Contributed on Dec 3, 2001
One of the ways that we reach and touch others as we build bridges of care and friendship in Christ’s name is by reaching out to our neighbors like the innkeeper
(Begin with side entrance to the theme of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Go through the opening routine.) For many years Fred Rogers sang to us, "Will you be my neighbor?" The idea of the neighbor came into the discussion between a Pharisee and Jesus Christ when Jesus was asked, "Who is my ...read more
Contributed on Dec 13, 2001
One of the ways that we can make meaningful connections is by connecting with people who are often overlooked.
Several years ago there was a game show called, Name That Tune in which contestants competed for cash and prizes by trying to name songs in as few notes as possible. The famous line being of course, I can name that song in one note! This morning, we are going to briefly play “Name That Person” ...read more
Contributed on Dec 23, 2001
We experience the Christmas touch of God as we personally give the gift of ourselves to God and experience both belonging and forgiveness.
It was a few days before Christmas on the Oregon coast. Two men whose families lived next door opted to go sailing while their wives went Christmas shopping. An unexpected storm surprised the weekend sailors. Before long, the sea became angry, and the two had a difficult time keeping the sailboat ...read more
Contributed on Jan 1, 2002
We embrace the world, as Simeon did, when we embrace faith, hope, and love as we both embrace and are embraced by Christ.
Introduction: “Last Christmas, This Christmas e-mail forward” “If you have e-mail, perhaps you received one entitled Merry Christmas that said something like this;” Last Christmas, we were thinking about all the things we didn’t have; this Christmas, we are thinking about all the things we do ...read more