CSN – MLK Sunday

First Grace – where the city worships
This Sunday at First Grace
 
Sunday school (all ages) meet at 10:00 AM.
Worship
9:00 AM Spanish Language Worship
11:10 AM English Language Worship
Scripture:
Amos 5:21-24
Message:
“Pebbles of Hope”

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 Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Quotes
“True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.” (Stride Toward Freedom)
 
“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.” (from ‘Letter From Birmingham Jail,’ April 16, 196)
 
For when people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.”
 
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” (from Strength to Love, 1963)
 
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” (from Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Oslo, Norway, 1964.)
 
“The contemporary tendency in our society is to base our distribution on scarcity…and to compress our abundance into the overfed mouths of the middle and upper classes until they gag with superfluity. If democracy is to have breadth of meaning, it is necessary to adjust this inequity. It is not only moral, but it is also intelligent. We are wasting and degrading human life by clinging to archaic thinking.” (“Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” 1967)
 
“Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.” (Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, 1967)
 
“We need to pledge ourselves anew to the cause of Christ. We must capture the spirit of the early church. Wherever the early Christians went, they made a triumphant witness for Christ. Whether on the village streets or in the city jails, they daringly proclaimed the good news of the gospel.”
 
“With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.”  (I Have a Dream Speech)
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Tree Giveaway First Grace is hosting a tree giveaway on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 9 am until 12 noon. The event is presented by NOLA Tree Project with the sponsorship of Energy and the Apache Foundation. One free tree will be available to persons attending with additional trees at $15 each. There will be 500 trees of 30 different varieties. FGUMC Green Team is hosting this event. For more information go to nolatreeproject.org
 
First Grace Coffee Hour – Immediately after Worship on Sunday in the Fellowship Hall.
 
Upper Room – Available Sunday on the hospitality table.
LEARNING
The Spirituality of Imperfection-Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study, 6:15 PM-7:30 PM, beginning, 1-17-2018, Upstairs Conference Room, parking lot side. This on going pastor’s study, “…relates the continuing story of both the inevitability of pain and the possibility of healing within the pain.” (The unavoidable cross and the inevitability of resurrection.) Our time together will give you a community to be honest with, help you develop self-awareness, along with some tools to work with, and help you understand what God has to do with your healing, hope and peace of mind.

THE GATHERING – FIRST GRACE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Contact Adria Kimbrough at adriakimbrough@gmail.com.  Join us in the upstairs conference room!

January 14 A Bold Faith
Purpose: To sustain a faith that is not eroded by pressure or crushed by oppression. (Scripture: Daniel 3:19-23, 26-28)

January 21 A Prayer for an Obedient Faith
Purpose: To purify our faith by confessing our collective and individual sins to our loyal God. (Scripture: Daniel (:4-8, 15-19)
January 28 Shomade Sunday
Couple Ministry – meets each month on the first Monday and is using “7 Inhibitors of Intimacy” along with “Marriage Today” by Jimmy Evans. The series will run through May 7th. The next meeting is rescheduled to January 15th, 2018. For additional information please contact Jennifer Moss, 504-616-7431.

First Grace Parents Prayer Line Every Wednesday at 8:30 PM. Call 641.715.3580, Access Code 838575#.

Men’s Morning Call, Tuesday, 7:15-8:15AM at Morning Call Café in City Park, “Illusions” by Richard Bach -All are welcome.
Disciple II continues each Thursday at 1:00 PM in the Parlor. Led by Toni Antrum.

Monday Meditation 6 PM -6:45 PM, each week in the Chapel.
Monday Meditation is a guided meditation by Dan Thelen (dthelen2520@gmail.com).

Green Tip Let’s get back to some tips about organizing and decluttering the house for the new year. Are all those hotel-size lotions, soaps and shampoos from your last vacation still taking up space? The Tuesday Meal and Odyssey House, which aids drug and alcohol addicts in their recovery, needs unused travel-size toiletry items, which also can include mouthwash and toothpaste. Make sure items are alcohol free.  

