What Child Is This? — Christmas, 2017

Adoration of the Shepherds, Honthorst 1622
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Who is Jesus? That question has been asked by song-writers and by scientists, by artists and archaeologists. What would we see if we could see the real Jesus? Pastor Luke looks at Luke 2:1–20 in “What Child Is This?

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God Has Heard – The Hope of Christmas, Part 1

ice on a window pane
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Christmas is the season of hope, but hope has gotten a bad reputation. What’s the point of hoping for something? Isn’t hope just a type of escapism? Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 1:5–20 in “God Has Heard,” the first message in a new series “The Hope of Christmas.”

Emmanuel — Christmas Eve, 2016

Visitation of the Shepherds (15c. Book of Hours)
Christmas scene
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In 2016 we had troubles at home and abroad. There was war and chaos, violence, terror – and an election that nobody expected. But every year is like that. Some are better than others, but every year comes with its share of troubles. One night two thousand years ago, shepherds were the first to hear what God was doing about it. Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 2:1–20 in “Emmanuel.”

Building a Temple — Promise Keeper, Part 3

St. Peter's Basilica (Adjusted)
Accretion Disc
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Want to know how can you have a great Christmas this year? Some people have a certain ornament or food or tradition that makes Christmas special. People have worried about the holidays since before there was a Christmas, but there’s an easy way to make sure Christmas will be special. Pastor Luke preaches from Ezra 1:1–4, 3:1–3, 10–13 in “Building a Temple,” part 3 of his 4-part series “Promise Keeper.” Continue reading “Building a Temple — Promise Keeper, Part 3”

Much Perplexed—Part 4 of “Who is Christmas For?”

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The Annunciation
Henry Ossawa Tanner

We’ve seen that Christmas is for people in all kinds of situations. But sometimes the immediate crisis keeps us from appreciating the promise of Christmas. What can we hold onto when our life has been turned upside down? Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 1:26–38 in “Much Perplexed,” the concluding message in his series “Who is Christmas For?

(Some questions for consideration are available here.)

Outsiders – Part 3 of “Who is Christmas For?”

So much of what we enjoy at Christmas is friends and family. We enjoy those relationships and being part of a group. But groups have insides and outsides, and it’s not fun to be outside. Is Christmas like that? Is it for the insiders only, or is Christmas for outsiders too? Pastor Luke preaches from Ruth 4:1–10 in “Outsiders,” part 3 of his 4-part series “Who is Christmas For?

Pastor Luke’s Questions for Consideration are available online.

The article Pastor Luke mentioned was “Your Co-Worker Could Be a Space-Alien.”

Who is Christmas For?

“Who is Christmas For?” To answer that question, We’ll look at some of the ancestors that Matthew names at the beginning of his biography of Jesus. Some of them, like Abraham or King David, you might expect — but others may come as a surprise. We’ll discover that Jesus didn’t just come FROM “people like that” but he came FOR “people like that.” And along the way, we’ll discover that we have more in common with them that you might guess: in a lot of ways, WE are “people like that.” (The series begins on November 30, 2014 and runs for 4 messages.)

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