The Life Of Christmas Present

Pastor Kevin Rutledge - 12/17/2023 10:00 AM

Join us as we embark on a festive journey through the timeless Christmas Carol, revealing how the redemption of Scrooge illuminates the Christmas message. Listen as we delve into the intertwined nature of past, present, and future in the Christmas story, emphasizing the joy and redemption that come with making peace with our past. We explore the parable of the lost sheep and how it mirrors the story of Christmas - God seeking out what was missing in humanity and sending His son to redeem us. 

In the spirit of Christmas, we also challenge ourselves to notice what and who is missing from our lives, much like how Scrooge is shown his missing pieces by the ghost of Christmas present. We encourage you to join us as we seek joy and hope in dark places, using Scrooge's journey as a guide. Don't miss our concluding prayer for all to experience the true meaning of Christmas.


  • First Reading: Ezra 1:1-4; 3:1-4, 10-13
  • Second Reading: Luke 15:1-7
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This Week's Reading Plan

Day: Reading:
Monday The Decree of Darius: Ezra 6:1-12
Tuesday The Temple is Rebuilt: Ezra 6:13-18
Wednesday The Passover is Celebrated: Ezra 6:19-22
Thursday A Restored Jerusalem: Zechariah 8:1-8
Friday Good Times to Come: Zechariah 8:14-23
Saturday Your King Comes to You: Zechariah 9:9-17
Sunday John Is Born: Luke 1:5-25, [14-25] 57-80

This includes only the sermon portion of the service.

Reflections and Caring Conversations

Please use the prompts and prayers below to aid you in your devotions for this week.

  • Morning Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for the blessing of a new day. Help me to embody the spirit of Christmas in my heart, extending my joy to those who may feel alone or lost. As Scrooge found redemption, guide me on my own journey towards transformation. Amen.

  • Reflection Question: How can you embrace the spirit of Christmas and extend your joy to those who may be missing from your celebrations?

    Reflection Question: In what ways does Scrooge's redemption inspire you to extend your joy to those who might be missing from your own celebrations?

  • Evening Prayer: Dear Lord, as I end my day, I ask for your comfort and peace. Help me to remember the joy and redemption found in Scrooge's transformation and to apply these lessons to my own life. May I extend my joy to those who may be missing from my celebrations, sharing with them the true meaning of Christmas. Amen.

  • Reflection Question: How does the story of Scrooge's transformation in 'A Christmas Carol' resonate with your own journey towards finding joy and redemption?

  • Reflection Question: In what ways can you relate to the parable of the lost sheep, and how can you apply its teachings in your daily life?

  • Reflection Question: How does the tale of Scrooge inspire you to find joy in the darkest places and to help those who might be missing from your life?

    Reflection Question: Who are the people or what are the aspects in your life that you've been missing, and how can you reach out to them this Christmas season?