SERVING
Tuesday Meal RESUMES TUESDAY, JANUARY 16tk
The meal is served at 12:30 PM and volunteers are always needed.   You may contact Marilyn Prince at marilynprince1949@yahoo.com or contact the church office.

Desmond Project Looking for a way to make a difference in our community. The Desmond Project provides a healthy, nutritious meal to the men, women and children at the New Orleans Mission every Saturday evening. Contact Jackie Vinson at blaqjacque@gmail.com.

SOCIAL JUSTICE
Sanctuary Opportunities
The Sanctuary Hospitality Committee at FGUMC have been asked to support the following:

Family Transportation-A need for a few people who have reliable vehicles that can fit 3 or more people to rotate driving Jose’s family, especially to church on Sunday afternoons.  Please sign up here for more information:  https://goo.gl/forms/KWyO3919xvIpLouq2.  Or, mail or deliver an Uber or Lyft gift card to Attn: Sanctuary Committee, First Grace UMC, 3401 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119. 

Weekly Groceries– Sign up at https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4 to deliver a week’s worth of groceries for Jose (& his family).  Feel free to partner up with a few friends as each sign up is for a whole week of food. FGSanctuaryCommittee@gmail.com. will email you his grocery list a few days before you’re scheduled.
Monthly Phone Bill– Donate at the donation link at https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4.  Or, mail or deliver a pre-paid visa card to Attn: Sanctuary Committee, First Grace UMC, 3401 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119.
  
5 Ways to make a gift
1.    Online:   On Realm/Vanco Services

https://onrealm.org/firstgracenola/Give/FYGZRMCPOI

2.  Use  your smart phone and scan the UC Code below.
Note: The UC code reader app is free through the Apple Store or GooglePlay

3. Text Messaging

Send a text 73256 and in the body of the message type FIRSTGRACENOLA GIVING and follow the prompts. Standard text message rates do apply.

4.    Automatic draft:    Please set-up with your Financial Institution

5.    The Old Fashion Way: Write a check
First Grace, 3401 Canal Street, New Orleans, 70119

First Grace Statement of Affirmation

First Grace is an urban community of faith embracing all of God’s children as persons of sacred worth, regardless of station in life, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We invite and welcome all persons to join us as disciples who believe in the transforming love of God revealed in Jesus Christ from which nothing can separate us.

CSN – Terence Blanchard

 

First Grace – where the city worships

This Sunday at First Grace

 Sunday school (all ages) meet at 10:00 AM.

 Worship
9:00 AM Spanish Language Worship
11:10 AM English Language Worship

 Scripture:
Galatians 3:28

Message:
First Grace welcomes our
Prophetic Pulpit Speaker
Mr. Terence Blanchard
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 Terence Blanchard the New Orleans-born and -based artist has traveled many paths musically composing over 50 soundtracks and even, in 2013, debuting Champion: An Opera in Jazz. Champion is the true story of a gay boxer in the 1960s, welterweight world champion Emile Griffith, and his fateful fights with rival Benny Paret.

He began playing piano by the age of five, switched to trumpet three years later, and played alongside childhood friend Marsalis in summer band camps. While in high school, he took extracurricular classes at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts with Roger Dickerson and Ellis Marsalis. From 1980 to 1982, Blanchard studied under Paul Jeffrey and Bill Fielder at Rutgers University in New Jersey while touring with Lionel Hampton’s orchestra. In 1982 Blanchard replaced Wynton Marsalis under his recommendation in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, working in that band up to 1986 as lead soloist and musical director. He then co-led a prominent quintet with saxophonist Donald Harrison, recording seven albums for the Concord, Columbia, and Evidence record labels in five years, including a stirring in-concert tribute to the Eric Dolphy/Booker Little ensemble. “Growing up I was listening to the Head Hunters and Weather Report, which had a strong effect on me. I always listened to groove-based music-Jimi Hendrix, Parliament Funkadelic and then later listening to Prince and D’Angelo and later what [jazz trumpeter] Russell Gunn was doing.”

