Dec 17, 2023 – 8:00am – 3. Everlasting Father

Welcoming – Pastor Stuart

Online Moment – Pastor Dave

Hymn Sing – Pastor Dave

Advent Candles – James Thorpe & Ila Lewis

Pastoral Prayer – Silent Prayer, Lord’s Prayer – Pastor Stuart

Scripture Reading – Pastor Dave

Message – 3. Everlasting Father

Communion – Pastors Dave, Linda & Stuart


Response – Let There be Peace on Earth #431

Matthew 1:18-25 – New Revised Standard Version

18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be pregnant from the Holy Spirit.

19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to divorce her quietly.

20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

23 “Look, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”

24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife

25 but had no marital relations with her until she had given birth to a son, and he named him Jesus.

It is not surprising that fatherly imagery is found compelling in the tradition as way to speak of God. BUT Jesus exercises familial responsibility like a father: Jesus acts as a father in an Orphaned World (he tells the disciples: I will not leave you orphaned). Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me” and we are all children in formation. We need what a good father or mother does for us.

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