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Today's post comes with deep appreciation for your participation in the life and work of the Big Red Church. We are a community committed to care and concern for each other. This includes our daily prayers for the well being of all. Thanks be to God!

We are all being confined to our living spaces during these days of change. This has offered us opportunity to reflect on the meaning and purpose of our individual and collective lives. Today's video presents a few of our members sharing songs and thoughts about Christmas. We have lots of talent contributing to the well being of our faith community. This being a sign of God's Grace at work in us and through us.

The video is not long but will give at least a small sense of being together in the spirit.

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We are living in a time of change. The epidemic affecting our whole planet has given us opportunity to reconsider our values and priorities. In some sense, we may think of God's spirit calling us to face the future without fear. As it is written: "Perfect love casts out all fear." That perfect love is a freely given gift of God. We will do well when we open our hearts to hear what God is saying at the very center of our personal and collective being.

Our services have been a bit irregular. Even so, we trust that the spirit of God is offering you insights allowing confidence and courage.

Texts on which the service is based:

Psalm 89:1-4 - I will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. You said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David: 'I will establish your descendants forever, and build your throne for all generations.'"

Romans 16:25-27 - Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith -- to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.

Luke 1:46b-55 - "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever."

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We are now in the third week of Advent. The theme for this week is joy. I am sure that each of you has fond memories of joyful times in your life. It is good to remember such times. Doing so is a little like medicine, specially in these days of testing. My hope is that each of you is getting on well. I say this fully aware that some of you are going through challenging times just now.

The message below begins with a memory from my childhood. As a Dutch family, we did not really celebrate Christmas as folks do today. Our basic gift giving was done on December 5. Christmas day was considered as the time for remembering the gift of God's love given in the birth of Jesus. It seems that Jesus has been replaced by Santa Claus for many people. This reflecting the pattern of change from spiritual reality to material reality. For me this is sad. I understand that healthy spiritual being is the key to a good life.

The video is a bit of a patch work. Getting together as a full group is no longer possible. Hopefully, the spirit of God will bless you as you watch. Grace and peace be with you each and all.

Here is the video:

These are the texts on which the service is based:

Isaiah 61:1-4 - The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion-- to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, to display his glory. They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 - Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil. May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

John 1:6-8 - There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

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