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You Shall Name Him Jesus

Isaiah 7:10-16;Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Romans 1:1-7;Matthew 1:18-25 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church December 22, 2019 –Fourth Sunday in Advent We light the fourth Advent Candle, celebrating the virtue of Trust in our season of hopeful, watchful expectation. We find ourselves at the darkest time of the year, but it is the time when the light shines most brightly. Edna St. Vincent Millay put it so perfectly with her poem: My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes – and oh my friends; It gives a lovely light. A light shines in the darkness. The immortal becomes mortal…and the mortal becomes immortal…with the waiting we do this precious Sunday of Trust, jus

May The Holy Spirit Fill You With Hope

Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church December 8, 2019 –Second Sunday in Advent John the Baptist appears suddenly in the gospel account from Matthew. He comes at a time when both kingdoms, north and south, have been overrun more than once. God’s chosen people, with only a brief respite, have been vassals of Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome for the last 600 years. It is a time of national despair and a long season of spiritual darkness. Not only are the people not ruled by God, they are dominated by the forces of this mortal realm, earth… foreigners and heathens. Now take a couple of seconds. Open yourself to wha

The Hour Has Already Come

Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church December 1, 2019 –First Sunday in Advent Happy New Year. As you can see in your bulletins, the colored print has moved from the green of Ordinary Time to the purple of Advent. We return to Year A in the Lectionary’s three-year cycle. And we go back to the second chapter of Isaiah to find a utopian vision of Zion, a mountaintop, as an end-time reality.The pilgrimage hymn in this Sunday’s Call to Worship psalm calls us to claim this salvation in our present lives through worship. Taken together our Hebrew Bible texts give us a firm footing to embark upon the Advent season. They underscore how

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