1st Sunday after Christmas - Sermon based on Luke 2:22-40 - The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
Sermon Title: Use Your Gift & Glorify God
Dear Friends in Christ;
We’ve had the Advent Services and Midweek Services. The Christmas Pageant last Sunday was wonderful. The Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve was a favorite of many… We’ve sung carols and had an exchange of gifts.
We all know that it is better to give than to receive. I can vouch for that. Sometimes receiving is the hardest part. How do you do it gracefully? When you take stock of all the gifts you received, there might be one or two that you aren’t quite sure about, right?! I mean you’re looking at these things and wondering to yourself, “How am I going to be able to USE this?” Because when you receive, it is important to show the giver that you care, isn’t it? As a dad, I’ve gotten my fair share of sweaters over the years, and knowing that they were given in love, I want to show my love in return, and so I do that by wearing them… don’t you?
About a week ago, my wife and I watched a movie, sort of a biography, about Rich Mullins. He was a Contemporary Christian Music artist – some of you may have heard of him. At the very end of the movie, while the credits were rolling, they showed a couple of clips from his last concert, and he did a bit about sweaters. He used this story about Irish fishermen to convey a point, and I think it might be helpful here today… Click Here for the PDF of the complete sermon...