Sermon Title: “Pieces of the Puzzle”
Scripture: Luke 2:22-40
Happy New Year to one and all! Even though we will be celebrating the beginning of the New Year on Sunday, don’t forget we are still in the Christmas season for 12 days until Epiphany which is January 6, 2012, the commemoration of the magi’s visit to baby Jesus. So keep your joy, Christmas is not over, even though the retail stores say it is with their Valentines Day decorations.
As New Year’s Eve approaches, you are probably as diligent as I am about what my new year’s resolutions will be for 2012. Every year as this eve approaches, I really give it a great deal of thought and prayer as to what God wants me to work on. Sometimes I make it through the year with my list of to do’s, and other years I am barely out of the new year and already I am forgetting what I promised to do. I am sure we all wish for a better year for us and for those we love.
The passage in Luke begins with Mary and Joseph taking their baby to be presented to God. Jewish law said that “every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”, so Mary and Joseph are being a good Jewish family. Along with bringing their firstborn male to be consecrated, they were also to bring a sacrifice. If you couldn’t bring a year-old lamb, you could bring two doves or two young pigeons. They brought two doves.
Both Simeon and Anna recognized the Christ child, and shared their prophetic words with Mary, the mother of Jesus. No matter how many times people would share these prophetic words, Mary and Joseph were still amazed. As a parent, there is much to worry about, but one thing we can count on, God’s love as we are held in God’s hands.
Come and join us on Sunday, January 1st as we celebrate the beginning of a New Year. After worship there will be a time of fellowship in the parlor. No Sunday School, but worship begins at 10:45Am.
Thought for the Week: “It is always easier to believe in a Christ who is coming than a Christ who has come.” – Fred Craddock
Let us pray: God of the New Year, we lift up our concerns, and our resolutions to you, knowing that you will guide us and stand beside us as we journey through life. May we greet you this new year with songs of praise and thanksgiving. We pray in your name. Amen.