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Pastor Kyle Bitter - The First Sunday After Christmas - Sunday, December 27, 2020

Text: Luke 2:25-40

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How do you think people responded to the shepherds? The familiar Christmas story ends with the shepherds going to Bethlehem, seeing the baby Jesus, and then “they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” (Luke 2:17b-18 – NIV84). In their joy, I wonder how far the shepherds ranged? The town of Bethlehem? The surrounding country? Did they go door to door, or just meet people on the streets? Did they make it to nearby Jerusalem? Most of those questions are ones that we can only speculate about, but there were some who shared the shepherds' joy, and perhaps some of them even went to see for themselves. I wonder how many other visitors there were to the stable that night and in the following days, all in response to the shepherds' frantic excitement?



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Christmas is the Gift of Peace

Pastor Joel Leyrer - Christmas Day - Friday, December 25, 2020

Text: Luke 2:13-14

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Dear Friends in newborn King, Christ, the Lord: In a book of personal memories collected from those who served in World War II, a soldier from Massachusetts wrote about his first Christmas away from home. He doesn’t say how old he was, but we could guess he was probably 19 or 20.



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Saved from the Monsters

Pastor Eric Schroeder - First Sunday after Christmas - Sunday, December 29, 2019

Text: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

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How many of us can remember a time when we were afraid of monsters? Maybe it started after watching a scary movie or hearing a scary story. For a while, even though we never actually saw the monsters, somehow we were so convinced that they were there—hiding in the closet or under the bed, right around the corner or behind the boxes in a dark basement.  Sometimes these monsters kept us from falling asleep, and sometimes they startled us awake when they gave us bad dreams. It’s a good thing we grow out of those stages, and eventually we discover that we were safe from the monsters all along, because they don’t really exist…apart from our imaginations.



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For God So Loved the World

Pastor Kyle Bitter - Christmas Day - Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Text: John 3:16-18

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Happy Holidays! Season’s Greetings! How many times have you said that, or something similar, already today? How about over the last couple of weeks? I’ve already long-lost count of how many times I’ve said Merry Christmas this morning, and it’s barely mid-morning! Out of all the times you’ve said words like those, or really the words of any greeting, for that matter, even if it’s not a seasonal one, how many of those times were those words spoken earnestly and thoughtfully, fully meaning exactly what you’re saying?  I’m going to guess it might be a much smaller number. And that’s not necessarily a horrible thing – to a degree we are just fulfilling social expectations and what it means to be polite, but I think it does demonstrate a point. Talk is cheap. Words are easy to say. Sometimes they’re sincere, other times they can be kind of mindless.



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Searching and Finding - December 30, 2018

Pastor Joel Leyrer

Text: Luke 2:41-52

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Dear Friends in Christ, a span of 30 years lies between the record of Jesus’ birth and the beginning of his public ministry.  Within those three decades we have only one incident the Holy Spirit has chosen to share with us.  It is our Gospel lesson for today.



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The Face of God - December 25, 2018

Pastor Eric Schroeder

Text: Exodus 33:18-23, 34:5-7 

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Did you get the presents you were hoping for? By this point in the season, you may or may not already know. Some of us opened gifts last night, maybe you unwrapped them this morning, and others have presents still waiting for us. So maybe you had all your Christmas dreams come true and more, but if not, perhaps there’s still time. Did you get the presents you were hoping for?



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Christmas Presence - December 31, 2017

Pastor Eric Schroeder

Text: Colossians 3:12-17

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Now that the wait for Christmas is over, and the day itself has come and gone, for some ofus it’s already meant time to go back to work. For others of us, it’s almost time to go backto school.  It’s time to get back to life without Christmas all around us. And so, on more than one occasion, you may have already been asked—or you will be asked soon—“How was your Christmas?” We’ll have a number of chances to share and compare our experiences: what we did, where we went, what presents we opened and what presents we gave. Maybe you had a chance to do just that as you talked with friends on the way into church today. 



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What Child is This? - December 25, 2017

Pastor Joel Leyrer

Text: Hebrews 1:1-9

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Dear Friends in Christ, our Newborn King: In 1865 a man by the name of William Chatterton Dix wrote the beloved Christmas hymn, “What Child is This?” It is fair to assume he wasn’t the first to ask the question. That distinction, no doubt, fell to Mary.  Whether verbally or non-verbally, she probably first asked that question the moment the angel Gabriel left her after announcing she would be the mother of Jesus, the Son of God. What child is this I am carrying?



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Why We Sing At Christmas - December 25, 2016

Pastor Bitter

Sermon text: Isaiah 52:7-10

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This picture hangs at the city market café on Watertown Plank Road, near where our Wednesday morning men’s bible study meets.  There’s no caption on the picture, so I’m not entirely sure when it was taken, but based on the Eiffel Tower in the background and the clothing the children are wearing, I’m pretty confident that this is probably from the World War II era, maybe from the liberation of Paris or from VE – Victory Europe – day when the Germans surrendered.  Whatever the case might be, the reason this picture sticks in my mind is that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen another photograph that captured spontaneous joy as well as it’s captured in these children.  They’re shouting, running, jumping; at this point in their lives, they can’t imagine anything happier than the news that the army occupying their home has been driven out. 



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Believe the Christmas Story - December 27, 2015

Pastor Bitter

Text: Luke 2:41-52

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Christmas is over.  The gifts have been opened, and for many of us, relatives have gone home.  Now you can pack up the tree and lights and decorations and you won’t be called a Grinch.  For students, Christmas vacation is already half finished.  Many people will go back to work tomorrow already.  Sure, the New Year’s celebration is still coming, but that doesn’t seem like too much after Christmas. 



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