Joseph: The Willingness to Set Aside Pride

Tim BrusterDear Friends,

This Sunday in our Sanctuary worship we will have a glorious morning of beautiful music with our Christmas Music Festival, featuring world-renowned guest organist Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch. Dr. Welch played the dedicatory concert of the Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ last spring, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to perform this Sunday as we continue to celebrate our magnificent instrument.

As part of our worship, we will hear Choral Union’s presentation of Gloria by John Rutter and A Christmas Gloria by Gary Fry, along with brass and percussion accompaniment. There will also be a heartwarming arrangement of What Child Is This by Barlow Bradford. Please note that to accommodate the timing of this special service, the first service in the Sanctuary will begin at 9:15 am, rather than 9:30. The 11:00 am service will begin at the regular time. 

As we continue our Advent sermon series, Nativity Seen, this Sunday we will focus on Joseph. Our scripture reading will be Matthew 1:18-25. Joseph was a good man, a righteous man who was willing to set aside pride, to risk ridicule, to take his family to Egypt, to resettle in Nazareth and make a life there. He reordered his life, protected his family, and mentored his son in the family trade. He was such an example for Jesus that he would address God as “Abba,” which is usually translated “Father,” but is a much more intimate term — probably better translated as “Daddy.” He had a critical role to play in Jesus’ nativity and in his formation as he grew into adulthood.

I look forward to worshipping with you on this third Sunday of Advent as we experience glorious music and we see nativity in Joseph and in the lives of those who help bring forth the best in others.

Grace and Peace,






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