Friday, December 2, 2022

The Doorbell


Fifty years ago, doorbells were certainly much simpler, but more often used. With all of our technology, personal visits in our homes are becoming rarer. For many of us, the main reason we have a doorbell is for the person delivering our packages from Amazon. 

Years ago, however, without such technology, the simple doorbell announced that someone was there. At times, the doorbell created feelings of excitement, like at Christmas. When the doorbell sounded it meant the relatives had arrived and the party would begin. At other times, the sound of the doorbell brought a sense of dread, especially if you had just broken the neighbor’s storm window with a fastball that went a little high. The old “ding dong” doorbell meant someone was there and something would happen. 

You might say that Christmas is a spiritual doorbell for the human race. The message of this time of year is startling, shocking and even confrontational. In the person of Jesus Christ, God himself enters human history to change life in ways we would never expect. For some, this spiritual doorbell brings dread. Others are apathetic to the message. But for those who have become convinced of the truthfulness of the message, Christmas is a time of exuberant joy. 

This weekend we’re going to be studying the opening verses of both Luke and John’s gospels (biographies of Jesus’ life). The two introductions are very different, but read together they create an announcement of unending hope to a world that is fast giving up on that commodity. If you’ve been ignoring your spiritual doorbell, join us for one of our weekend services. The One knocking at the door of your heart is too good, too great, too loving to be left waiting outside. 

Weekend worship service times: Saturday: 6:00 pm – Sunday: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.