This week’s gospel shares the story of what happens following Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. Forty days after his arrival, Mary and Joseph travel to Jerusalem to complete the rituals for Mary’s purification and to make an offering at the temple. It was the custom to do so, in gratitude for the life of their newborn son. We see that Jesus is being raised by a family who honor the traditions of their people. But even as they fulfill this ordinary duty, others can see that something unusual is happening in and through the life of this child. The text for Jonathan’s sermon is Luke 2:22-40, and his title is “Extra-ordinary.”
Sunday is New Year’s Eve, so we look forward to the coming new year with hope and joy. It’s also a fifth Sunday of the month, which means donuts in the morning! After 8:30 and before the 10 a.m. services we will also be saying farewell to Kimmie Stradling, as she prepares to head off for a year of adventure and work in Australia.
And what better way to ring in the New Year than by enjoying Tacos with your church family after 3rd service! Whatever plans you have for later, we hope you can join us. All you can eat chicken, pork and steak tacos, rice & beans, chips & salsa, plus something to drink for the suggested donation of $5/person or $15/family.
See you at church!