Have you ever thought about the Christmas story, I mean really thought about it? Have you gotten past the Christmas card image of Mary dressed in blue and white, Joseph standing off to the side taking it all in, the animals looking like adoring neighbors and the heavenly host, “sweetly singing o’er the plains?”
about Mary - we think of her as a young mother, in reality she was barely a
teenager. Can you imagine what it must have been like to be told by a heavenly
messenger that she would give birth to a child, a special child? And what of
Joseph? He, too, was visited by a heavenly messenger, who tells him to go ahead
and marry the young woman to whom he is betrothed, even though she is pregnant
and he is not the father, to face the stares and whispers of his friends and
We all love this story and
this time of year, with all the decorations, songs and holiday cheer, but when
we get beyond the 21st century hype, we see that it is
a story of profound faith, a story of deep trust. It is a challenge for us to
look deeply into the season and ask ourselves, would we; do we have that kind
of faith? What is it that each of us needs to do, in order to approach the
faith of this young woman and compassionate man? Something to ponder in your
heart as Mary pondered the things she was told in her heart.
Join us for worship
DECEMBER SERMON THEMES
December 7 Prepare The Way 2nd Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 40:1-11 The prophet Isaiah is calling on the people to prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill made low. The prophet Isaiah reminds listeners that God has not abandoned them and once again will care for them as a shepherd cares for his sheep.
December 14 Look For The Light 3rd Sunday in Advent
John1:6-8, 19-28 John the Baptist appears in the wilderness, witnessing to the advent of the light, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. In his incarnation his light shines and we see the whole truth about who God is and what God is doing in the world to save us.
December 21 A Baby Is Coming 4th Sunday In Advent
Luke 1:26-38 The Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that through the power of the Holy Spirit she will bear a son who is to be called Jesus. God will redeem the world through the mystery of the incarnation, becoming small in the flesh of a helpless baby. The salvation born in Bethlehem's stable cannot be earned but only received like a young mother astounded by the gift of new life.
December 24 Christmas Eve Service, 5 PM
Join us along with the members of Laguna Hills Korean UMC as we retell the Christmas story through lessons and carols and celebrate Christ’s birth by the lighting of candles. The service will be followed by a time of fellowship in Ficklin Hall.