A Story for the First Sunday of Christmas

Rev. Beth Gedert

This morning, I am starting a new tradition of foregoing a sermon on the Sunday after Christmas in favor of a story. Although, really, we read a story every week when we read our Scripture. The genre of our sacred texts include poetry, origin story, philosophy, personal letters, spiritual biography, and others. It includes a little persuasive rhetoric, but much more narrative. And all together, the Bible is one big story. Stories reminds us that truth is more than hard facts. Many stories are true, even if they aren't factual. Stories open our minds to new possibilities by inviting us to think differently, creatively. You never know what kind of truth may follow the tantalizing words, "Once upon a time." This morning, make yourselves comfortable and enjoy an experience you may not have had in a long time. Someone is gong to read you a story. This is "God's Daring Plan," by Barbara Brown Taylor.

Barbara Brown Taylor, "God's Daring Plan," Bread of Angels (Boston: Cowley Publications, 1997), 31-35.

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Rev. Beth Gedert

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