As we continue our Advent sermon series, Nativity Seen, we will focus on the shepherds this Sunday. Our scripture reading will be Luke 2:8-20.
This week, the title of my sermon in Sanctuary worship will be “The Shepherds: The Pursuit of Wonder and Joy.” The shepherds were the first to hear the good news that Jesus had been born, and they were struck with awe and wonder and joy. Not only that, but they wanted to go and see for themselves.
In the shepherds we see both holy experience and examined faith. We see in the shepherds a growing curiosity — a hunger and thirst for the experience and knowledge of the sacred. When the shepherds make their way into Bethlehem, they find the Holy Family just as the angels had said. Through their pursuit of wonder and joy, they saw the nativity of the Christ child, God with us, Emmanuel, the Word made flesh. It was for them the beginning of a new life with a new perspective.
Can our own pursuit of wonder and joy and knowledge and experience lead us to the nativity of Christ in us? Can that pursuit lead us to a nativity, a new life, a new beginning, a fresh start, a new perspective in each of us? I look forward to pursuing this with you on Sunday.
Grace and Peace,