LEARNING

The Spirituality of Imperfection-Pastor’s Tuesday Night Study, 6:15 PM-7:30 PM, beginning, 1-17-2018, Upstairs Conference Room, parking lot side. This on going pastor’s study, “…relates the continuing story of both the inevitability of pain and the possibility of healing within the pain.” (The unavoidable cross and the inevitability of resurrection.) Our time together will give you a community to be honest with, help you develop self-awareness, along with some tools to work with, and help you understand what God has to do with your healing, hope and peace of mind.

THE GATHERING – FIRST GRACE ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS Contact Adria Kimbrough at adriakimbrough@gmail.com.  Join us in the upstairs conference room! 

January 7 A Sincere Faith
Purpose: To demonstrate faith that lives out its conviction.
(Scripture: Daniel 1:3-21)
January 14 A Bold Faith
Purpose: To sustain a faith that is not eroded by pressure or crushed by oppression. (Scripture: Daniel 3:19-23, 26-28)
January 21 A Prayer for an Obedient Faith
Purpose: To purify our faith by confessing our collective and individual sins to our loyal God. (Scripture: Daniel (:4-8, 15-19)
January 28 Shomade Sunday

Couple Ministry – meets each month on the first Monday and is using “7 Inhibitors of Intimacy” along with “Marriage Today” by Jimmy Evans. The series will run through May 7th. The next meeting is rescheduled to January 15th, 2018. For additional information please contact Jennifer Moss, 504-616-7431.

First Grace Parents Prayer Line Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM. Call 641.715.3580, Access Code 838575#.

Men’s Morning Call, Tuesday, 7:15-8:15AM at Morning Call Café in City Park, “Illusions” by Richard Bach -All are welcome.

Disciple II continues each Thursday at 1:00 PM in the Parlor. Led by Toni Antrum. New day and time.   

Monday Meditation 6 PM -6:45 PM, each week in the Chapel.
Monday Meditation is a guided meditation by Dan Thelen (dthelen2520@gmail.com).  Resumes on January 8th.

Green Tip   

It’s time to recycle your Christmas tree!
Orleans Parish:  Those residents served by Richard’s Disposal (most of the city) place your tree curbside before 5am your regularly scheduled second collection day the week of Jan 11 and Jan 13.
Those served by Empire Services (French Quarter and Downtown Development District) should place theirs curbside before 4 am on Thurs, Jan 11.
Jefferson Parish:  Place trees curbside on Jan 10. Trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood between Jan 11 and Jan 13.
Remember to remove ALL ornaments, tinsel, stands, lights. Only natural, unlocked trees accepted.
SERVING

Tuesday Meal
The meal is served at 12:30 PM and volunteers are always needed.   You may contact Marilyn Prince at marilynprince1949@yahoo.com or contact the church office.  Tuesday Meal will resume on January 16th.  

Desmond Project
Looking for a way to make a difference in our community. The Desmond Project provides a healthy, nutritious meal to the men, women and children at the New Orleans Mission every Saturday evening. Contact Jackie Vinson at blaqjacque@gmail.com.

SOCIAL JUSTICE
Sanctuary Opportunities 
The Sanctuary Hospitality Committee at FGUMC have been asked to support the following:
Family Transportation-A need for a few people who have reliable vehicles that can fit 3 or more people to rotate driving Jose’s family, especially to church on Sunday afternoons.  Please sign up here for more information:  https://goo.gl/forms/KWyO3919xvIpLouq2.  Or, mail or deliver an Uber or Lyft gift card to Attn: Sanctuary Committee, First Grace UMC, 3401 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119.
Weekly Groceries– Sign up at https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4 to deliver a week’s worth of groceries for Jose (& his family).  Feel free to partner up with a few friends as each sign up is for a whole week of food. FGSanctuaryCommittee@gmail.com. will email you his grocery list a few days before you’re scheduled.
Monthly Phone Bill– Donate at the donation link at https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4.  Or, mail or deliver a pre-paid visa card to Attn: Sanctuary Committee, First Grace UMC, 3401 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119.
5 Ways to make a gift
1.    Online:   On Realm/Vanco Services

https://onrealm.org/firstgracenola/Give/FYGZRMCPOI

2.  Use  your smart phone and scan the UC Code below.
Note: The UC code reader app is free through the Apple Store or GooglePlay

3. Text Messaging

Send a text 73256 and in the body of the message type FIRSTGRACENOLA GIVING and follow the prompts. Standard text message rates do apply.

