Trinity News and Sermons

12/24/2017 Christmas Eve morning – 4th Sunday in Advent – On the Annunciation

Notes from the sermon. (more was said, but you can go to Sound Cloud to hear the full message.)

The year was 1940. The French army had just collapsed under the siege of Hitler’s onslaught. The Dutch had folded, overwhelmed by the Nazi regime. The Belgians had surrendered. And the British army was trapped on the coast of France in the channel port of Dunkirk.

Two-hundred and twenty thousand of Britain’s finest young men seemed doomed to die, turning the English Channel red with their blood. The Fuhrer’s troops, only miles away in the hills of France, didn’t realize how close to victory they actually were.

Any rescue seemed feeble and futile in the time remaining. A thin British navy—”the professionals”—told King George VI that at best they could save 17,000 troops. The House of Commons was warned to prepare for “hard and heavy tidings.”

Politicians were paralyzed. The King was powerless. And the allies could only watch, as spectators from a distance. Then, as the doom of the British army seemed imminent, a strange fleet appeared on the horizon of the English Channel: the wildest assortment of boats perhaps ever assembled in history. Trawlers, tugs, scows, fishing sloops, lifeboats, pleasure craft, smacks and coasters, sailboats, an island ferry by the name of Gracie Fields, even Endeavor came—the America’s cup challenger, and the London fire brigade fire flotilla. Each ship was manned by civilian volunteers—English fathers sailing to rescue Britain’s exhausted bleeding sons.

Manchester writes in his epic novel The Last Lion that even today what happened in 1940 in less than 24 hours seems like a miracle—not only were all of the British soldiers rescued but numerous allied troops as well. Over 338,000 troops were redeemed that day.

 

THE NEWS THAT CHURCHILL SHARED WITH THE BRITISH PARLILAMENT AND THE WORLD WAS OF NOTHING LESS THAN A MIRACLE.

 

IT WAS GOOD NEWS

IT WAS GREAT NEWS

AND IT CHANGED THE COURSE OF THE WAR IN BRITAIN.

 

Angel, brings news to Mary.  It is great. Not easy, but it changes her life forever.

Mary carries this news in her very womb for 9 months, and at the right time, in Bethlehem, with just Joseph and the animals in attendance at first, she bears the News of Life to the world.  Certainly not easy, but good news, nonetheless, and it changes her life forever.

Jesus comes to share the Good News that God is love and that God is for us.  People are touched by him, both spiritually and literally.  And their lives are changed forever.  Not always easy, but good news nonetheless, and they are different from what they were before.

You are told the Good News that there is One who knows EVERYTHING about you – even those things and times of which you are not so proud.  And STILL is for you, STILL loves you, STILL forgives you and is a champion for you and a companion along your journey. 

And when you hear this Good News, your life is changed.  Not always easy, but good news nonetheless.

 

The angel told Mary. Mary carried the baby. The baby is born and tells the world in his time.  You are told in your time.

WHO NEEDS TO HEAR THE GOOD NEWS FROM YOU?


 

“Sometimes at the very bottom of paintings of the angel telling Mary that she is to be the Mother of the Savior, the artist paints a small picture of Christ lying in the tomb. This shows us the destiny of the child who begins to lie in Mary’s womb at the annunciation. Such paintings remind us that life is a gift which has its own cost. We accept it to share it, and in sharing it generously we discover life’s meaning, although not without cost. God becomes man so that each of us can be reborn from God.”

Francis Cardinal George

 

 

 

One of the best ways to share your faith is to live a godly life.

Non-Christians often look at Christians as hypocritical because we say one thing but do another.

Show those close to you that you care—spend time with them, help meet their needs and offer to listen when they have problems.

You might not be able to answer all of their questions, but they can’t deny the reality of what Christ has done in your life.

If you find this is hard to do, perhaps God is speaking to you about your own need to walk more closely with Him every day.