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Sermon: "The Refugee God," January 1, 2017

Sermon: "The Refugee God," January 1, 2017

So, this God of ours who has come in human form is known first as Emmanuel and second as an immigrant, as a refugee. Jesus knows specifically the experience of the displaced and the disadvantaged, because he lived it and stands with all who continue to do so. He has a heart for those babies whose fathers were not fortunate enough to hear the call of danger in the night. How will we meet the needs of the world? With a God who knows through experience what it’s like to be human.

Sermon: "Keep the Quirinius in Christmas," December 24, 2016

Sermon: "Keep the Quirinius in Christmas," December 24, 2016

Quirinius, the governor, officially represents the empire in occupied territory. The world’s story at this point is a story of power. A story of wealth. Of influence. The world’s story at this point in time is the Roman story. And so this is why the story begins with the opening camera shot on Rome. Focusing on an Emperor and a Governor. People of power, wealth, influence. People of significance.

Sermon: "Burning Away the Chaff," December 4, 2016

Sermon: "Burning Away the Chaff," December 4, 2016

John tells those of us who are preparing for the coming of Christ that this is no easy path of instant joy. John is here to hold up a mirror to us. To show us that we, like the Pharisees and Saducees, can become so complacent, so accustomed to our yearly rituals and traditions, that we slide into them every single year with ease or hesitation. We go through the motions, rest on our laurels jump through the hoops.

Advent and Christmas in Courtenay

We invite you to join us on the journey of watching, waiting, and mystery in this year's Advent and Christmas seasons. No matter who you are, where you are in life, or the journey of faith, there's a place for you at St. George's. Come as you are, and join us as we wait and watch in joyous anticipation for Emmanuel—God with us—who is already at work in making all things new.

Advent and Christmas Services

  • November 27th: 1st Sunday in Advent Worship 10:30am - Annual Soup and Bun lunch to follow
  • December 4th: 2nd Sunday in Advent Worship 10:30am
  • December 5th: UCW Women’s Vesper’s Service 6:00pm
  • December 11th: 3rd Sunday in Advent Worship 10:30am, Community Carol Service 4:00pm
  • December 18th: Fourth Sunday in Advent Worship 10:30am
  • December 24th: Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service 6:30pm
  • December 25th: Christmas Day Carols and Communion 10:30am
  • January 1st: First Sunday After Christmas Worship (with Carols) 10:30am

Advent Worship - Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, and 18 at 10:30am

The season of Advent, beginning with the four Sundays before Christmas, marks the beginning of the Christian year. Advent is a time of anticipation and waiting. In these services we await the coming of Christmas, yes. But we are also waiting for God’s healing, God’s mercy, and God’s justice, waiting and hoping for a creation renewed, redeemed, and restored for good. Children's church and childcare with stories, songs and crafts is provided.

Christmas Eve Service - December 24th at 6:30pm

Join us Christmas Eve for an informal family service, where we'll listen to the Christmas story with new ears so we might see the world again with new eyes. There will be plenty of carols, an ad-hoc pageant which all children will be invited to join in to, complete with candlelight singing.

Christmas Day Service - December 25th at 10:30am

Join us Christmas morning as we mark the day with a more intimate, contemplative service. There will be many carols and we will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion. Childcare won't be provided, but children are absolutely welcome to attend and participate.

The First Sunday of Christmas Epiphany Sunday (the Magi Visit) - January 1st 10:30am

Join us for the first Sunday after Christmas, where we'll celebrate the season with carols and other festivities. Children's church and childcare with stories, songs and crafts is provided.

About the season(s)

The season of Advent, beginning with the four Sundays before Christmas, marks the beginning of the Christian year. Advent is a time of anticipation and waiting. We spend much of our lives waiting. Yet, as the people of Jesus, we find ourselves waiting for the coming of God in our lives, in our communities and in our world. We await God’s healing, God’s mercy, and God’s justice, waiting and hoping for a creation renewed, redeemed, and restored for good.

Christmas itself not only marks the birth of Jesus, and the coming of God in our midst. It also marks the beginning of our own continual rebirth. In Advent and Christmas, we are offered the gifts of Peace, Joy, Hope, and Love to guide us on our path as children of God, being re-made and growing in to God’s image each day, and experiencing the divine life here and now.

Sermon: "Keep the Quirinius in Christmas," December 27th 2015 (First Sunday After Christmas)

[T]his is where the real story is. The story of the universe isn’t about Augustus or Quirinus. Or Donald Trump. But God is not found up in the lofty places of privilege and power that can be accessed by a select few. But God is found deep in the dirt, God comes among ordinary people who are trying to make a living. And despite the seemingly insignificant circumstances of their lives, they are the ones who are going to experience this incredible moment, this deep joy."

