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Visit our Sunday worship services at 8 or 10:30 am. Sunday school and adult Bible class at 9:15. We are "Making Christ Known" by faith, worship and witness to get the message of Jesus Christ to all people.

Christmas Day Service

Merry Christmas! Our December 25 Christmas Day worship service is available on video through Facebook. You may view it without being a member of Facebook. All scheduled worship services from Thanksgiving through the end of the year will be online only with minimal in-person participation to reduce COVID risks.

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The December 27 Sunday worship service will be held without in-person attendance because of the rise in COVID cases in our state. It is scheduled to be streamed live on the DeSoto Redeemer Facebook page. We will post a direct link to the recording here as soon as it is possible after the service.

We are glad to share our worship with you. Click on “Contact Us” above to find out more about our faith family and what we believe.

Christmas Day Sermon
Isaiah 52:7-10 | Psalm 98
Hebrews 1:1-4 [5-12] | John 1:1-14

“Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds.” That’s what the author of Hebrews tells us, and echoes the words of St. John this morning as well. What they are trying to describe to us is the Mystery of the Incarnation. Notice, it is called the Mystery of the Incarnation. It is a mystery.

For millennia now, the Church has tried to describe the mystery. We find it in all of the Creeds. Christ is conceived of the Holy Spirit overshadowing Mary. How? Ah, that’s the mystery. God, who created everything, has now performed another act of creation. And all of the lessons for Christmas Day deal indeed with creation, Creator, and a new creation – Christ. Does our Savior come to us first in all of his heavenly glory? No. He comes in a quieter, gentler but even more amazing fashion. In many and various ways we would say as nothing out of the ordinary. But it is quite extraordinary. He comes to us first as a human baby, helpless. He comes to live a full human life. The Author of Creation comes to us as part of the creation; he comes as one of us. How does this take place? In the normal fashion, but also it is still very much a mystery. He, through whom creation comes, comes in the form of a creature. Do not try to figure it out. It’s a mystery.

Why does he come? That could also be considered a mystery. He comes in the form of a babe also with a mission. He comes to redeem humanity, and the very world itself, from the darkness into which we have fallen. The mystery of salvation is that God works our salvation through His Son, whose birth we celebrate this day. Through the life whose birth we celebrate, we are given new life in faith. He, who began Creation with the words, “Let there be light,” commences our salvation by entering into the darkness into which we have fallen through the light of new life, a newborn babe. Darkness cannot bear light. Light shatters it. Just as Christ crushes our darkness, and that of the world, through his own light; sin, death and evil are destroyed as they will try to extinguish his light. They cannot hold him. He breaks through their power, and so reclaims us as his. As a matter of fact, we are made new creations through his creative power. We are given, and share in his light, our darkness is broken and taken from us through his grace, and our faith in him.

As we celebrate Christ’s birth this day, we need to remember that he continues to come to us daily. His life and light are always breaking into our world to dispel the darkness into which we find ourselves. It is worthy that we should remember that today. Not just because it is Christmas Day, and we celebrate the birth of Jesus. But also because it is a day which reminds us also of the first day of Creation, when God said, “Let there be light,” and that Christ is the life, “and the life was the light of all people.” God in Christ becomes manifest, Incarnate Word, and so God’s new creation, bringing God’s New Covenant. And, really every day is a day in which he rises as the first fruits of the new Creation. Every day, in a sense, is a Christmas, and an Easter, the day on which he utterly destroyed the powers of darkness; sin, death and the devil. Today is the day upon which our faith is vindicated. Our salvation is begun. God’s plan has commenced. He comes to us still, anew, every day.

He comes to us now in his Holy Supper. How? In the words of Luther, “It is a mystery.” But Luther said Christ is present in the Supper because he promises to be. And it is on the promises of Christ, born this day, that our faith and hope have and always will rest. For Christ, the Author of Creation, is also the guarantor of our redemption. To Him be all glory, laud and honor, this day and always, Amen.
Pastor Rose

December 24 Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas! Our December 24 Christmas Eve worship service is available on video through Facebook. You may view it without being a member of Facebook. All scheduled worship services from Thanksgiving through the end of the year will be online only with minimal in-person participation to reduce COVID risks.

