babe in
Elizabeth's womb, kept for joy, and the Spirit of the LORD came upon Mary,
flowing out through the gift of Prophecy...
Luke's Nativity pt 6 - The Birth of the Forerunner
Elizabeth, who had been considered barren, like her forbearer Sarai, brought
forth a miracle baby. Her family and friends rejoiced with her, likewise her
silent husband, and the Lord was glorified for shewing mercy to the pious couple
in their old age. ...
Luke's Nativity pt. 7: Messiah Came into History
The "seed of the woman", the Messiah Saviour promised from the very beginning in
Genesis chapter three, came into the world at a time appointed by God himself,
the ‘fulness of time'. ...
Luke's Nativity pt. 8: The Sign of the Inn, the Cave, and of The Swaddling Clothes
That the Inn couldn't receive Jesus, but a filthy stable did, became a sign of
the human reaction to the Saviour. ...
Luke's Nativity pt 9- The First Coming Is like The Second
The events of the first Christmas are history indeed, but they are prophecy as
well, and we are all in the story somewhere. Ready or not, Jesus is coming
Luke's Nativity pt 10: On Singing Christmas
How fitting, that not to the powerful, but to the lowly, and not into a palace
or temple, but into a lowly, filthy barn, basically a cave, did the "High and
Lofty God", from of Old, choose to condescend unto us, in order to save us.
Luke's Nativity pt. 11: Jesus' First Blood-shedding
This child, of course, was not born in sin.
Therefore his first blood-shedding points to His last. "HE who knew no sin was
made to be sin for us, that we might be the Righteousness of God in Christ"(2
Luke's Nativity pt 12: The Sign of Contradiction
Simeon recognized by the Spirit of God that the newly redeemed babe, wrapped in
swaddling clothes was the Messiah he, and Israel had been waiting for. ...
III. Christmas Supplement
Christmas in Four Words
Can you really put Christmas in four words? Yes, you can.
The Ox, the Ass, and Us
When we place the ox and ass beside the crib, we must remember the whole
passage in Isaiah, which is not only good news, but also a judgment..
God's Reminder to Us this Christmas Season: Do Not Fear
Four times in the Christmas story, angels appeared at appointed times to give a
message to key individuals who were a part of Jesus' life and birth. And every
time, those to whom they appeared were greatly "troubled," "afraid," or even
"gripped with fear." And every time the angels said these powerful words, "Do
not be afraid..."
Christmas Prayers for the Merry … And Not-So-Merry
Lord, we ask You to grant us peace. Peace in our homes, peace in our
churches and peace in our hearts, especially when it feels like the world
all around us spins out of control. ...
A Knock at Midnight - A Homily for Christmas Mass
In this reflection, perhaps we can consider just a
single line in the Gospel, one that both challenges our love and acts as a
sign of God's humble and abiding love for us: For there was no room for them
in the inn. ...
Christmas, The Fruit of The Word
Preceding Christmas by an infinite distance is the most profound event, the
foundational mystery of the Christian faith, the a priori Incarnation of the
Son of God. ...
Messiahs False and True
We need something we cannot give ourselves. We need true healing; we need
forgiveness; we need a new identity; we need new life. All this brings us to the
coming of the Messiah, as described so poetically in the Gospel of Luke...
The Unlikely Women of Christmas
God shows us through these women's lives that there is no place we can go
that is so far away from His presence that He cannot forgive us, redeem us,
and then use us for His glory. His arm is not too short to save us from the
deepest pit imaginable. ...
Rolled Away - Rolling Away Our Burdens
As Christmas approaches, I'm drawn to the story of another mother who watched
her child suffer. Mary gave birth to a son in a barn. When the angel first told
Mary she was carrying the Messiah, it seemed like a dream. Until one day, there
He was, resting in her arms. ...
What Christmas Is About
Christmas is about a gift, but not the gifts under the tree! ...
How to Have a Happy Christmas
If we are to receive God's gift of new life, we must receive it
humbly -admitting to God our failure, and being truly grateful for his love. ...
Hymn on the Nativity by St. Ephreim
Glory to Him Who could never be measured by us! Our heart is too small for
Him, yea our mind is too feeble. ...
The Value of Silence Before the Great Mystery of the Incarnation
As the mysteries of the incarnation unfold for us liturgically, Let all
mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand, Christ our God
to earth descendeth, bearing blessings in his hand...
IV. General Monthly Features
Recipes for Christmas and Holidays
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The Gift for the Person Who Has Everything
Look for ways today to give ordinary kindness, and you'll find there's nothing
ordinary about it. ...
The House of Christmas
Jesus' earthly address changes our own. Christ comes this Christmas, and shows
us what it means to live. ...
Inviting a Guest for Christmas
Bring Joy To Someone In Need by Including That Person In your Christmas
Don't Wait until Next Year
This holiday season and Christmas week, take pause
to open up, celebrate and rejoice in the amazing gifts of your life. ...
It's no coincidence that we started this week's look at generosity with a story
about a little boy. Children are often our best teachers. ...
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