On this "Holy Family" Sunday, Matthew's Gospel recounts the story of not just one family, but two: the Holy Family and the Herodian Family. By comparing and contrasting these two families we discover that there are different ways of being family, and different ways of living in the world.
Christmas is a time of shopping and gift giving, but George Bailey learned that life’s best gifts aren’t found in any store.
4 p.m. Children’s Service
7 p.m. & 10 p.m. Christmas Eve Eucharist
Also: Dec. 25th: 9 a.m. Christmas Morning Service
When George first meets Clarence, he is skeptical, calling him a “liar.” But by the end, George is praying: “I want to live again. Please God, let me live again.” Do we believe God can change our lives? (10:30 Service: Nine Lessons and Carols)
George Bailey is constantly tempted to keep pace with others in pursuit of material possessions. A better job, a nicer car, a newer house: how do we resist greed and choose contentment instead?
There’s a sign in Peter Bailey’s office that reads: “All that you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.” It is in helping others that we discover the wonder of life. The movie "It's a Wonderful LIfe" challenges us to surrender our life, and give it away for others. Today we examine this theme as it relates to Christ's own self-giving love seen in the incarnation at Christmastime.
George Bailey is a champion of the underdogs, and he himself isn’t all that famous. Fame is no guarantee of success, and sometimes the quietest lives speak the loudest. Today we begin our journey through Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," and we discover that God uses ordinary people for his purposes. Most times it's not the rich and famous that God chooses: He prefers ordinary folks - the George Bailey's of the world. After all, the Christmas story itself is about fairly ordinary folks being used for God's purposes. Today we salute the "ordinariness" of life, and the part that we play in bringing God's Kingdom to life.
Canon Robert Hurkmans has been the minister at St. James and St. Brendan since 2006.