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Poor Joseph. He kinda gets short-shrift in the whole Christmas “thang”. I mean, come on, he’s all ready to marry the girl of his dreams and then this crazy angel shows up and dumps a real heavy trip on him! Seriously! What would you do?
This Sunday, we’ll take a closer look at Joseph and his plight in Matthew 1:18-25. Then we’ll look even closer at his actions and I think you might discover a side of Christmas you never even considered. It might even put you in a Christmas-kind-of-attitude, especially if this season makes you “kinda Grinchy”.
So take a break from wrapping, baking, and grumbling, and join us this Sunday morning for something a little different this advent: The story of a real stand-up guy! Your heart just might grow “ten sizes, plus two!”
On the Second Sunday in Advent we light the candle which represents the Peace of Bethlehem. If you’ve even paid paying attention to the news recently, you’ll know that ‘peace’ and ‘Bethlehem’ rarely appear in the same story. Whether its demonstrations over the Israeli occupation, or the Orthodox Priests and the Catholic Priests knocking heads over turf wars within the walls of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, there always seems to be trouble in Bethlehem.
This Sunday, we’ll look at two passages of Scripture, One Old Testament from Micah 5:1-5a, and one New Testament from Luke 2:1-7, and see if we can figure out why a place, over which we light candles to celebrate peace, seem to be so bereft of it.