First Sunday of Christmas- Year A
Each year, on this Sunday, the first Sunday of Christmas, the texts for the day are chosen from the stories of Jesus’ childhood that we have recorded in the Bible. There aren’t many. We only have a handful of stories before Jesus begins his ministry as an adult. One year we read the story of Anna and Simeon in the temple bringing their blessings to the tiny messiah and those beautiful words, “Now Lord, you let your servant go in peace”. One year we read the story of Jesus reading in the temple while his parents search for him frantically.
And this year, we read Matthew’s version of Jesus’ childhood. This story is called by two names “The Flight into Egypt” and “The Massacre of the Innocents”. The two names reflect the two parallel events- two distinct sides of the story. One side is the safety for the holy family as they flee into refuge in Egypt. The other side is the true and horrid fact that many families did not have the same opportunity to escape the wrath of Herod. Wrath that was caused by hearing that a new king- albeit a very different kind of king, an infant Messiah- was on the scene in Israel.
So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. Luke 2: 16-18
I think sometimes we like to picture Christmas as a moment frozen in time. Like our beautiful carved nativity scene that never changes, we imagine the Christmas night to be a perfect, unmoving scene. Jesus as a tiny baby, nestled in the swaddling clothes, tucked into the manger bed, no crying he makes. Mary looks on serenely, Joseph hums a lullaby, all the shepherds bring their praise with their heads quietly bowed. Still. Peaceful. Calm.
Do you know what I mean? Let me give a few examples of “frozen Christmas moments”
We had a full house at Jane Griffith’s for our Christmas L.A.F.F. Luncheon on Wednesday December 19th. We enjoyed a feast of good food, sang Christmas songs and played Christmas Bingo. Everyone was a winner that day.
On Sunday December 16th, St. Luke’s children gave their performance of “It wouldn’t be Christmas without…” Following their show and the worship service we all gathered around for hot cocoa, cookies and good fellowship.
A merry group of St Luke Carolers headed out to bring cheer to the Amerisist house and to the house of one of our members. Estelle accompanied the wonderful singing on the dobro and Mary Frances kept us on-key on piano. We wish you a Merry Christmas!
Spiritual Care Support Ministries Invites the Community to Celebrate Christmas with SCSM and a Tree-Lighting Ceremony
Bishop Mark Hanson has shared an uplifting and encouraging Christmas message with Lutheran congregations all over the country.
We are a church that believes Jesus is God’s “Yes” to us. Our lives can be a “Yes” to others. Click below to view the video on the ELCA website.
This Wednesday, December 7th at 12:00 noon in the Fellowship Hall
Everyone’s invited and are welcome to bring a friend.
Those who wish may bring a dish to share.
We will trim our fellowship tree, play bingo and sing a few Christmas Carols.
Gina G., Fellowship Committee Chair