SundayBulletin_January_19_2020
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Welcome to the Pastor’s Corner, and welcome to the website of the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn! We hope that you will find here helpful resources for your spiritual journey.
That early Christians were called the “people of the way” is a reminder to us that we have not yet reached our destination, but continue to make our way along the path of discipleship. What is true of our lives as Christians is also true of this page and site. It, like us, is “a work in progress.”
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And “may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”
(2 Cor. 3:14)

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Message From the Pastor
January 2020

By New Year’s Day, many of us have begun to “pack up” Christmas.  But Christmas is not over until God says it’s over.  For cradled in Christmas is the Incarnation of God.
Mystic and theologian Meister Eckhart (1260-1328) hinted at the significance of the Incarnation, the deeper meaning of Christmas, when he asked, “What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly but does not take place within myself? And what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace if I am not also full of grace?  What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his Son if I do not give birth to him in
my time and culture?” 
The Incarnation begins with Jesus but it does not stop there; it flows also unto us and through the world God has made.  For the Incarnation was never only about the baby Jesus but about the Cosmic Christ.  The unity of matter and spirit, at one ever since God decided to manifest God’s self in the creation (the Cosmic Christ), now becomes visibly so through the Incarnation of the Jesus.  Through the Incarnation we are helped to see the essential union of the material and the spiritual worlds, how everything material incarnates the Divine. In the Incarnation the visible world becomes for us the doorway to the invisible world, the pointing finger to Immanuel, God With Us, the One who has come and the One who shall come again in the Resurrection. 
The Resurrection is already present within the DNA of Incarnation.  Christmas foreshadows, or rather, fore-lightens, Easter.  For God not only emptied himself for us and for our world when Jesus yielded up his life, God also emptied himself in the first instance, and at even greater cost, by becoming human.  Any why?  We might say that love made Him do it.
John’s Gospel proclaims that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son (John 3:16).  In giving up his only Son, God also gave himself up as Father.   All this expressed God’s love and solidarity with the created world.  Because of the Incarnation, we can know that God is at home with materiality and finitude.  Bodies matter to our God, ours and God’s own.  How not?  For the Creation itself is God’s embodiment.  Creation is the
body of God.
Christmas is not over until God says it’s over. For cradled in Christmas is the         Incarnation of God.

                                                                                  See you in church,
Pastor Fred

 

PASTOR FRED'S SERMONS

Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2010-11
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2012
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2013
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2014

Sunday Bulletin Archive 2015
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2016
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2017
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2018

 
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