Bishop Mark Hanson: A Christmas Message: Yes!

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all (Titus 2:11).

Yes  In this world where God creates with deep

    beauty and profound mystery.

    In this world where so many yearn for

    God's healing and peace.

    in this world where some have thought God has forsaken us:

Yes  Here, in this world, the grace of God has appeared.

    Not just in this world but for you.

Yes  For you, weary from trying to meet the

    expectations of others.

    For you, worrying about an uncertain future.

    For you, wondering if you are worthy.

Yes  For you, the grace of God has appeared,

    bringing salvation.

    Not just for you but for all.

Yes  For all, salvation has come in the wonder of

    God in mercy bending low to meet us

    in our humanity.

    In the mystery of Christ's death and resurrection.

    In the power and promise

    of the gospel's proclamation,

    God's goodness and loving-kindness has appeared

    in the Savior Jesus.

So with angelic messengers and witnessing shepherds,

     we raise our voices:

"Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace among those whom he favors."

**Mark S. Hanson

Presiding Bishop

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

A video version of Presiding Bishop Hanson's Christmas message:**

About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United

States, with approximately 4.2 million members in 10,000 congregations

across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church

of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God

through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the

world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer

Martin Luther.


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