The Christian Noob (n00b)

born & raised Catholic, now going to a Presbyterian church & still learning

Sunday series: 12/28/2008 (#15)

Rev. Katharine C. DunnWhere: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 10am (only service)

Bible reading:

“22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) 24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. 25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. 33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. 34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. 36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. 39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. 40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.” (Luke 2:22-40 KJV)

Comments then:

  1. Christmastide, Laud Sunday
  2. only service 10:00am
  3. Baptism
    • one of the sacraments,
    • sacrament based on faith of the parents,
    • to know and to study about God & the good news
    • to live the Christian faith,
    • all ministers [of the faith] to promise to help the children grow as Christians;
  4. Small Groups
    • learn the Scriptures better;
    • help others learn the Scriptures & about God;
  5. Rev. Dunn — first time I listen to one of her services/sermon;
  6. We all need someone to hear our story, someone who helps us feed our story — as a proof reader of some sort.
  7. Baby Jesus is presented to the temple. Mary and Joseph are told and reminded that Jesus had come to save us and die for us.
  8. first born boy considered holy [in reference to Luke 2:22-40];
  9. It is somewhat weird to listen to a female reverend/pastor.
  10. Maybe it is the practice of women not preaching at the altar as in the Catholic Church, which I must unlearn.
  11. The sermon was based on Prophet Anna who whispers to those who care to listen — who’s afraid to speak aloud.
  12. During the sermon, I remembered [my maternal grandmother]. I miss her although I couldn’t say goodbye to her.

Comments now:

  1. I like to hear Reverend Dunn‘s services and sermons. She’s proven to be a good advisor in my life. She also baptized my two younger boys.
  2. Ministers of Faith refers to all Christians (men and women) as it’s our obligation to teach others about Christ as well as the Godhead. See below text in bold font from the The Brief Statement of Faith.

    “We trust in God the Holy Spirit,
    everywhere the giver and renewer of life.
    The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith,
    sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor,
    and binds us together with all believers
    in the one body of Christ, the Church.
    The same Spirit
    who inspired the prophets and apostles
    rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture,
    engages us through the Word proclaimed,
    claims us in the waters of baptism,
    feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation,
    and calls women and men to all ministries of the church.
    In a broken and fearful world
    the Spirit gives us courage
    to pray without ceasing,
    to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,
    to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,
    to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
    and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.
    In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
    we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks
    and to live holy and joyful lives,
    even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth,
    praying, ‘Come, Lord Jesus!'”


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