David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all
his other relatives joined him there. Then others began coming—men who were in
trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of
about 400 men.1 Samuel
____________, you have to be connected ______________.Andy
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)
are the obstacles that keep me from living in community?
Lack of trust
8 Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, 2 as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them[a] out of their resources. Luke 8:1-3 NRSV
2018 is the 200th year anniversary of the carol “Silent Night, Holy Night”. The song captures our hope for peace and light for the world. This sermon celebrates the carol’s message on Christmas, and highlights its call for our lives.
Amy Grant’s “Breath of Heaven” sung by Genevieve Potter and Lindsay Hausler with Suiong Wong accompanying on piano during the North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church Christmas Eve service on Dec 24th, 2018.
“I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened— I’m the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten, the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others. His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awebefore him.” Luke1:46-50 The Message
#1 But look at their hope.
It is hope in God.
#2 Their hope is in a God who meets them where they are.
“He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts. He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud. The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold.” Luke 1:51-53 The Message
#3 If Christ – not Caesar – is King, then there truly is hope for everyone.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
It is celebration time. We have wonderful partnerships that make holidays bright. This year our church family gave everything needed for seven complete Thanksgiving dinners and an extra turkey. The DCF office that we coordinate these with sent huge “thanks!”
Donations from church members and community members will help us do over 40 Christmas gifts for children, teens and others in need. Our Old Hollow Neighborhood group is now bringing food for our food shelf every time they meet. We received another touching thank you from the HOPE Christmas shop for the Wildberries towel sets. Our Christmas carolers were well received at The Arbors and Pillsbury. We also got smiles from Weston Spooner and Mary Lou Payne.
All these activities add up to a very meaningful Christmas. Through service and worship we get to sing God’s praises in sending us Jesus, our Savior. As John Wesley loved to say, “The best of all is God is with us.”