4.    Automatic draft:    Please set-up with your Financial Institution

5.    The Old Fashion Way: Write a check
First Grace, 3401 Canal Street, New Orleans, 70119

 

First Grace Statement of Affirmation

First Grace is an urban community of faith embracing all of God’s children as persons of sacred worth, regardless of station in life, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We invite and welcome all persons to join us as disciples who believe in the transforming love of God revealed in Jesus Christ from which nothing can separate us.

,

CSN – Life at First Grace

 

First Grace – where the city worships

 

This Sunday at First Grace  
 
Sunday school (all ages) will resume on January 7th.

 

 

 

Worship

 

9:00 AM Spanish Language Worship

11:10 AM English Language Worship

Scripture:

          Message:

 

Rev., Dr. Torin Sanders
Sixth Baptist Church

 

  

 

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Pastor Shawn’s reading + recommendations for 2018
  • Podcast: On Being. Te Nehisi Coates interviewed by Krista Tippet. Imagining a New America. Coates is one of the most important voices in America today.https://onbeing.org/programs/ta-nehisi-coates-imagining-a-new-america-nov2017/
  • Barking to the Choir-The Power of Radical Kinship, Gregory Boyle, Founder of Homeboy and Homegirl Industries-“I’ve learned from giving thousands of talks that you never appeal to the consciousness of your audience but, rather, introduce them to their own goodness.” A quote from the introduction.
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saez. A coming of age novel for tweens. My then 13 year old daughter insisted that I read this book. I’m grateful
  • Deep Is the Hunger-meditations by Rev. Howard Thurman. Martin L King’s mentor, and a rare spiritual and theological voice.
  • Parable of the Sower, and Parable of the Talents, Octavia Butler.A two part, science fiction series about a teenage girl in America in 2030-75. While written in the 1990’s about America in 2030, it a feels a bit too real-environmentally and politically.
  • All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr. A WWII historical novel about a German boy and a French girl and the choices they make during the time of War.
  • The Spirituality of Imperfection, Ernest Kurtz & Katherine Ketcham. A rich book about the Divine, self-awareness, and what to do with it.
  • Divine Therapy and Addiction-centering prayer and the 12 steps, This is actually an interview with Father Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk. It is practical and deep, and offers the spirituality of the 12 Steps without needing to be an alcoholic to benefit.
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, 2016 Drew University Commencement Address: A Letter to Future Generations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyCo_0Geoxc

 

 

 

The Youth Ministry is asking if there is anyone who has a sofa to donate for the youth Sunday School room upstairs. Please contact Marice Bailey at firstgraceumcyouth@gmail.com with pictures or details about the furniture you would like to donate.

 

 

 

 

 

The Adult Choir resumes rehearsal on January 3, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Chapel.

 

 

   

 

 

LEARNING
  

Couple Ministry – meets each month on the first Monday and is using

“7 Inhibitors of Intimacy” along with “Marriage Today” by Jimmy Evans. The series will run through May 7th and the next meeting is on Monday, January 8, 2018. For additional information please contact Jennifer Moss, 504-616-7431.

 

First Grace Parents Prayer Line Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM. Call 641.715.3580, Access Code 838575#.

Men’s Morning Call, Tuesday, 7:15-8:15AM at Morning Call Café in City Park, “Illusions” by Richard Bach -All are welcome.
Disciple II continues each Thursday at 1:00 PM in the Parlor. Led by Toni Antrum. New day and time. Resumes on January 8th.

Monday Meditation 6 PM -6:45 PM, each week in the Chapel.

Monday Meditation is a guided meditation by Dan Thelen (dthelen2520@gmail.com).  Resumes on January 8th.

