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Christmas Eve 2021*In case of rain, service will be held indoors with craft outdoors under overhangs. We will have open windows and doors and very good ventilation. Masks required. Indoors or out, please dress warmly! Outdoors, please feel free to bring folding chairs!

Sermon given by the Rev. Kate Sefton
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Proper 28

In today’s Gospel story, we hear that

As Jesus came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”

This was no lightweight prediction, nor was it particularly a wise thing to say…but we know Jesus didn’t bother much with socially adept or wise conversation. Threatening enough was the prediction of the temple falling, but then Jesus tells them that upheaval will continue “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birthpangs.”

This kind of thing is partly why Jesus was killed – because he insisted on saying things like everything is about to change! Not what people living comfortable and understandable lives want to hear. 

Samuel Cruz, Associate Professor of Church and Society at Union Theological Seminary says about this passage:

We must keep in mind that when… Continue reading

At our 5pm Christmas Eve Service the pageant will be a “walk-on” pageant. This means that at various points in the pageant any adult or child who wishes may join in. The parts will include angels, animals, wise people, and shepherds and sheep. There will be costume accessories (ears, crowns, halos) available. All are welcome!

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