The Light of the Nations

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Matthew 2:1-11 This child would be different, another kind of king altogether. This king would bring the reign of God into the world. It’s Christmas again, and all over the world, hundreds of millions of people are doing exactly the same thing: celebrating the birth of the Christ-child. Amidst the splendor of stained glass in a European cathedral, under a thatched roof in the African bush, within the walls of a humble house in a Chinese village, across …

The Gospel According to Bach

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : a:0:{} Much of the joy of the Christmas season comes from music. Many of the world’s greatest composers have written some of their finest music to celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. Johann Sebastian Bach is one example. His Christmas Oratorio offers beautiful, festive songs by orchestra, soloists and choir that lift our spirit and help us to rejoice at God’s wonderful gift to the human family. But in Bach’s case they do even more. …

It's About Love

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : 1 John 3:1-2 1 Corinthians 2:9 Against all the misery of a dysfunctional world, in the face of sin’s ravages upon human nature, in response to all the misery and despair that life can produce, there stands a single word: Love. When my kids were little, they learned to sing this song in Sunday School: It’s about love, love, love; that’s what it’s all about. Because God loves us, we love each other, Mother, father, sister, brother, Everybody …

The Gospel According to Bach

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Luke 2:1-20 Bach’s music is not continuously pretty or beautiful because one side of the gospel is sin, but that’s never the end. There’s always the redemption. His music can be torturous and at the other end it can be the most gloriously beautiful. Welcome to this special Words of Hope Christmas program. Much of the joy of the Christmas season comes from music, carols and choirs, concerts and programs, and special worship services. Many of the world’s …

The Dark Side of Christmas

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Matthew 2:13-18 The holidays should be a happy season, right? It’s a time for family and friends, celebrating and joy. So what do you say when the “sounds of the season” include weeping for lost loved ones? How much can one community take? As if the World Trade Center attacks weren’t enough, two months later a plane crashes in New York City, adding hundreds more to the death toll. There have been a lot of empty homes and …

What Child Is This?

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Luke 1:26-36 Luke 2:1-20 Welcome to this special Words of Hope Christmas program. We invite you to join us in reflecting upon the deepest significance of this season as we tell once more the Christmas story in words and with music. Christmas is neither the oldest nor most important festival of the Christian church. Both the oldest-that is, earliest to be celebrated-and most significant Christian holiday is Easter. The first Easter was celebrated on-well, the first Easter, the …