Sermon; The First Sunday of Christmas: "A Faith Centered Life"
Date: December 30, 2018
Liturgical Day: the First Sunday of Christmas; Year C
Today we have before us the only story in the Bible about Jesus as a young boy (except for the few stories set in the early months of his life). It describes an annual tradition, important to Mary and Joseph: traveling to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Their commitment to worship is one of the ways they demonstrate to their son, and to all others who notice, how important their faith is to them. On this particular Sunday, when many of our friends and neighbors are “taking a break from church,” our commitment to weekly worship makes the same witness as Mary’s and Joseph’s to our children, our friends, our family, and others.