Merry Christmas from Chuckatuck on a very warm, windy, and rainy Christmas Eve. Tonight we celebrated the birth of Jesus, although tonight was probably different than any other Christmas we’ve celebrated. We gathered to share the story of Christ’s birth and hosted a gathering of remote participants. It was a special evening to celebrate the promise of comfort in God’s time.

In worship we heard the prophet Isaiah share the truth, “the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” Isaiah also reminds us that the Messiah would come to save us from our sin and separation from God. The letter to Titus reminds us that God’s grace comes in the person of Jesus. Our gospel reading from Luke recounts the well known “Linus soliloquy” from a “Charlie Brown Christmas.” Our sermon focused on this reading and explored the starkness of the underlying story. We looked at how well this reading speaks to our present condition of isolation and disruption of the status quo. In our gospel we see that the comfort promised by God is in God’s promise to meet humanity, all of humanity, where they are and not make everyone meet God where God is.

Merry Christmas!

Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20

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