This Sunday, Pastor Derr invites us to ponder the potential power of the Word made flesh to shape our lives, our society and our world.
2021 First Sunday of Christmas Sermon
Sitting in temples, learning in Christ by Pr. Rodriguez
“After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions (Lk 2:46)”
In the name of our Lord + Jesus, Son of God the Father, Son of Mary and Joseph. Amen.
Merry Christmas to all and God bless you, every one! I want first to give thanks to God our Father who has poured out upon us his Spirit of joy out of sheer love. This Spirit, who in the beginning hovered over the primordial waters, led God’s people to freedom, and who swaddled God in the likeness of lowly Mary, this Spirit sealed our sister, Caroline Elizabeth with life. She is our beloved sister, made a child of God through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirt (Titus 3:5). The Cross of Christ marked us and clothed us forever. Christ is with us, for us, and in us, taking our lot as we grow in stature and years, favor before the Father and before the world (1 Sam 26 para.). I think the words of St. Romanos draws out Paul’s insights of this devesting God at the manager: The mother’s Father has willingly become her Son, the infant’s savior is laid as an infant in a manager (stanza 2, Kontakion on the Nativity of Christ).
2021 Christmas Day Sermon
Word before all ages, for the ages by Pr. Rodriguez
“What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.”
In the name of the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Merry Christmas! I want to first share with you the joy and love I have in my heart as I celebrate new beginnings with you this weekend: my first Christmas as a Pastor (and your Pastor) and a baptism tomorrow morning (my first one at Christ the King). My devotion for Christmas from St. Romanos the Melodist, 5th Century reader at the Hagia Sophia, captures best sense of sharing a new beginning at the manager: Bethlehem has opened Eden; come, let us behold it. We have found delight in secret; come, let us receive it (Stanza 1, Kontakion on the Nativity of Christ). Think of the beginning of the Letter of John as he describes this delight from Bethlehem as, “that which was from the beginning, which we had heard, seen with our own eyes, touched with our hands (1 Jn 1:1).” John sees the entire scope of Jesus’ life, from his beginning at the manager to freshness of the resurrection garden, as touching transcendence.
2021 Christmas Eve Sermon
By: Deacon Ben Remmert
Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20
Every year, at about this time, one of my favorite traditions, which may come to surprise by many of you, is watching classic Christmas movies. Such classics as Home Alone, Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Die Hard, Nightmare Before Christmas, Muppets Christmas Carol and what have you are always playing at our house immediately after Thanksgiving. But for my dad, he likes to stick to the “family classics.” His family. Our family. Whether it’s watching the Christmas movies from when he was a boy at Christmas or replaying home movies from scenes of my sister and I opening our presents when we were just kids. Those are the Christmas movies Dad likes to watch at this time of year. To rewind back to those distant memories. To replay those fond moments. And to pause on those precious scenes, to reminisce and reflect, and think about “the good old days.”
Christmas Services and Livestream Links
Christvesper Heiligabend (German Language Worship)
December 24 at 4:00 p.m. in the nave and online
Festive Holy Communion
December 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the nave and online
Festive Holy Communion (with Incense)
December 24 at 10:00 p.m. in the nave and online
First Sunday of Christmas
December 26 at 11:00 a.m. in the nave and online
Second Sunday of Christmas
January 2 at 11:00 a.m. in the nave and online