Christmas 2011

Here’s the Christmas Eve sermon, 2011, that Pastor Mark delivered to the congregation and visitors at Lutheran Church of the Master, Corona del Mar, CA. 

 A reading from the Gospel of John, and the children’s sermon are included this time, as well.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Enjoy.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 click here > Christmas Eve sermon 2011

 

___________________________________________________

 

Thanks, Pastor Mark.
And thanks to flickr and Inspirational.Images, for the photo.
 
 
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Advertisements

9 Responses

  1. Amen to this sermon.
    “Put the cross back into the Xmas”. That’s it.
    It appears to me that I’m not the only one who doesn’t have sentimental feelings concerning Christmas any more…
    But I feel the same at Easter with its chocolate bunnies and eggs. It’s absolutely OK for children because they rejoice, understandably enough, in receiving presents. But if this was all for grown up Christians we would be miserable human beings. Our daily present we may receive and rejoice in is God’s amazing grace ad infinitum.

    Thanks to Pastor Mark and
    thanks to Steve for posting

  2. “But if this was all for grown up Christians we would be miserable human beings. Our daily present we may receive and rejoice in is God’s amazing grace ad infinitum.”

    Perfectly said, Susanne!

    Thanks so much.

  3. Thanks, Steve.

    I’d like to put it into the words of Theresa de Jesus (Avila), a Spanish nun who lived in the 16th century:
    “If I said something good you can be sure that God compelled me to do so. But if I said something really bad, this was me for sure.”
    Considering all the nonsense coming from my mouth I ought to cry out permanently
    “Oh Lord, have mercy on me!”
    This would be too vigorous and so I rely on His grace.

    My mother told me as I was a little girl that it’s so good to be a Christian because you can start afresh day by day. Our “yesterday-sins” are all gone with the wind.

    PS
    Yesterday I forgot saying that I love the Christmas picture above. Not only its colorfulness but especially the effect caused by the light. It seems likely sending rays to a casual observer. It’s been a godly choice to post it!

    God bless

  4. Hi Steve,

    It’s me once more.
    Just a short old poem by Teresa of Ávila ( = Teresa of Jesús) – not Theresa as I wrote above, the latter had been another nun – that reminds me a bit of Tullian’s equation: Jesus + Nothing = Everything
    Here it is:

    LET NOTHING DISTURB THEE

    Let nothing disturb thee,
    Nothing affright thee.
    All things are passing,
    God never changeth.
    Patient endurance,
    Attaineth to all things.
    Who God possesseth
    In nothing is wanting,
    Alone God sufficeth.

    Blessings!

  5. “My mother told me as I was a little girl that it’s so good to be a Christian because you can start afresh day by day. Our “yesterday-sins” are all gone with the wind.”

    Your Mother was certainly right. “Our yesterday- sins are all gone with the wind.”

    All because of Christ Jesus.

    Amen, Susanne! Thank you, my friend.

    And thanks for the compliment on the choice of illustration for the post. Glad you like it.

  6. Love that poem, Susanne!

    God does alone sufficeth! ( even when we don’t trust in that Word)

    Thanks be to God He loves us of little faith (sometimes – too often, in my case)

    • Frankly, Steve, very often I have NO FAITH at all. Then I need to receive it anew. I guess this is grace, too!?

      Greetings, Susanne

      • I’m with you, Susanne. Sometimes it seems like there’s none (faith) there.

        But there must be a tiny mustard seed, imperceptable to us, that is more than enough for Him to work with.

        As Pastor Mark likes to say, Sometimes He’s got a hold of us just by a thread on our collar.”

  7. That’s absolutely right, there must be a – perhaps sometimes almost invisible – tiny seed of faith inside of my doubting heart…
    HE’s got a hold of us. This HE does, thanks God!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: