December 2016

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God With Us

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Matthew 1:18-25    Luke 2:1-20     Rev. Rusty Eidmann-Hicks Be careful what you ask for…you just might get it!   A young soldier sat in a bus station waiting for his bus and feeling sorry for himself.   An elderly woman nearby said, “Cheer up, young fellow.  It’s Christmas.  You know, Santa, ho-ho-ho!”  The soldier said, “Let him go ho-ho-ho himself!  When I was ten I asked him for a soldier suit.  This year I got it!”   Some gifts you just don’t want. God needed to be careful for what God asked for… Christmas at first looked like a rotten deal.   Too many complicated personalities and hurt feelings and control issues.  Look what happens in just one of the stories of Jesus’ birth stories.  Poor Joseph…. Can you imagine how he felt?  Mary stops in one day and says, “O Joseph, don’t be upset, but I’m pregnant – Hey it’s [...]

28 12, 2016

Make a Joyful Noise!

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Make a Joyful Noise!   Psalm 98  John 1:1-14    Russell Eidmann-Hicks In 1936, amid the gathering clouds of war that would turn much of Europe and Asia to wilderness, author E. B. White penned this note in The New Yorker: Shopping in Woolworth’s in the turbulent days, we saw a little boy put his hand inquiringly on a ten-cent Christ child, part of a creche. “What is this?” he asked his mother, who had him by the hand. “C’mon, c’mon,” replied the harassed woman, “you don’t want that” She dragged him grimly away, a Woolworth Madonna, her mind dark with gift-thoughts, following a star of her own devising.   We gather here this Christmas morning, having taken a break from opening presents and sharing the many gifts that we give to each other, to remind ourselves of the real meaning of this day.    It is good to be here, because it [...]

12 12, 2016

Strong, Humble & Kind

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Strong, Humble, and Kind    Isaiah 35:1-10,   Luke 1:39-56 Krista Tippet, in her book: Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, shares this creation story, that comes from the Hasidic tradition of the Middle Ages: “In the beginning there was only the holy darkness, the Ein Sof, the source of life. In the course of history, at a moment in time, this world, the world of a thousand, thousand things, emerged from the heart of the holy darkness as a great ray of light. And then, perhaps because this is a Jewish story, there was an accident, and the vessels containing the light of the world, the wholeness of the world, broke. “The wholeness of the world, the light of the world, was scattered into a thousand thousand fragments of light. And they fell into all events and all people, where they remain deeply hidden until [...]

12 12, 2016

Green Shoots

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Green Shoot     Isaiah 11:1-10    Matthew 3:1-12    Russell Eidmann-Hicks    Dec. 4, 2016 Barbara Brown Taylor shares this reflection:   “I knew a woman once who was not sure she wanted to go on living.  She was old.  She lived alone.   She was afraid to go to sleep at night for fear that she would not wake up in the morning, so she lay in her bed waiting for the sun to come up before she dared to shut her eyes.   Then someone who loved her suggested that as long as she was awake, she might as well start listening for the first bird that sang each morning.   Before long, the sound of that bird became the bell that woke her heart to life again.  She named the bird. She discovered what such birds like to eat, and put feeders full of seed in her yard.   Other birds [...]