On December 17, Pastor Jim preaches on Luke 2:1-7.
1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Consider the poverty of Mary and Joseph and the injustice they faced as the birth of Jesus was interrupted by the Roman imposed census. How might we find joy and hope in spite of the darkness and injustice of this world? How might
we identify and even be in solidarity with those who live in poverty?