Once again this Christmas Eve, we have a special program of music and readings as a celebration. At 4:30, we start with half an hour of seasonal music, then, at 5:00, we have a short service on the model of lessons and carols. It should be a wonderful time, and all are invited!
This coming Sunday, December 20th, Ken’s sermon topic comes from Micah 5:1-6. Speaking to Israel around 700 BC, the prophet Micah tells of a king to come. He paints a sad picture of the northern and southern kingdoms, especially when taken together with Amos’ litany of corruption and exploitation from last week’s readings. Like Amos, he warns that the corruption of that age has brought God’s judgment, but also that the instruments of that judgment will be Assyria and Babylon, whose invasions of Israel will bring terrible depredations, with many being taken into captivity and enslaved. Following that, however, will come a shepherd king born in Bethlehem from the line of David. He is the one who will restore the people of God, bringing God’s forgiveness and healing. He is the One whose return we await even today.