Christmas

Christmas Day 2016

merry-christmas2016Morsels & Stories: I read a story/long poem.

 

Sermon:  John definitely has the most esoteric version of the Christmas Story.  And I love it.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with John 1:1-14.

 

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Christmas Eve 2016

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I usually post sermons in audio format, and while Christmas Eve’s sermon did record, I’m posting the text.  I wrote it as an invitation both to Christmas and to reflection.  I think that works better if you can follow along at your own speed.

Merry Christmas!

I hope your meal plans have been made or delicious.
That your decorations are hung and gorgeous.
And that your family is getting along wonderfully, or reasonably practicing civility.
And if your Christmas doesn’t look like that, know the only thing hung in my living room is laundry that needs to be put away,
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Know that I hope Christmas comes with joy and celebrating in your life, however that looks for you.

I do have one request, if you will humour me. Take time to stop in front of your creche (if you don’t have one, we have one here that is all of ours).
Look at the young mother with her baby, whose husband is not the biological father.
They know odd family moments and tension.
Picture their surroundings–far from home, w/o family or a proper crib for the babe.
They know loneliness, last minute arrangements, and making do.
Consider the shepherds who came to visit: unwashed, the dregs of society (just in case someone thought not putting them in the best room was a mistake), bring sheep with them.
They know feeling out of place.
Think back on the angelic announcement that led the shepherds here.
They know responding to a divine call to uncharacteristic behaviour.
Look down the road and see if you can spot the Magi, making their way from afar.
They know risking much on nothing but hope.
Look up at the angels, singing for a newborn. The only ones who already sea king.
They know joy and celebration.

It is my sincere and deep hope that Christmas come with joy, peace, and love in your lives, every year and especially this year.

But know, as you take this moment in front of the creche, there is space for all of us, in all our states around the manger.
The Christ Child came for and amidst all the strange, hard, demanding, and wonderful moments in our lives.

Amen and Alleluia.

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Blue Christmas 2016

blue-christmasA Blue Christmas, or longest night, service is a time and place for those for whom the holidays are lonely, sad, and hard. St Peter’s offers this with the knowledge that the holiday season can be incredibly painful and the faith that God is with us in those blue moments.

 

Here is the sermon I preached.

 

 

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Word and Light, Christmas Eve 2015

Robyns SermonsMerry Christmas!

The Gospel on Christmas Eve was John 1:1-14.  It can be found (along with all the other possible readings) by clicking here.

 

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Like it always was, Blue Christmas 2015

Robyns SermonsSt Peter’s holds a Blue Christmas service for those who find the holiday season difficult.  This was the sermon I preached.

 

 

 

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God who is….., Christmas 2

Robyns SermonsIt’s been a rough week for Edmonton.  We had the largest mass murder in our history.  Who is God, who do we need God to be in the midst of this?

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked with John 1:1-18 and the news story I link to above.

 

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Family, Christmas 1 2014

Robyns SermonsSimeon and Anna meet Jesus in the temple.  It’s a family meeting of sorts.
The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Luke 2:22-40.

 

(I was using a back up recording system so the audio is not great.  My apologies.)

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Littlest, Christmas Morning 2014

Robyns SermonsDid you ever read the Little Golden Book The Littlest Angel?  I did.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.

 

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Baby! Christmas Eve 2014

Robyns SermonsJesus Christ is born!  As a baby–the tiny humans who entirely change the lives of those around them.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Luke 2:1-20.

 

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Messy Nativity, Blue Christmas 2014

Robyns SermonsBlue Christmas or Longest Night services are designed to be a place for those who find the winter holidays a time of grief, stress, sadness, depression, or struggle.  At St Peter’s this year it was a service with lots of prayer and quiet.

 

 

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