Christmas Day (Day 12) Advent Focus: “ALL THE PEOPLE”

December 25, 2015Pastor's Blog

JESUS IS FOR . . . ALL PEOPLE “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”  (Lk 2:10-11) The Christmas story literally shouts, “There is good news for every type of person in Jesus!”  The angel declares that Jesus, the Savior, is good news for all people.  You and I don’t think like that. We … Read More

Christmas Eve (Day 11) Advent Focus: THE SHEPHERDS

December 24, 2015Pastor's Blog

JESUS IS FOR . . . THE LEAST OF THESE “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy…” (Lk 2:8-10) In the days of Jesus’ birth shepherds were poor and considered unclean. They weren’t allowed into holy places or anywhere the rich … Read More

[W] Day 10 Advent Focus: THE STAR

December 23, 2015Pastor's Blog

JESUS IS FOR . . . THE WHOLE WORLD “After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. (Mt 2:9-11) The star of the Christmas story reminds us that Jesus is for the whole world.  The Father … Read More

[Tu] Day 9 Advent Focus: BETHLEHEM

December 22, 2015Pastor's Blog

JESUS IS FOR . . . THE WEARY “When King Herod had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.  “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’”  (Mt 2:4-6) The Christmas story reminds us … Read More

[M] Day 8 Advent Focus: THE WISE MEN

December 21, 2015Pastor's Blog

JESUS IS FOR . . . THOSE WHO ARE DIFFERENT “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”  (Mt 2:1-2) The Christmas story reminds us that Jesus is for those who are not like us and strangers to our way of life. Jesus is for people of other cultures and … Read More

[Su] Day 7 Advent Focus: ELIZABETH

December 20, 2015Pastor's Blog

JESUS IS FOR . . . THE HUMBLE AND FATIHFULL “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit . . . she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear . . . Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” (Lk 1:39-45) Christmas reminds us that God doesn’t forget those who trust in Him.  Elizabeth had years of disappointment as a wife who … Read More

[Sa] Day 6 Advent Focus: THE HOLY SPIRIT

December 19, 2015Pastor's Blog

JESUS IS FOR . . . THOSE WHO FEEL EMPTY INSIDE “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  (Lk 1:34-36) Mary was empty when God chose to use her.  She didn’t have a clear purpose for her life nor did she have the power to fulfill the angel’s prophecy about her.  … Read More

[Fr] Day 5 Advent Focus: MARY

December 18, 2015Pastor's Blog

JESUS IS FOR . . . THE NEXT GENERATION “God sent the angel Gabriel . . . to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph . . .  The virgin’s name was Mary.  The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored . . . You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.” (Lk 1:26-3) Mary was somewhere between 14 and 17 when she played the most important human role … Read More

[Th] Day 4 Advent Focus: JOHN THE BAPTIST

December 17, 2015Pastor's Blog

JESUS IS FOR . . . THOSE WHO SERVE OTHERS “But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. . . . Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.  (Lk … Read More

[W] Day 3 Advent Focus: JOSEPH

December 16, 2015Pastor's Blog

JESUS IS FOR . . . IMPERFECT FAMILIES “Before Mary and Joseph came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered 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 home as your wife.” (Mt 1:18-20) The Christmas story … Read More