Sermon: “Postponed” - by Randy Roberts
Pastoral Welcome: Gilda Roddy
Scripture Reading: Luke 2:25–32, TNIV
Children's Feature: Shawna Campbell
And so we come to the end of 2015. What has this year been for you? What blessings have you received from the hand of our gracious God? What challenges have you encountered? How would you characterize the past twelve months?
As we come to the last Sabbath of this year, we also come to the last sermon in this year’s Christmas series, Christmas: When Time Slows Down. As we do so, we come face to face with the experience of waiting. Nobody I know likes to wait. Do you?! Waiting can be very frustrating, can’t it? Traffic lights, grocery store checkout lines, delayed spouses, payday—we wait on all kinds of things.
However, maybe waiting is integral to Christmas. Consider, for example, what Dietrich Bonhoeffer, imprisoned by Hitler during World War II, wrote to his fiancé on one lesson learned from life in prison:
A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes, does various unessential things, and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside is not a bad picture of Advent. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in Letters and Papers from Prison; in a letter to his fiancé, Maria von Wedemeyer from Tegel Prison in Germany, November 21, 1943).
Whatever else Christmas might offer, it certainly offers to teach us lessons about waiting on God.
Are you ready to learn?