Christmas is not over. The Spirit of Christmas resides in each of us. Today, we will explore extraordinary encounters inside the temple. As Mary and Joseph present their baby to God, their eyes are open to the treasure they’ve been gifted.
Luke’s literary style of pairing brings balance to the narrative. The evangelist introduces us to two characters who use their words to bring clarity to the gift.
The presence of God is experienced inside and outside the temple. What we possess inside is too precious to be contained in one space.
There is something that resides in us that brings our soul alive. Will we have the courage to go and do that?
Jerusalem is inviting us to travel into Christmastide with wonder. Wonder is alive and dwells among us. Let’s find it together.
Call to Celebration
God, meet us in this sacred space.
We are anticipating your presence.
You have given us wisdom teachers for guidance.
May we recognize truth when we see it.
Your spirit opens us to new paths.
Give us courage to follow the wonder. Amen
God, in your temple, you reveal light, truth, power and many other things. We often come to worship out of routine, expecting only the ordinary. Rekindle the joy of expectation as we present ourselves as offerings to you. Amen
Bringing in the Light
Concerns & Celebrations
Taking the Light into the World
A Prayer for Peace and Restoration
God, we take delight in the joy of Christmas. When we lose sight of the truth that is right in front of us, remind us that the wonder of Christmas has never left us. Amen
Rev. LaTrell Harrison