Sermon: Against All Odds

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Against All Odds”

(Christmas Eve, December 24, 2012) Jesus is born as the son of poor, unwed parents, as a Jewish man in the Roman Empire. Ours is a God accustomed to hope and love that transcend the odds stacked against us. May Christ be light to you in life’s dark places this Christmas, and always. (Luke 2:1-20)

This sermon draws source material, information, and quotations from a 2004 Christmas Eve sermon by Dean Scotty McLennan (available as a pdf here), and a blog post, “God Can’t Be Kept Out,” by Rachel Held Evans (found here).

Sermon: Leaping for Joy

joy jump“Leaping for Joy”

(December 23, 2012) In the midst of stories that are almost entirely about men, two women, Mary and Elizabeth, share in the rare joy of hope and new life in the midst of the world’s hopeless places. When has your joy been overflowing? When has your well run dry? (Luke 1:39-45)

The music for reflection this week is “We Found Love in a Hopeless Place,” by Rihanna. A lyrics-only version of the video (not the official video) is available here.

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