Wednesday Words

July 7, 2019

Pastor Paul Cannon

Star Spangled Cosmic Christmas

The book of Ecclesiastes says, “There is nothing new under the sun” (1:9) but this upcoming Sunday at Bethany Lutheran Church might challenge that idea. We’re calling it the Star Spangled Cosmic Christmas. If that’s not new, I don’t know what is.

What is the Star Spangled Cosmic Christmas exactly? It’s what you get when on one Sunday morning you cross the Fourth of July, with Christmas in July, with Mission to Mars themed Vacation Bible School. It sounds like the start of a ‘dad joke’ (what do you get when you cross …) but it is, in fact, what is going on this Sunday.

We’ll be celebrating Independence Day with a special Fourth of July Hymn-sing before the service. Then you’ll be treated to our Christmas in July Service in worship, to be followed by fellowship in our Luther Hall Space Command Center, set up for Vacation Bible School. I’m exhausted thinking about it.

Good thing Jesus doesn’t shy away from the chaos of our lives.

When the staff saw all these things converging together on our master calendar, we didn’t shy away either. We embraced it. We made a whole new Sunday out of it because, why not? Life is sometimes that way; when it comes at you from a million different angles, you just roll with it and hope for the best.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s Christmas story, I couldn’t help but notice that Jesus’ birth was a bit of a hot mess itself. Picture it from the perspective of Mary and Joseph. To have the birth of your child come when you’re out of town, traveling for a government census, when there was no room for them in the inn, and to finally have the baby in a manger … that’s the convergence of chaos that Jesus was born into.

God’s work often happens that way. If it’s true that we hear God’s voice in sound of sheer silence (1 Kings 19:12), it’s not because God chooses not to speak in midst of chaos – it’s that he’s working too hard to talk! God is working to bring joy, love and new life in the crazy busyness of life.

Something wonderful is about to happen! Come see what it is on this Star Spangled Cosmic Christmas!