The Christmas Eve services at Eastbrook were themed around a line from “O Holy Night”: “a thrill of hope, a weary world rejoices.” My message in the services explored that theme, turning attention to how Jesus helps us see what God is really like and how the incarnation gives us true hope. In particular, I drew upon Hebrews 1:1-3:
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.
I attempted to draw into sharper focus three ways that Jesus shows us something about God:
- That God exists
- That God cares for us and the world more than we understand
- That God is here – God “shows up”
You can watch the message below.
Let the just rejoice,
for their Justifier is born.
Let the sick and infirm rejoice,
For their Savior is born.
Let the captives rejoice,
For their Redeemer is born.
Let slaves rejoice,
for their Master is born.
Let free men rejoice,
For their Liberator is born.
Let All Christians rejoice,
For Jesus Christ is born.
By St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Dusty, the longing rises from the ground,
a small leafy sprout breaking from the stump.
Where the green is, eyes look in wonder,
as hope grows from sprout to sapling.
The earth, scorched with anger and loss,
ignores at first, but cannot fail to notice,
amidst the ashen landscape, as first leaves
and buds begin to raise their forms to light.
While all around seems decayed with death,
here – only here – life begins again.
Like a phoenix, hope surges in flames,
as Holy Spirit quivers amongst every leaf and branch.
Now, now is the moment, the time of arrival,
and all the angels cry out, “Glory!”
who hast given us thy only-begotten Son
to take our nature upon him,
and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin;
Grant that we being regenerate,
and made thy children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit;
through the same our Lord Jesus Christ,
who liveth and reigneth with thee
and the same Spirit ever,
one God, world without end. Amen.
Source: The Book of Common Prayer (1928)
We live in a weary, broken world—but not without hope! This Christmas Eve we invite you into the celebration of hope that is found for everyone in Jesus. “And His Name will be the hope of all the world.” (Matthew 12:21)
Join us for worship services on Christmas Eve at Eastbrook Church for a celebration of Jesus, the Light of the world! We will have four identical services at 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, and 5:30 PM.
Find directions to Eastbrook here.