Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18
Grace and Peace to you my brothers and sisters in Christ, Amen.
Do you ever get the feeling that you have something to say that is so important that you must get on the highest platform and shout for all to hear your proclamation? When you realize something and you just have to let all present know of your realization? For example, some good news is given to you about the birth of a new member of the family and you just have to call all your relatives, your friends, post on social media, hey might as well tell the random person in the grocery or fast food restaurant. You have a pathological need to express this news that is so important; why wouldn’t that random person fishing on the Erie be just as excited as you upon hearing the good news? But on the flip-side, say the news is daunting and terrifying, and needs to be said for the sake of other people’s safety. Say you see a man enter a building with a mask and a gun with his finger on the trigger? Say you see a shark in the water, a boulder from on high about to fall, green in the clouds, smoke? Or say you got wind of an attack from the west of planes coming and attacking a harbor, the assassination of a president, two towers attacked by two planes.
Whether good or bad, there are things that propel us to proclamations, proclamations where we wish we were on the highest mountains so all the world would know. And for us Christians, we too have a proclamation: God has become flesh and walks among us, He has come.
The Savior that has been promised of old who was to be the light in the darkness and life to the dead, who was to be the way, the door to heaven, and through whom eternal life in a glorious righteous Kingdom? He has come, He is here, and He will always be here. For it says in Scripture, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
This Word was there in the beginning, it molded the earth, and the Word, which is and is with God, has always been there. Though we did not see Him, we knew He was there, always present and always providing. But on that most glorious day, with the angels singing, the star in the sky, the magi travelling, the Word became visible. The Word took on flesh and bone so that He may walk among us, eat with us, be merry with us, preach to us, touch us, heal us, and eventually die for us. God became a human.
What greater reason to proclaim on the highest mountain than that?
Now one great way of proclaiming the Good news of Jesus’ birth is through music. So once again, I ask for volunteers to help distribute one silver chime to each person, please start with the chimes with the stickers on the front. And if there are any left overs you may distribute the rest of the silver chimes. Those who were here last week noticed the new color coded stickers I applied to each chime. I ask that as the chimes are being passed around that you take note of the colors.
As a reminder, I would like to demonstrate how to use chimes. Now your turn, first all orange chimes. Now all red chimes. Now all blue chimes. One more time for each. Very Good.
So once again I ask, what greater way to proclaim the birth of Christ, as if we are on a mountain top, than through music? Therefore, let us sing, “Go Tell it on the Mountain.”
Now we are not alone in our proclamations, the angels sing with us too, singing of His birth and calling all to come and worship Christ the newborn King. Let us sing of the angels through, “Angels, from the Realms of Glory.”
Now as the season of Christmas comes to an end, the season of Epiphany approaches. Epiphany, the season of epiphanies, a season of those who receive the good news and believe, a time to recognize the birthing of new Christians who heard our mountain proclamations, and a time to recognize those who were wise enough to realize the coming of our King, who were these wise men? Let us sing of them through, “We Three Kings.”
Christmas is coming to an end, and with that the chimes will be put away in the storage closet awaiting their next usage, whenever that may be. It was fun these last two seasons, Advent and Christmas, playing on the chimes, but all good things must come to a close. But, Christmas is not over, we still have two more days of Christmas left, therefore let us end our chime extravaganza by singing, once again, “We Wish you a Merry Christmas.”
Thank you and Merry Christmas. I ask that you please leave your chimes in the pews, and after service I will collect and wipe down all our chimes.
Let us pray,
Dear Heavenly Father, we are forever grateful to you for through you a son was given; a son who is our King, our Savior, our Redeemer, our Advocate, and our Messiah. Move our hearts so that we who are filled with the Holy Spirit shout for all to hear that the Christ Child is here and that through Him all may be saved. In your most holy name we pray, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.