Week of December 6th - 12th 

"O Little Town of Bethlehem"

Micah 5 reads “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf. The people of Israel will be abandoned to their enemies until the woman in labor gives birth. Then at last his fellow countrymen will return from exile to their own land. And he will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. Then his people will live there undisturbed, for he will be highly honored around the world. And he will be the source of peace.

Bethlehem was of no significance when it came to military power.  It was a center of great commerce.  It had no great importance.  Yet.  Jesus gave it importance.  Out of this small village arose a ruler, a king, our Messiah.

The same is true about us.  We are simple human beings capable of very little.  We don’t bring much to the table as far as an offering.  David writes this in Psalm 8:

O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you. When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority—the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

Bethlehem had nothing to boast about except the Messiah’s birth.  In the same vein, we have nothing to brag about except what God has done for us.  So as we come to communion let us celebrate that.  Let us take a moment to reflect on all that God has done for us. 

Scripture Reading: Micah 5, Psalm 8

Week of November 29th - December 5th

"Come Thou Long Expected Jesus"/"O Come, O Come Emmanuel"

Jesus in the prophet Isaiah’s book is to be called Emmanuel, which means “God with us”.  John also writes that the Light, Christ Jesus, put on flesh and made His dwelling among us.  The prayer of the prophets, and those living before Christ, was one longing for the promised Messiah.  They desired to see this promised deliverer come and dwell with them.  As people who have read the story of this Christ born in a manger, we are witness to the God with us. Our sin, shame, and brokenness is something that should've kept someone as Holy and perfect as God at a distance from us.  Yet...He chose to draw Himself near to us. Today,our prayer has changed, ever so slightly, from the prayer of our fathers.  We long for the day that this Messiah fulfill the promise that He will return again and take us to His dwelling where we shall be reunited with Him for all of eternity.

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 7:14, John 1:14

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