The worship bulletin for this Sunday, Dec. 3rd, is now available HERE.
The focal scripture for Sunday is from Luke 1:26-38 – The Birth of Jesus is Foretold. Two other sources will be important this week as well: “Mary, Did You Know?” as sung by Pentatonix, and a reading from the Gospel of Matthew: Matthew 25: 31-46 (the so called, ‘Judgment of the Nations’).
Two lines stand out for me in Mary, Did You Know?: Did you know… “…when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.” and “This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I Am” If we couple that with the reading from Matthew, we can ask: ‘Did you know… that when we feed the hungry, house the homeless, clothe the naked, visit those imprisoned’ we are feeding, housing, clothing, visiting, God?
Luke’s Gospel is the foretelling of the birth of Jesus, the Son of God Most High. Luke’s Gospel tells us that God comes TO US– as vulnerable as a baby can be, as vulnerable as the poorest of our society can be, as vulnerable as we are as we try to face each day as it comes, knowing that we have little to no power to change how life comes at us.
We do have, however, the power to change how we see our neighbors, our sisters and brothers, the strangers we meet each day. We do have, however, the power to treat each person we meet with dignity, to treat each person we meet with kindness, to see and treat them as we (hopefully!!) see and treat Jesus in our midst.
We would have no sex scandals, we would have no harassment claims, we would have no inequality in our society, if we would treat each other with the dignity we would offer Jesus– God in our midst.