What a treat we enjoyed Sunday, December 7 during our worship service at Redeemer Presbyterian Church! Various men from Redeemer sang God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen. Perhaps they’ll reprise their song during our annual Christmas party and talent show.
One of our Redeemer-supported missionaries, Bethany, visited us this Sunday, and a group of our elders had the privilege of praying for her and her ministry in Africa. Read more about Bethany’s adventures and be encouraged by her work by reading her blog.
Though most of our newly elected elders were ordained two weeks ago, Kurt Brewer was out of town that Sunday. So our newly elected and ordained elders plus other elders in the congregation gathered around Kurt this Sunday to ordain him into the Session of Redeemer.
Our senior pastor preached from Luke 2:1-7 drawing our attention also to this verse:
But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:19
We pondered all the details God orchestrated–Roman rulers, feuds, a census, a long journey on foot, a very pregnant Mary–to have his Son born in Bethlehem, the city of David. God made sure we didn’t miss the point of all he had to do to get Mary to Bethlehem. We examined, “Why Bethlehem?” especially since it was such a small, insignificant clan.
“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2
We see God using and choosing the least, the smallest, and the weakest. In the details of His Son’s birth, everything God did communicates to us, “Come near.” He tore down barriers–having his Son, the King of Kings, born in a dirty, smelly stable next to sweaty, road-weary animals, so we have free and open access to the King of Glory. Let’s celebrate these truths this Christmas season! Listen to this sermon and others here.