Sermon from the Fourth Sunday of Advent 2021

Sergio Rodriguez, Pastor for Community Ministries
Advent 4. December 19, 2021.

“From you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.” Micah 5:2

O Root of Jesse, Come and deliver us, delay no longer. Amen.

Waiting, watching, warning: our advent season began with a call to attend to the signs of hope fulfilled all around us (Advent 1, Pr. Rodriguez). We heard of John beckon us to make straight our pathways for the long-expected Lord (Advent 2, Dn. Remmert). Just last week, God urged us to perceive the birth of our savior as proclaiming God’s all-embracing love, if only we allow ourselves to be astounded by its fruits (Advent 3, Rev. Derr). Now God sets before us the way of Bethlehem as our home where hope is revived. Hope for living each day as if we were living in a different reality. Bethlehem, this small mountain top, with no enduring political might, has always been a city of such hope, despite the centuries of occupation.A fellow native of Bethlehem, Pastor Mitri Raheb, friend of this congregation and founder of Dar Al-Kalima, the now first Lutheran College in the Levant, makes this observation about hope: “Hope is living the reality and yet investing in a different one (Faith in the face of Empire: Bible through Palestinian Eyes, pg. 130).” The subject of the sermon, “Bethlehem, place of home-restoring hope,” speaks of hope as a gift active every day, shaping our waiting for God’s tomorrow. Our text comes from our First Lesson, Micah chapter five, verse two, in particular where Micah perceives Bethlehem as place, from which, “one who is to rule in Israel,” shall come.

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Las Posadas at Christ the King this Sunday

December 19: Las Posadas
an Intergenerational Event in the Courtyard
Weather Permitting Sunday, December 19 at 9:30 a.m. in-person
Las Posadas Bulletin

Join us in-person for Las Posadas, an intergenerational event in the courtyard re-enacting the journey of the Holy Family including a traditional posada piñata smash! Afterwards, enjoy waffles at our Waffle Café hosted by our youth!

Worship this Weekend | Fourth Sunday of Advent

Contemplative Worship:
Saturday, December 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Brief Order of Holy Communion:
Sunday, December 19 at 8:30 a.m.

Holy Communion:
Sunday, December 19 at 11:00 a.m.
Bulletin for 12/19 at 11:00 a.m.

On the 4th Sunday in Advent, we look towards Bethlehem for God’s coming reign of peace. Micah the prophet anticipates the arrival of such a reign in the most unexpected way. From the least and lowly of all the cities of Judah, Bethlehem (Mic 5:2), the coming bringer of peace shall come like that of David. Elizabeth greets Mary in joy that such a reign has to her midst (Lk 1:43-45). Our own baptisms guide us to perceive God’s peace wrapped in swaddling clothes. Join in the readings of Micah 5:2-5a (Sermon text), Hebrews 10:5-10, and Luke 1:39-55. Pr. Sergio Rodriguez is preaching and baptizing. Pr. Amandus Derr is presiding.

At the start of the 11:00 a.m. service, we will join parents Quentin and Whitney Adams as we witness and affirms the baptism of their son Leo Samuel Adams. We will also install our newly elected congregational council and all are welcome to meet and greet the newly elected officers in the courtyard after worship.

You may choose to participate in the 11:00 a.m. worship livestream via Facebook or YouTube. You may also access the archived services anytime after.

COVID measures in place:

  1. We are going to be more insistent about masking while indoors at Christ the King Church. Please, wear your mask at every worship, keeping your mouth and nose covered at all times.
  2. Weather-permitting, we intend to go forward with all previously announced worship services and Christmas-related events.
  3. We will only distribute wine in individual glasses.
  4. We are going to carefully monitor this ever-changing situation and are preparing for other changes if necessary.