Christmas: Rest for the Weary

Welcome to this week’s Worship Blog at believeinplace.com.

November 17, 2013

Season’s Meanings:   Christmas: Rest for the Weary.  This week our Season’s Meanings Series takes us into the thick of one of the busiest seasons of the year as we do an anticipatory holiday touchdown on Christmas.  While commonly believed that suicide rates go up at Christmas time, that is a false assumption.  Suicide rates actually tend to go down during the Christmas season, perhaps because of a spirit of care and concern for each other that rises to the surface of our civic life together.

impatient shppers

What is true around the Christmas Season is that people eat and drink more than usual, while also changing normal patterns of sleep and exercise.  Crowds at stores and traffic jams on the decorated   streets – these factors contribute to increased stress.  We may not be killing ourselves in greater numbers at Christmas time, but we are collectively exhausted and impatient.  This actually sounds rather normal for anyone who has welcomed a new baby into their home!

We will use a well-known text from Matthew 11 to ease us into our exploration of Christmas.  We will make three connections between the text and the holiday.  First, Christmas truth is accessible to simple people.  Second, the truth about Jesus and his relationship with God is a revealed truth.  Third, we are all invited into the hope and glory of this revelation.  Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Worship with us this Sunday.  Perhaps our individual and collective blood pressure will go down as we sing, pray, and contemplate the story of Christmas together.

Hymns:  O Come, All Ye Faithful

We Pray Together:   Psalm  98

Christmas Decorations

Message for Young Disciples

Anthem:    Baba Yetu – Christopher Tin – Sung by the Cape Town Youth Choir

Scripture Lesson: Matthew 11:25-30

Today’s Message: “Christmas: Rest for the Weary

Offertory Hymn:   Sing We Now of Christmas – Sung by Pacific Lutheran University Choir

We Sing …    Precious Lord, Take My Hand – UMH #474

May the Peace of Christ be with you.

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Another tune from the Cape Town Youth Choir – Ukukthula

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.