Welcoming All, Empowered by Christ, Sent Forth to Serve

November 27, 2022 message: “Bah Humbug! Making Change”

Ebenezer Scrooge is a man in dire need of a second chance. Is redemption possible for such a greedy, dark and sad character? Rawle shows us how the teachings of Jesus can be found in Dickens’ Christmas classic. From the ghosts of Christmas past, to the Life of the present, and the resurrection of Christmas future, this series will “bless us every one” and reinvigorate our spiritual journeys as we look at this familiar story.

If you have never read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, take a few minutes to watch this refresher video featuring our own Dave Lorenz. Many thanks to his PBS friend, Jim Edelman for recording and editing the video.

For Ebenezer Scrooge, the only redeeming value in life was in getting more money. He lives in resentment, fear and the ice-cold frozen state of watching out only for himself. God’s economy, on the other hand, says that there is enough for all, and all are worthy of the abundance of life and joy, freedom and sustenance. Will we “make change” and move toward the richness of peace for all, or will we continue to be chained by the poverty of exclusion?

This is the first week in the series, “God Bless Us, Every One! The Redemption of Scrooge.” Pastor Mary’s message is based on Isaiah 9: 6-7 and Luke 1: 46-55.

The 9:00 am and 11:00 am worship services are available in their entirety on YouTube.