Eve of Circumcision and Name of Jesus 2009 – Homily

Homily by Associate Pastor Chris Tiews, 12/31/2009

Each December 31st Christians throughout the world observe what is known as the “Eve of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus.”

As you and I are right now probably more focused on the close of 2009 and the beginning of a new decade less than twelve hours from now, this festival might seem to be a somewhat peculiar.

Yet this tension between the holy and the profane—between the things from above and things of below is nothing new for December 31st—as we will see in a moment.

How can that be?

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