Hodie (12/25/16)

A sermon preached by Rev. Dr. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Texts: Psalm 97; Isaiah 9:2-7, 52:7-10; John 1:1-14

Hodie! Hodie Christus natus est. Normally, I don’t preach in Latin, but then Christmas does not usually fall on a Sunday. When it does, at least in contemporary times in this country, there is controversy within the church as to whether or not we ought to hold worship services. After all isn’t Christmas just another holiday along with Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the 4th of July, so we’re creating conflict in holiday schedules and hardly anyone is likely to show up. This time of year, we’ve shopped like crazy, prepared the feast, and now it’s time for the family and guests to gather. How are we supposed to fit in a church service? More liturgical traditions insist that the service be held whether anyone shows up or not. In free church traditions, we have much more latitude in deciding whether we will  worship or not.

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