This is the audio from Sunday’s message (12/16/18). Unfortunately, the audio cuts off at the end, due to mic problem. The painting we looked at was The Census at Bethlehem by Bruegel the Elder, painted in Belgium around 1566.

This detail of the painting shows you where Mary and Joseph are located:

 

The Scripture for the message was Luke 2.1-7.

Notes for the sermon
Thoughts from This Scripture and the Art
1-Jesus comes to us and into our world in often ordinary ways and in the midst of our everyday life.
2-In order for us to recognize Jesus, we must make the effort to look for him.
3-God comes to us in the midst of our busy-ness; in the midst of our chaos; in the midst of our life.
4-God comes to us even when our lives are crowded.
5-God may come to us in a way or at a time that doesn’t seem like a good idea to us.
6-Although we may not be attentive hosts, Jesus is. When Jesus is the host, there is room. We are invited. We are included.
So, what do we do?
We start with the belief that God has come into our world, whether or not we are aware.
We intentionally carve out time and space in our life for Jesus. 
We look for Jesus in the midst of all the activity we call life.
We reflect on our life. 
We look at all of life as sacred, as a gift from God, and as an opportunity to connect with God.
REST in the fact that God has welcomed YOU. There is room for YOU with God.

A Creed for the Third Sunday of Advent
I believe in God the Father Almighty, who sent the angel to a perfectly ordinary young woman in an obscure village in Galilee.
I believe in Jesus Christ, who is God with us. Jesus came into our world largely
unnoticed. Today, Jesus is still largely unnoticed in our world.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, who is the presence of Jesus in our world. I believe that God in Jesus is present in the Holy Spirit, and I can watch for and be alert for the presence and work of God in our world.
I believe in the church, who is the body of Christ. The church is invited by God to connect with Jesus and cooperate with God’s work to redeem and reconcile the world

Notes for the sermon
Thoughts from This Scripture and the Art
1-Jesus comes to us and into our world in often ordinary ways and in the midst of our everyday life.
2-In order for us to recognize Jesus, we must make the effort to look for him.
3-God comes to us in the midst of our busy-ness; in the midst of our chaos; in the midst of our life.
4-God comes to us even when our lives are crowded.
5-God may come to us in a way or at a time that doesn’t seem like a good idea to us.
6-Although we may not be attentive hosts, Jesus is. When Jesus is the host, there is room. We are invited. We are included.
So, what do we do?
We start with the belief that God has come into our world, whether or not we are aware.
We intentionally carve out time and space in our life for Jesus. 
We look for Jesus in the midst of all the activity we call life.
We reflect on our life. 
We look at all of life as sacred, as a gift from God, and as an opportunity to connect with God.
REST in the fact that God has welcomed YOU. There is room for YOU with God.

A Creed for the Third Sunday of Advent
I believe in God the Father Almighty, who sent the angel to a perfectly ordinary young woman in an obscure village in Galilee.
I believe in Jesus Christ, who is God with us. Jesus came into our world largely
unnoticed. Today, Jesus is still largely unnoticed in our world.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, who is the presence of Jesus in our world. I believe that God in Jesus is present in the Holy Spirit, and I can watch for and be alert for the presence and work of God in our world.
I believe in the church, who is the body of Christ. The church is invited by God to connect with Jesus and cooperate with God’s work to redeem and reconcile the world