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God Bless Us Every One! - The Redemption of Scrooge

11/27/16 – 12/25/16
This Advent/Christmas series will take a look at how our living in God’s economy of grace and justice is the antithesis of the life-threatening addiction to money, success, exclusion and looking out for ourselves. The chimes of the clock-tower bells in Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol provide a wake-up call for Ebenezer Scrooge and turn him from his resentment, fear and isolation. Just as God’s presence was born anew into this world, we too can be born anew, woken up and redeemed into renewed life, joy, passion, generosity, humility and love. [Based on Charles Dicken’s book A Christmas Carol and Matt Rawle’s book, The Redemption of Scrooge, and using material from The Worship Design Studio.]

Nov 27 – Bah Humbug! Making Change – Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 1:46-47, 52-55
Dec 4 – The Remembrance of Christmas Past: Hope from Heartbreak – Isaiah 9:2,6, Luke 2:8-14
Dec 11 – The Life of Christmas Present: Look Upon Me – Deuteronomy 15:7-11, Matthew 2:1-18
Dec 18 – The Hope of Christmas Future: Death-Defying Acts – Revelation 1:4, Luke 4:18-19, Romans 8:4b-17
Dec 24 – The Redemption of Scrooge: Keeping Christmas Well – Luke 2:1-20, Matthew 2:1-18
Dec 25 – God Bless Us, Every One! – John 1:1-14

God bless us, every one!

God Bless Us, Every One!

The last sentence in the book is said by Tiny Tim who says the iconic words “God Bless Us, Every One!” What if we believed that God has already blessed everyone? Does Tiny Tim’s prayer just pull at our heartstrings or can it be a lived reality in our lives and churches? (John 1:1-14)

death-defying acts - the hope of christmas future

Death-Defying Acts

Is there any hope for Scrooge? Is this what will be, or only what may be? Can the future be changed? When he awoke the next morning, Scrooge was a changed man. He had been given a chance to change his ways. And since Scrooge can be redeemed, so can we! (Revelation 1:4, Luke 4:18-19)

look upon me - the life of Christmas present

Look Upon Me

It is the present moment that counts right now. Our assessment of the present moment might not be the same as our neighbors. We are not completely subjective. When we stand in a different place, we can see things in a different way. The way things look to us may not be the way things look to others. The Spirit of Christmas Past takes Scrooge on a journey to see how things are for others, from where they are standing. (Deuteronomy 15:7-11, Luke 2:6-9)

hope from heartbreak - the remembrance of Christmas past

Hope from Heartbreak

What are some of the earliest memories you have of your life? We moved when I was five years old. I’ve got some memories of before that time. I especially remember walking to the shops and the park up a steep hill. Last time I was in England, we went back and found that hill. (Isaiah 9:2,6, Luke 2:8-14)

bah humbug! making change

Bah Humbug! Making Change

Ebeneezer Scrooge liked money. He worked hard for his money and he hoarded it and vilified the poor. Scrooge thought prosperity was the measure of a Godly life; his mantra was “you reap what you sow.” But Jacob Marley’s ghost returns to tell him that he is sowing the wrong seed and by the end of Dickens’s story, Scrooge is transformed and redeemed. What chains are we forging? (Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 1:46-47, 52-55)