Sermon: "Not About You," December 25th 2015 (Christmas Day)

John is sent by God, it says, sure. But it’s not about John. It’s not about his spirituality or his personal experience even. John isn’t the light. He’s the lamp who’s been lit. John is like someone who takes the witness stand and says “here’s what I saw.” And to quote the late, great Hank Williams, John says “I saw the light.” This whole thing isn’t about John. But John is about Jesus. A life that John says “is the light of all people.”

Sermon: "Full of Grace and Truth," December 24th, 2015 (Christmas Eve)

"[W]e are constantly reducing questions like this all the time. And so we are stuck on the surface of things. Kind of like with the question “do you believe in God?” A yes or no answer doesn’t tell us much about the God we believe in. In the same way that yes or no to “do you believe Jesus is God?” really says nothing about what that even means. Or why anyone should care in the first place."

Advent and Christmas in Courtenay

We invite you to join us on the journey of watching, waiting, and mystery in this year's Advent and Christmas seasons. No matter who you are, where you are in life, or the journey of faith, there's a place for you at St. George's. Come as you are, and join us as we wait and watch in joyous anticipation for Emmanuel—God with us—who is already at work in making all things new.

Advent and Christmas Services and Concerts

  • November 29th: 1st Sunday in Advent Worship 10:30am - Annual Soup and Bun lunch to follow
  • December 4th: North Island Choral Concert "Magificats" 7:30pm
  • December 5th: North Island Choral Matinee "Magificats" 2:00pm
  • December 6th: 2nd Sunday in Advent Worship 10:30am
  • December 7th: UCW Women’s Vesper’s Service 6:00pm
  • December 12th: Blue Christmas/Celebrate a Life (At Comox United Church) 1:00pm
  • December 13th: 3rd Sunday in Advent Worship 10:30am
  • December 19th: Carols and Lessons service (At Comox United Church) 7:00pm
  • December 20th: Fourth Sunday in Advent Worship 10:30am
    Celebration Singers Afternoon Concert 2:30pm
  • December 21st: Celebration Singers Concert 7:30pm
  • December 24th: Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service 6:30pm
  • December 25th: Christmas Day Service 10:30am
  • December 27th: First Sunday After Christmas Worship (with Carols) 10:30am
  • January 3rd: Worship Celebrating the Epiphany of the Lord (the Visit of the Magi)

Advent Worship - Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, and 20 at 10:30am

The season of Advent, beginning with the four Sundays before Christmas, marks the beginning of the Christian year. Advent is a time of anticipation and waiting. In these services we await the coming of Christmas, yes. But we are also waiting for God’s healing, God’s mercy, and God’s justice, waiting and hoping for a creation renewed, redeemed, and restored for good. Children's church and childcare with stories, songs and crafts is provided.

Christmas Eve Service - December 24th at 6:30pm

Join us Christmas Eve for an informal family service, where we'll listen to the Christmas story with new ears so we might see the world again with new eyes. There will be plenty of carols, an ad-hoc pageant which all children will be invited to join in to, complete with candlelight singing.

Christmas Day Service - December 25th at 10:30am

Join us Christmas morning as we mark the day with a more intimate, contemplative service. There will be many carols, including lesser-known ones. And we will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion. Children are welcome, but no childcare is provided.

The First Sunday of Christmas - December 27th 10:30am

Join us for the first Sunday after Christmas, where we'll celebrate the season with carols and other festivities. Children's church and childcare with stories, songs and crafts is provided.

Epiphany Sunday (the Magi Visit) - January 3rd 10:30am

Join us as we wrap up the Christmas season and begin another with the visit of the Magi. Seasonal carols accompany the season of mystery and celebration of the sacrament of Holy Communion. Children's church and childcare with stories, songs and crafts is provided.

About the season(s)

The season of Advent, beginning with the four Sundays before Christmas, marks the beginning of the Christian year. Advent is a time of anticipation and waiting. We spend much of our lives waiting. Yet, as the people of Jesus, we find ourselves waiting for the coming of God in our lives, in our communities and in our world. We await God’s healing, God’s mercy, and God’s justice, waiting and hoping for a creation renewed, redeemed, and restored for good.

Christmas itself not only marks the birth of Jesus, and the coming of God in our midst. It also marks the beginning of our own continual rebirth. In Advent and Christmas, we are offered the gifts of Peace, Joy, Hope, and Love to guide us on our path as children of God, being re-made and growing in to God’s image each day, and experiencing the divine life here and now.

 

All About Epiphany

This Sunday at St. George's, we'll be celebrating the feast of the Epiphany, which normally ends the twelve days of Christmas. It is one of the older feasts in the Christian calendar, being celebrated first in the 4th century. Epiphany means “manifestation” or “striking appearance,” It celebrates the (the revealing, the unveiling) of Jesus’ divine identity to the gentiles--the people who do not yet know the story of the God of Israel.