Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (4)

Scripture Readings Hebrews 2:10-18; Judges 16:1-7, 23-31 Introduction Han van Meegeren painted a work in the style of the great Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer and titled it “The Supper at Emmaus”, fooling the critics who thought it was a lost masterpiece of Johannes Vermeer. The painting was sold for millions of dollars, and displayed in the Boijmans … Continue reading Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (4)

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Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (2)

Scripture Reading  Judges 13:24-14:20 Introduction All Sunday school children will encounter the story of Samson.  About all children’s Bibles will have a full-colour page of Samson tearing the lion to bits.   What do you remember of Samson?  How should we understand the story of Samson?  The official synopsis of the 1951 film reads: When … Continue reading Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (2)

Christmas: God rent the heavens

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 63:7-9 Isaiah 63:15-19 Isaiah 64:5-9 Isaiah 64:1-4, Luke 2:8-14 My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, God is good and merciful We come together tonight and we can only say, “How good is God!” With Isaiah we say: I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord, the praises of the … Continue reading Christmas: God rent the heavens