Sermon for 27 Dec 2020

FRED says “The Baby’s Awful Quiet”

Happy the day after, the day after Christmas.
I understand that you have Advent before Christmas so this must be De-vent – which is pretty close to deviant and that is why I am here. My name is Fred.
Today I had an epiphany. Some of you might know what that means but back home they would tell you to see a doctor. Most anything can be cured and if the doctor can’t do it then Mildred’s goose grease and something she puts in it will do the job
I came early to the church today to beat the crowd and it looks like I did. When I came in I didn’t notice no baby Jesus in nativity scene. I got thinkin about it and it explains a problem that I always wondered about.
Why do you never hear about the baby Jesus after Christmas, either then or now?

Some of you probably don’t know this but I am a detective (not defective). My cousins will ask me when it had snowed. Apparently they can’t see out the window on their lap? They ask we when the leaves have changed colour too. I am pretty good.
But I figures there was something funny about Jesus birth story
I have a theory – Jesus was never born!
The thing that made me stat to wonder was cuz I had to look after my sister’s
Baby. She really is my half sister – by divorce but she is my cousin on the other side so I like to help her out. She was going away to get married to my second cousin – or you might say her second Choosin”
Truth be told – the baby isn’t really hers but she don’t know that.
Now this kid screamed the whole time I had it. I tried many cures. I would throw it in the air. I’d spin it around. I’d turn out the lights. I even showed that kid pictures of mobile homes and old ambulances, but nothing worked. I got so desperate I let that kid drink some of the special ingredient in Mildred’s goose grease.
I tell you I got real education about raising children. So if I hear about baby not making noise??? – I wonder if really was born.
When ya read that story in the bible – that kid should have woken up.
The Wisemen were wise enough to stay away till the baby was a little older. That’s why they were called wise.
But the Shepherds well they came in and they smelled like sh….eep.
Then you got the animals all in there, mooing and nattering. But that didn’t wake the baby.
Then you got all the other noise: the flute player you see in the pictures: that little drummer boy: the innkeeper who we were told was always drunk and if that is not enough that darn angle choir hangin overhead singin “Hallelujah”
But here is no record of that baby crying
If ya look at the modern world – (I visited there once), you see the same thing
When they have those Christmas pageants they use a trouble light, cuz secretly they know there really was no baby.
In a real birth there is a whole lot of celebration after the baby is born. They have parties and lots of stuff. Sometimes we have a “parents reveal party”.
But with that Jesus fella – nothin”
As soon as it’s over it is done. On December 25 at noon there is no more Christmas music. Nobody talks about the birth anymore. Not even in church. I know a church where they decided to have a pageant in January and everyone thought they were daft. No body showed up
In real life when a birth happens your whole life style changes, but not for this baby Jesus guy. Everyone returns to normal a few minutes after December 25.
I saw a Bumper sticker. It said “Before Christmas everyone is full of love for each other but after Christmas it is back to ……being miserable?
Now I have a reputation for never being wrong. Fred’s never been married so there is no one to correct me. So I need you to prove me wrong just this one time.
Prove to me that the birth happened.
Don’t use history cuz history can be changed, just look at my family tree
Just use only personal experiences
Show me an example – or be an example of how this birth has changed anyting or anyone.
If ya hear of any example to prove the birth happened, let the minister know. He is the only one in the audience today and he’s asleep.
PRAYER
God we have been through this season of Christmas. As difficult as it was for us with all the new rules – we know it was difficult for Mary and Joseph. We know the effort they put into bringing Jesus into the world. Help us as we try to bring Jesus into our world.
With all the restrictions that continually seem to limit us, help us to spread the joy and love his arrival. Help us to share the good news of his birth.
Just as we awake each day to the knowledge that the sun has risen so too let us be aware everyday of this person Jesus. Help us to allow the meaning of that birth to be a part of our lives.
As we head into this coming year may we have hope and may we also have faith. Amen
Now we pray in the way Jesus taught us.
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us
lead us not into temptation. but deliver us from evil
for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory
forever and ever Amen
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Opening Prayer
Hymn – Away in the manger 69
Scripture Luke 2: 8-14
Reflection Fred – Baby’s awful quiet
Prayer
Lord’s Prayer
Hymn Little Drummer Boy
Benediction
Go now in Peace
Go now in peace, Never be afraid
God will go with you, each hour of every day
Go now in faith, steadfast strong and true
Know God will guide you in all you do,
Go now in love and show you believe
Reach out to others so all the world can see
God will be there, watching from above
Go now in peace, in faith and in love
Amen, Amen, Amen
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