Click on picture to view video

The December 27 Sunday worship service and Christmas day service will be held without in-person attendance because of the rise in COVID cases in our state. They are scheduled to be streamed live on the DeSoto Redeemer Facebook page. We will post a direct link to the recording here as soon as it is possible after the service.

We are glad to share our worship with you. Click on “Contact Us” above to find out more about our faith family and what we believe.

Christmas Eve Sermon
Isaiah 9:2-7 | Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14 | Luke 2:1-14

It must have been a cold night. We tend to think of Israel as a warm place, desert and all. But I grew up in a desert. When the sun goes down, so does the temperature, quickly. After a long and possibly warm, in spite of the time of year, journey, it probably got quite cold, cold in terms of temperature, and also in terms of their reception. There was not room in the inn, which wasn’t necessarily bad news. The stable was probably a safer place to stay, but instead of a bed, there was straw to keep warm in, and of course, the smell of the animals to freshen their nostrils as they slept.

But, there wasn’t time to settle in and rest for that. Mary’s time to deliver arrived. She went into labor. Joseph probably got some of the women from the inn to watch her, as he went on another journey, to find the local mid-wife, the angel of delivery. We like to think of the event as just Mary and Joseph. There were undoubtedly more people there at the time of birth. There were at least mid-wives, or the local wise women to help deliver the baby. Mary didn’t do it by herself. And Joseph probably got to spend the rest of the night boiling water (at least that’s what they always tell the father to do in the movies – it gets them out of the way and makes them feel useful).

Then the announcement, “It’s a boy!” Congratulations were given to the happy couple. The mid wives went home, and Mary, Joseph and the newborn Jesus finally got to lay down for some rest. At least that is what they hoped, but it didn’t happen the usual way of things. No, this was just the beginning.

Out in the fields, there were other angels working, heavenly angels. Like all angels, they have the task of delivering a message. The message they give is not to the king, nor to the priests, nor even a prophet, as angelic messages of old. No, their message is to quite a different lot, although their message is the most important ever sent by angels, it is delivered to shepherds. Simple shepherds who are out in the fields for a similar reason, their ewes are giving birth to their lambs. They were probably cold and tired too. In an ironic twist, the angel’s message of new birth fits this scene, God’s Son, God’s Paschal Lamb has been born in David’s city of Bethlehem. “It’s a boy!” And God is acting towards humanity in a new and different way, but in a very human and mortal way. God has become Incarnate in this baby, the Son of God has been born among us, the Messiah, the Christ has been born. And the whole heavens becomes awash with the songs of praise from the heavenly choir. This is the greatest birth in the history of Creation itself!

Is it any wonder that the shepherds leave their precious new born lambs alone in the fields and journey to see the newborn Lamb of God? Is it any wonder that they must go and see for themselves? Cold and tired, they journey to be warmed by his presence and view his new life.

Christ’s birth fills them with joy and warmth, and they give praise to God for the gift of his son. We too, 2000 years later do the same. We share in the joy this season as mortals have since. The joy of the season is the joy of the promise of new birth and new life, of God’s very presence among us. In this babe is the hope of us all. The innocence of new life, in this child is also the innocence of God’s Son, and the gift from him of the taking away of the guilt of our sin. This new life is also the hope of the destroyer of death in his very powerful life. This presence of God among us, Emmanuel, is the breaker of the power of evil over us. God comes to us in the form of a babe, but with the very power of God Himself. In this child we have life, and aspirations, and hope, and joy. The coldness of the world is warmed by his very presence, and in and with him we can find rest. Is there any doubt that we too should praise, honor and worship him as well? For in the birth of this child God gives to all of his people the greatest gift we can desire – God’s very self, God’s very love. Let us always join in singing his praise, and laud, honor and worship him.
Pastor Rose