God Sends Jesus into Our Hearts

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Learning for Life: Starts January 14
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: December 31, 2017

Newsletter: December 2017

Scriptures: Galatians 3:27-4:7Psalm 110:1-5Matthew 1:17-25

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

I remember when I was a teen, coming across an episode of The Prisoner one night while flipping through channels. It was a 17 part TV series that ran in 1968 and I had never never seen anything like it. The main character is trapped in a village where every movement is watched and there appears to be no escape. I still find the visuals and the themes captivating.

What impact do technology and society have on our freedom? To what degree are we prisoners trapped within our own sin?

To some degree, I think people recognize that we are each at odds with the world as it is and, whats even more challenging, at odds with ourselves.

Our scripture passages this week have the same problems in view. Humanity is held captive both by the elements of the world and by its own sin. The good news is the Father sent Jesus through the Holy Spirit to break the power of both these forces.

Mary showed us the way we are invited into the freedom won by Jesus: by allowing the Holy Spirit to birth Jesus inside of us.

The Prisoner opening titles

“The most evil essence is ourselves, it is within each of us; the most dangerous thing on earth is what is within us. And so therefore that is what I made Number One: an image of himself that he (the main character) was trying to beat.” – Patrick McGoohan, creator, writer and producer of The Prisoner.

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