This Sunday’s Gospel reading finds John the Baptist in prison, asking if Jesus is really the one sent by God. Maybe it is because John is in prison that he asks that question — after all, if the Messiah has come, why would one of God’s faithful be held captive. Jesus replied that John should look and see what is happening: the promised fulfillment of the prophets has come. The blind see, the lame walk, and other signs are fulfilled.
Sometimes we, too, ask “What is going on?” Why do bad things happen? Is God with us, or not? Christmas is God’s answer to our question, and a call for us to look around and see the ways that God is working in the world. God’s kingdom is not complete, but there are signs that God is with us. Christmas calls us to look and see what God is doing amongst us.
We will celebrate God-with-us at 9 am and 10:30 am.
Note: The weather service has issued a warning for our area of snow starting mid day Saturday and continuing into Saturday evening. Accumulation predictions range from 4 to 8 inches, with the lower end of the range most likely for our area. Our landscaping service is prepared to clear the snow and prepare the walks in time for worship on Sunday morning. We will have worship at both services.
If at all possible, I especially encourage those with Sunday School students to come out on Sunday. We need to complete the preparations for the pageant which will be presented on the 22nd. At this point, we expect the snow will have been cleared and roads prepared by Sunday morning, but of course, use your best judgement based on the conditions at that time. Please use caution when traveling.
See you in church — we hope!