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Faith and Life -- On Christmas

  • Source: Reverend Dawn Blundell, Epworth UMC
Faith and Life -- On Christmas

Author: Stan Lattin

Every so often, Fallon’s faith leaders offer their thoughts on faith and life. Any church or faith community of any kind is welcome and encouraged to participate. If you have ideas for topics we should write about, or if you or your pastor or faith leader would like to participate, please call Pastor Dawn Blundell at Epworth UMC, 775-423-4714.

 

If you’d like to talk more about anything you read here, or if you would like prayer or a listening ear, we hope you will reach out to one of us. If you don’t already have a church home, you are invited to join us for worship. You’ll find contact information and worship times below.

 

Chad Biar, St John’s Lutheran Church

Senior Pastor

Sunday morning worship at 10:00 am; Christmas Eve service at 7:00 pm

For more info, please call 775-423-4146, or visit www.rtgfallon.com

Linus reciting Luke 2 does a pretty good job of saying what the true meaning of Christmas is. But Christmas forces us to reject the idea that God is some kind of impersonal force that’s just out there, observing without interfering. Perhaps wishing a sort of generic happiness for humanity without really caring about the individual members. Instead, we see a God who loves us so dearly that He humbles Himself to break into our world, to experience life as the poor and outcast. To redeem every aspect of human life from zygote to infant to puberty to adult to death. That the barrier between man and God might be torn asunder and we might know the true love that our Creator has for us as His children.

 

 

Celeste Buswell, Trinity Episcopal Church

Worship Leader and Homilist

Sunday morning worship at 10:00 am; Christmas Eve service at 7:00 pm

For more info, please call 775-423-3551

In the words of John Lennon: “So this is Christmas and what have you done?

Many of us attended Fallon’s Christmas tree lighting. A wonderful celebration of the season, everyone gathered in communion with each other to smile, spread cheer, all for a common cause. Christmas spirit was everywhere, especially in the faces of the children. One couldn’t help but feel the spirit of the season.

Hopefully, our shopping, wrapping, and decorating are completed. What else is to be done?

During these past few weeks of Advent, I’ve learned to be silent. Listening to what God is saying to me. To hear what God is asking me to do. To think about Mary and Elizabeth, both with child and how they answered their call to do what was asked of them to do.

Listen to the Christmas spirit. Have faith and she will tell you what needs to be done.

 

 

Mark Hyde, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

For more info, please call 775-742-9040 or visit www.churchofjesuschrist.org

My brother and I knelt in prayer beside a table that supported the lifeless body of our father. We were to dress dad in preparation for his burial. The comforting words of the apostle Paul came to my mind and heart: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”

We celebrate the birth of Christ because of how he lived and how he died for us. His resurrection is proof that He has the power to keep His promises of good things to come.

The spirit of Christmas embodies the hope of good things to come. That hope gives us the patience to bear whatever burdens and trials may come to us in this life and helps us see beyond ourselves. May the hope of victory we have in Christ inspire us to love one another as He loves us.

 

 

Dawn Blundell, Epworth United Methodist Church

Senior Pastor

Sunday morning worship at 9:00 am, sermon live at 9:30 am on Facebook Live and KVLV AM980

Christmas Eve worship at 7:00pm and 11:00pm

For more info, please call 775-423-4714 or visit www.epworthfallon.org

Under a beautiful church in Bethlehem called the Church of the Nativity is a small, low-ceilinged cave where - since at least the 3rd century - people have believed Jesus was born. An ordinary home for ordinary people then, where both people and animals slept. Where Jesus was laid in the manger because there was no space in the guestroom. The culture of the people of Israel then meant that Mary would likely have been surrounded by women and a midwife or two, all praying and supporting and encouraging her. Then praising God together for a healthy mother and child. The men, outside or in another room, would be laughing with joy, relief, and praises to God. This is why Christmas, God born among us, into all of the joy and messiness and fullness of ordinary human life, shows us the depth and power of His love. And in ordinary miracles is where we can find him still.

 

 


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