 

Green Tip

Green Tip Happy New Year! If you want to get organized and de-clutter this year, some tips to help will be listed for the next several weeks. Linen closet:  if you are replacing towels, bath rugs or blankets, consider donating your old ones to area animal rescues. These groups can use old sheets, pet beds and other pet gear. The LA SPCA can use bedding of any kind and even old or mismatched socks. (These are used to make cat toys!) They also request bags of unopened pet food and kitty litter either opened or unopened. Tennis balls, heating pads, newspaper and plastic bags are also needed. Contact the SPCA at 504-368-5191. They are located at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd on the West Bank. The Tuesday Community meal will also accept kitchen towels.

 

SERVING

 

 

Tuesday Meal

The meal is served at 12:30 PM and volunteers are always needed.   You may contact Marilyn Prince at marilynprince1949@yahoo.com or contact the church office.  Tuesday Meal will resume on January 16th.

 

Desmond Project Looking for a way to make a difference in our community. The Desmond Project provides a healthy, nutritious meal to the men, women and children at the New Orleans Mission every Saturday evening. Contact Jackie Vinson at blaqjacque@gmail.com, or Neil Poynter at

 

 

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE

 

 

Sanctuary Opportunities

 

The Sanctuary Hospitality Committee at FGUMC have been asked to support the following:

 

Jose’s birthday is 12/30.  Please consider dropping off or mailing Jose an encouraging birthday or Christmas card (in Spanish or English) to:  Attn: Jose Torres, First Grace UMC, 3401 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119.  Jose has his own mailbox so your card or gift will go directly to him.  
Family Transportation-A need for a few people who have reliable vehicles that can fit 3 or more people to rotate driving Jose’s family, especially to church on Sunday afternoons.  Please sign up here for more information:  https://goo.gl/forms/KWyO3919xvIpLouq2 .  Or, mail or deliver an Uber or Lyft gift card to Attn: Sanctuary Committee, First Grace UMC, 3401 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119.
Weekly Groceries– Sign up at  https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4  to deliver a week’s worth of groceries for Jose (& his family).  Feel free to partner up with a few friends as each sign up is for a whole week of food. FGSanctuaryCommittee@gmail.com. will email you his grocery list a few days before you’re scheduled.
 
Monthly Phone Bill– Donate at the donation link at https://mealtrain.com/0nv3k4.  Or, mail or deliver a pre-paid visa card to Attn: Sanctuary Committee, First Grace UMC, 3401 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Ways to make a gift
1.    Online:   On Realm/Vanco Services

https://onrealm.org/firstgracenola/Give/FYGZRMCPOI

2.  Use  your smart phone and scan the UC Code below.
Note: The UC code reader app is free through the Apple Store or GooglePlay

3. Text Messaging

Send a text 73256 and in the body of the message type FIRSTGRACENOLA GIVING and follow the prompts. Standard text message rates do apply.

4.    Automatic draft:    Please set-up with your Financial Institution

5.    The Old Fashion Way: Write a check
First Grace, 3401 Canal Street, New Orleans, 70119

 

 

 

 

 

First Grace Statement of Affirmation

First Grace is an urban community of faith embracing all of God’s children as persons of sacred worth, regardless of station in life, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We invite and welcome all persons to join us as disciples who believe in the transforming love of God revealed in Jesus Christ from which nothing can separate us.

