Thought for the Day: This may seem like a strange passage of scripture just a few days after Christmas, but Paul speaks of Timothy who has brought the good news of the Thessalonians faith and love. In the King James Version it is translated as Good Tidings. It is the same identical word used by the Angel who spoke before the Shepherds, announcing the Good News of Jesus’ birth. This is the focus of today’s sermon, and it reminds us of how our work is not much different than the angels. We are to announce, in both word and action, the good news of Jesus Christ; the good news of God’s love; the good news of divine mercy. The story of the angel’s hillside proclamation to the shepherds is really a model for our work in the world. Let’s look for some shepherds or anyone who might need a message of great joy for all the people.
Prayer: Thank you so much for the examples of faithfulness, O Lord God. Allow for the prophets, angels and Jesus himself to be the inspiration for the work of the church, the Body of Christ in the world. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge