The fourth Sunday in Advent is the Sunday of Love. There is so much to say about love that is can be a challenge to know what to say this year but as I have found with other “large” topic Sundays, if I am patient and willing to listen to the Holy Spirit everything seems to work out in the end.
What struck me this year was the aspect of love whereby the people who love you often do what you need or want them to do for you before you ever ask. It isn’t that they can read your mind, because they can’t, instead it comes from knowing you and wanting to do the best thing for you. God did the same thing for us. We, and by “we” I mean religious people of a couple of thousand years ago, had a system that allowed us to be in relationship with God and we thought it was fine. It wasn’t fine because it was based on a system of temporary access to God rather than the all the time relationship we have now. God, through the birth of Jesus (and all the rest of his life on earth) addressed a need we didn’t even really know we had by providing a once for event that allowed for continuous relationship with God.
If you have ever wanted to listen to both sermons but couldn’t justify the time, have I got a deal for you! This Sunday both congregations celebrated Holy Communion so each sermon is less than 12 minutes long, you can listen to both of them in the time it sometimes takes to listen to just one! Think of it as a (somewhat lame but well intentioned) Christmas present.
Knox Presbyterian So that’s love
St. Mark’s Presbyterian So that’s love
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