Christmas Edition – 2018
Any way you look at it, the Christmas story is extraordinary. It tells us of a God who, in love, searches for the people he created and who have rebelled against him. We know from Genesis 3.15 that this search will be fiercely resisted. In Genesis 315 we read, I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
Genesis then narrates the search for the seed crusher, the offspring of the woman. Could it be Abraham, the recipient of God’s promise to bless his people? No. But how about Moses or David, two of the greatest figures in the OT? No.
In Galatians 3:16 we read,16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ.
Finally, Jesus arrives in ignominy, born of a virgin in the small village of Bethlehem. He is the seed or the offspring who will bring about the defeat of Satan, and sin itself – in due time.
One more thing – what does it say about us, that God had to go to extraordinary means to bring about our salvation? How might he accomplish this task, and how can he possibly overcome our own innate sinfulness? If you see a drowning taking place, you don’t just yell instructions on swimming, and you don’t simply shout good advice. No, someone has to jump in and rescue the drowning victim. That is a simple picture of God’s deliverance of us through Jesus Christ. Yet – even this picture underplays the nature of our dilemma – since we dead in sin.
Jim Basinger, Rector
Confirmation – If you are interested in being confirmed, Bishop Daniel Morse will visit us on March 3.
Let me know.
Loudoun Hunger Relief
Collection boxes are near the front doors every Sunday available for donations to Loudoun Hunger Relief (located in Leesburg, Virginia) serving Loudoun County Residents.
Donated items include non-perishable food, hygiene products such as toothpaste and soap; paper towels, household goods and cleaners; items you buy at the store to maintain your house. Money donations are also welcome. Checks can be made to Loudoun Hunger Relief.
On January 13, the Rev. Bob Gresser, will join us as our preacher. Bob is a Ph.D. student in Biblical Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has served for two summers (2016 and 2017) at the Evangelical Theological College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He and his family plan to move to Zomba, Malawi for four months in preparation for a possible long-term assignment after he finishes his Ph.D. Their hope for departure will be March of 2019.
Pledges for 2019
Please return pledges as soon as possible. We also need more people to pledge an additional $100 per month for the building Fund.