,

Bethlehem and Bourbon Street

Pastor Shawn’s Christmas Eve Message: Bethlehem and Bourbon Street
I always have identified with the Inn keeper.
It’s the knock. You open the door …and it’s not a Jehovah’s Witness. Nothing against Jehovah Witnesses. And, there. God has confronted you with a real live person…an incarnation … “everything that has life has come into being through the Christ…”
I am still surprised at how often I fail at treating the person like an incarnation. But, you know God. God just keeps sending incarnations. ” Try again-bonehead”…God would never say bonehead…but in my head I imagine God saying, “bonehead.”
One late afternoon, this past week,
I was walking through the lobby of the church
and there were 4 women.
I introduced myself and asked if they were being helped.
They said they were waiting for someone from Hagar’s House. Hagar’s House is our beautiful home for women and children
Who are without a home.
A few minutes passed and Amber, the director, arrived and I went on my way.
Later, Amber told me that these women were (Bourbon Street) dancers.
They were donating some of their earnings to support shelters for women and children.
The women were giving Hagar’s House “a bit more than they had planned” because some of the other places would not take their money.
Being the pastor, and spiritual leader,
I got right to the important matter at hand-the bottomline.
How much?
Amber did not know. She had not opened the envelopes.
Being the pastor, I said lets’ open the envelopes.
We opened four envelopes with checks totaling $3,865.
That’s a lot of money… for dancers.
(We happen to be about $25,000 short…now we are $22,135 short.)
Life really is so beautiful and so painful.
So complicated and so messy.
Kinda-like a babe……….. in a manger
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In the Jewish tradition there is a story about a master Rabbi, who is training young rabbis.
Master Rabbi Kotze asks the young rabbi’s.
“Where does God dwell?”
The young rabbis looked at each other, knowingly,
And one says,
“Master, is not the whole earth full of God’s glory?”
Master Rabbi Kotze responds-“yes”…long pause…
Then he adds,
“God dwells wherever we allow God in.” (Buber)
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The glory of God is everywhere; sure ’nuff.
Yet, as the Master Rabbi is suggesting,
If we have been trained, encouraged and have learned from birth to see ourselves and everything else on earth as LESS THAN THE GLORY GOD it may be a little difficult to be awe struck by each other. To see each other as incarnations, much less THE full-blown incarnation.
So, how does God get in?
 
From the best I can tell, Any way She can!
Our Christmas story that our youth read so beautifully for us tonight, it tells us that God is a bit of a trickster…
God has the relentless spirit of Lin Manuel’s version of Alexander Hamilton.
God is not throwing away God’s shot…
“Not throwing away my shot. Just like the country,
I’m Young / scrappy and hungry, And I’m not throwing away my shot!”
Neither is God throwing away God’s shot.
God never gives up…the knocks just keep coming!
God will incarnate in burning bushes, whirlwinds, bolts of Light and even humble God’s self to be born a babe in a manger.
Or, a babe from Bourbon Street,
God has no shame. God has love-endless love!
Endless acceptance.
If you are the Inn Keeper, or put another away,
the Pastor, the respectable boss, the distinguished mom,
the hostess with the mostest…it can be hard to let God IN!!!
you can hear the voices-in your well trained head,
what will people think?
You going to let a pregnant woman sleep in your barn?
Take money from dancers?
You going to church?
Do you believe in virgin births, stars and babes?
But God just keeps trying, trying and trying to lower you off of your mountain and raise those you are looking down at in the valley.
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You might understandably hesitate on letting God IN,
It is often humbling…which, of course is the only way to let God in.
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Strangely, in all this hot mess of a world,
One thing we can know for sure is when it is Christmas. When our trickster God has gotten IN.
 
Gotten in Somehow…
Through the grind of our Brutal economics,
Passed the numbing drug of our choice,
Under our haughty education,
Around the walls of our self-righteous religion and politics.
And miraculously in front of our endless array of screens– computer screens, phone screens, Ipads, Television, and watch screens, glass screens …
all the things we are taught from birth to believe will save us.
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When God gets IN…we know it.
You see a babe…in a manger, no crib for a bed, is no longer s shameful thing, but Christ. The savior of the world.
And a babe… on Bourbon Street …is no longer a babe at all.
But, a somebody.
Somebody’s peeps.
Somebody’s 20 year old daughter.
Somebody- Trying to make room in the world.
Somebody-in a messed up; complicated world,
trying to do a little good-if the world will let her…. IN.
somebody standing right in front of you knocking wondering if you have room for her humble offering from the valley of dolls!
When they become the incarnation right in front of you,
That’s when you know its Christmas. That God really does send babes to be received by our hearts so that old men dream again of peace on earth and goodwill to all people.
Merry Christmas,
pastor shawn