The Christmas story reminds us that Jesus shows up in the midst of a messy, weary world.  So instead of waiting to experience hope and joy some other time, when life is more normal, we are invited to seek him in our weariness rather than beyond it.

This series will explore how we discover the joy of Jesus in the weariness of our lives. through the familiar birth narrative in the first two chapters of Luke, drawing out a particular difficulty and the presence of God in the midst of it.

November 28 - Longing

December 5 - Disruption



December 12 - Injustice

December 19 - Exhaustion

December 24 - Joy

Luke 2:8-20

The Shepherds and the Angels

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”[a]

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

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  1. Luke 2:14 Some manuscripts peace, good will among men