As I write this, there are several people I know who are busy doing their last-minute Christmas shopping. Here in the church office, we have been busy printing bulletins for the Community Carol Sing, our Christmas Eve services, and our regular Sunday service this week. Out in the world, there are people hard at work, students who are trying to learn (despite being excited about going on Christmas break), and people who are traveling to see loved ones. There are people getting COVID tests, people who are sick, and people who are on their way home from the hospital. It seems like just about everyone is headed somewhere and doing something.
Christmas is always a notoriously busy time of year, but I hope that this Christmas season gives you an opportunity to pause. . . an opportunity to breathe. . . a chance to wonder. . . a glimpse of something Holy and good. One of my favorite poems to read this time of year is in Celtic Daily Prayer from the Northumbria Community. It goes like this:
I open the stable door; I kneel before the infant; I worship withe the shepherds; I adore the Christ child. I give my love with Mary and Joseph; I wonder at the ‘Word made flesh’. I am aware of the love of God; I sing glory with the angels; I offer my gifts with the wise men. I receive the living Lord; I hold Him in my hands; I go on my way rejoicing, glorifying and praising God. - David Adam
Wherever you are going, whatever you are doing, may you have a moment to do some of these things.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Grace and Peace,
Prepare for Worship
Friday, December 24 - Christmas Eve at 5 and 7 PM
- Read Isaiah 9:2-7
- Luke 2:1-14
- John 1:1-14
- Read or sing Hymn # 121 - “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
Sunday, December 26 - 10 AM
- Read Luke 2:41-52
- Read Colossians 3:12-17
- Read or sing Hymn # 693 - “Though I May Speak”