Cycle B Gospel Text Sermons for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany
The Moravians, a small but influential Christian denomination, have a distinctive symbol known throughout the world. It is a large many-pointed star. This unusual star found in many Moravian homes is carefully preserved from year to year. As the Advent season approaches the star is brought out and hung in the hall or on the porch until the Festival of Epiphany, January 6.
This cherished Moravian star reminds the faithful of the star that led the wise men from their home in the distant East to Bethlehem where they presented gifts to the Christ Child.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.