12/7/03, Advent 2C

“...and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
(Luke 3: 6, NRSV)

oday is a special day as we enjoy our Annual Christmas Concert by our choirs and instrumentalists. Our services will contain all of the elements of worship: scripture readings, prayers and a brief sermon are being included; but mostly Christmas music. Concerts are at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, with lunch at Noon.

Verse six of our Gospel reading for this second Sunday of Advent is a reminder that Christmas is all about salvation: God’s stepping down the stairway of heaven with a baby in his arms.

Or, as Luke 2: 10 reports the first Christmas Music, sung by the angels to the shepherds, “…glad tidings of great joy to all people, for unto you is born this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Everyone who ever lived or who is now alive has an equal access to God’s grace, but some will not hear unless we repeat the angelic chorus. Our opportunity is not to just hear the wondrous music but to continue the concert as we go out from here singing the words, or whistling a happy tune. Perhaps someone will ask, “What are you so happy about?” Or, maybe they will say, “I sure wish I was possessed by such a happy tune!” And there is your opening into another life.

I heard an urban legend repeated this week, which could be true, about a young mother crowding on an elevator with two toddlers and an infant in a stroller which had many Christmas presents tied all around. Everyone could excuse her frustration in saying, “I wish I could find the guy who started all of this Christmas madness and string him up.” A calm voice came from the back of the elevator saying, “Don’t worry, we’ve already crucified him!”

But not here today for we have come to worship him and to crown him Lord of our lives, forever!

a sermon synopsis by C. Robert Allred, Th.D., Pastor
12/7/03, Advent 2C