Velda Rose United Methodist Church
5540 East Main Street Mesa AZ 85205
Unless otherwise noted, The Rev. Dr. Larry Norris Preaching
Sunday, December 9, 2018 2nd Sunday of Advent
Sunday December 16, 2018 3rd Sunday of Advent
Sermon: Listen and Prepare for Joy, The Rev. Daniel Gomez Preaching
Scripture: I Kings 19:1-12; Matthew 11:7-11
The third week of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, is always an occasion of Joy. With these Scripture lessons, however, comes an expectation that the people of God will “do” something to be a part of the inheritance God has promised us. Sometimes we just need to get away in order to hear from that “still small voice” within. This quiet voice is an attribute of the Holy Living God, as Elijah found out when he retreated to a cave where he expected to experience God in a big earthquake with wind and fire. What is your “cave?” What place– perhaps a park, a path, a rocking chair, a shoreline– and what practice–such as walking, journaling, reading, or making art–helps you get quiet enough for long enough so you can hear past the chaos and into the depths of your life? May this Advent season quiet things down and heighten our attention to the “still, small voice” of God and our own true self. Listening through prayer as well as meditation on sacred texts is how we can continue to prepare. So, let us come and rest, come and listen… and prepare top listen in the world.
Sunday Afternoon, December 16, 2018, 3:00 PM
Blue Christmas—a Service of Remembrance, The Rev. Pam Wagner Preaching
While the world is steeped in fun and festivities during the Christmas season, for
some it is a painful reminder of loss or sadness. This is a service of worship for
those who grieve, those who hurt, those who cannot find the joy in the season.
All three of your pastors will participate together in this time of Advent waiting,
acknowledging the deep emotions this season can bring for some and helping
in the healing process that only Christ can bring.
Sunday, December 23, 2018 4th Sunday of Advent
Scripture Lesson: Luke 1:26-38
Sermon Title: “How Can This Be Possible?”
The Annunciation of Jesus’ birth has as its focus exactly that fact – the Advent of Jesus Christ. If we come preloaded with questions about the text’s history, biography, and even biological nuances, they are not answered by Luke. As he begins his two-volume work, the focus is, “You will call him Jesus…Son of the Most High…the throne of his ancestor David…holy…Son of God.” The Annunciation by Gabriel is power-packed!” In this message, we will explore three vital themes. First, that nothing is impossible with God. There are events that cannot be believed and yet must be believed. Second, Mary is blessed with divine favor, which might well be termed, “grace.” The truth is that it is God’s grace that chooses each of us! Third, Mary’s response becomes the model of all who respond to God’s grace. She identifies herself as the servant of the Lord.”
Monday, December 24, 2018 Christmas Eve 5:00 pm, 7:30 pm & 11:00 pm
Sermon Title: “Does The World Need A Savior?”
Luke’s words to the shepherds are strong and powerful: “Do not be afraid; for see - I am bringing you good news of a great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:10). On this Christmas Eve, Christians worldwide celebrate the birth of a small child who is given remarkable titles: “Savior, Messiah, and Lord.” What does this really mean? What did it mean for Luke to call Jesus the “Savior,” and, in particular, what does that mean for us in the 21st Century? The Greek word that Luke uses for Savior is Soter, which means, “Deliverer.” In understanding Jesus as our “Deliverer,” we discover that we can never separate his humble birth in a barn from his ultimate destiny on the cross. We may want a Superman to fix all our problems. What God sent is a Servant who is the Savior!
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Rev. Pamela Wagner, Preaching
Scriptures: Psalm 148 & Luke 2:22-39
The Magi don’t appear in Bethlehem until Jesus is a toddler and Mary and Joseph have set up a home. The time between the birth and their mystical arrival is not totally uneventful, however. The infant is taken to the Temple to be dedicated, and two senior citizens step forward with precious re-affirmation of who this child is.