The Redemption of Scrooge
Charles Dickens's classic novel, A Christmas Carol, is a story of brokenness and redemption. Just as Christ brings light and hope to a world in darkness, the events of A Christmas Carol shine light into the darkness surrounding Scrooge's life, ultimately leading him to embrace the hope, peace, joy, and love we associate with Christmas.December 3
Bah! Humbug! Galatians 6:7; Matthew 20:1-16; Luke 16:19- 31. God's economy is often not the same as the one we embrace, as evidenced in the life of Scrooge. But if Scrooge can be redeemed, so can we! How can we learn to love and value what God loves and values?December 10
The Remembrance of Christmas Past. Matthew 4:18-23; 1 Corinthians 12:4, 31; Luke 4:18. Scrooge is transported back to the past to remember who he once was. Some of those memories are good, and others are painful, but acknowledging and remembering puts him on the path to redemption. Jesus came to redeem all aspects of our past.December 17
The Life of Christmas Present. Luke 2:8-20; Luke 15; Matthew 26:11; Deuteronomy 15:11. Traveling with the Ghost of Christmas Present, Scrooge's eyes are opened to the poverty of the people who live around him. The people don't have much, but they are thankful anyway, acknowledging the blessings they have received. Jesus came to turn our world upside down and to bring a new kingdom, one that goes straight for "the least of these."Christmas Eve 10 pm Service
The Hope of Christmas Future. Matthew 11:29-30; Luke 4:18- 19; Romans 8. In his travels with the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Scrooge comes face-to-face with his finitude. We all have fear about the unknowns in our futures, but we can rest in the fact that God holds the future in God's hands, and that God is committed to us. The birth of Jesus proves God's love and pursuit of us, and so we can accept God's invitation and live confidently in the face of the unknown.