July 2, 2017
Matthew 10:40-42
Romans 6:12-23
Genesis 22:1-14
Psalm 13

Mary Christmas

Fourth Sunday of Advent

from the book
Sermons For Advent, Christmas And Epiphany


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So, where are the shepherds? And what about the "multitude of the heavenly host" shining their glory on everyone and breaking into song about God, and salvation, and peace?

Sure, there is an angel. One angel, who sounds more like a meditating attorney in a three-piece suit, speaking in one long sentence which tells Joseph he ought to see this thing through and try to work things out with Mary. And that even happens in a dream. But that seems to fit Matthew's purpose. Matthew isn't interested in the trimmings of Christmas. He wanted his Jewish audience to understand that old prophecy was being fulfilled, and had to explain the role of Joseph in this process. All that other stuff might confuse the facts and keep some Jews from seeing the Christ in Christmas.

As for me, I've always preferred Luke's Christmas: the one with shepherds, and singing angels, and swaddling clothes in the manger. We've all become accustomed to that beautiful...

This Fourth Sunday of Advent sermon, Mary Christmas, is based on Matthew 1:18-24 and relates to Fourth Sunday of Advent of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book TIME'S UP! . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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