April 20, 2014
John 20:1-18
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

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Joseph's Story

Fourth Sunday of Advent

from the book
Together In Christ
Sermons and Prayers For the Christian Year


Erskine White



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I am the forgotten person in the Christmas story. Oh sure, you all have little statues of me in your creche scenes at home and you set them out every year at Christmas time, but let's face it: people who look at your creche are looking at the Christ Child and His mother - they're not paying much attention to me. Even the shepherds and Wise Men (and a little drummer boy who wasn't even there) had pretty Christmas carols written about them, but not me! I truly am the forgotten person in the story.

My name is Joseph; I am the father of Jesus. Well, not exactly, I'm more like His stepfather, since Jesus wasn't conceived in the usual way, which took quite some getting used to on my part, not to mention Mary's! But more on that in a minute.

First, let me tell you a bit about my family. Families were terribly important in my culture; I hope they...

This Fourth Sunday of Advent sermon, Joseph's Story, is based on Matthew 1:18-25 and relates to Fourth Sunday of Advent of Cycle of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Together In Christ . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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