What Makes Angels Scary?

This sermon was written for the good folks of Osage (Iowa) United Church of Christ where I was scheduled to preach on Sunday, December 18, until a Winter Storm Warning and a Wind Chill Warning changed our plans.

How many of you have played an angel in a Christmas pageant – maybe when you were children?  In my experience, churches always want every child to have a part in the pageant, so the kids who aren’t playing the major roles get assigned to be shepherds if they are boys, and to be angels if they are girls.  And it always feels a little bit like being chosen last for a team at school recess.

Well cheer up, angel alumnae!  Angels are not incidental Continue reading