Into Your Arms

Into Your Arms … Do you remember at the end of his life on earth Jesus, with breath enough for only a few more words, said: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” (Luke 23:46.) On December 28 we will hear the story of Simeon and Anna. Both had been praying their whole life long that they would see the Lord’s Christ – “the consolation of Israel”. With the child in his arms Simeon warns his parents that while this son of theirs would cause many to rise, he and his message would also come against great opposition.Pieta

It’s one thing to gaze on something from afar; it can be quite another thing to come close – to embrace what has only been a distant image. Jesus begins his life in someone’s arms. As he ends his life he again entrusts himself into the hands (arms?) of his Father. Can we do the same?

Our text for this Sunday is Luke 2:22-40.

The Sermon is titled: Into Your Arms.

We invite you to worship with us this weekend at First UMC Burlington. Worship begins at 9:45. Coffee and light refreshments are served at 9 AM and again immediately following the service.


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.