Preached on: November 25, 2012
Preached by: Rev. Dr. Augustus Succop III
Scripture lesson: Revelation 1: 4b-8
We have spent the fall talking about how God meets our needs through ways of being in the world that are different than the world’s ways: ways that resist how the world does things. God meets our needs for security, well-being, expression, relationships, acceptance, and purpose with practices that bring us into Christ’s abundant life so we don’t have to settle for “the good life.”
But what if these practices aren’t just meant for us? What about others’ needs? Throughout the Bible we see God taking the side of the widow, orphan, and alien and we hear Christ reminding us to love our neighbor as ourselves. So maybe there’s more to these practices, maybe there’s a way of abundant life that combines the things we love to do (that we’re made to do!) with the needs of the poor, hungry, and oppressed?
If all of that is the case, don’t we then have an obligation to then do those things? If you’ve seen The Amazing Spider-Man, you’ve heard a very wise Uncle Ben tell a young Peter Parker, “Your father lived by a philosophy, a principle really. He believed that if you could do good things for other people, you had a moral obligation to do those things. That’s what’s at stake here. Not choice, responsibility.” Jesus doesn’t let us off the hook either: “Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!” (Luke 12:48, The Message).
We’ve all been gifted in more ways than we can count and that means we have huge responsibility to take care of the people and the world God has given us. Join us on Sundays from 4-6 pm this winter as we start to explore the adventure God is calling us to!
Come visit Bethlehem during Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church’s annual Live Nativity, Saturday December 15th and Sunday December 16th! Held on the front lawn of the church, the presentations begin at 6 pm and 7 pm. Our children and youth tell the story of Christ’s birth through scripture, music, dance, and performance with live animals.
Each presentations lasts 20 minutes. Please bring your own chairs and blankets. Parking is available in the lot to the back of the church. Hot chocolate and cookies for all! Visitors may mingle with the actors and animals between presentations.