Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

For weeks we have been waiting, preparing, "making space" in our lives for Christmas. And now we are here!

I've never heard angels singing, but I have heard voices raised in our church that sound heavenly, promising, and joyous. Today, Christmas Eve, we will hear those voices again! We will sing those beloved carols for all we are worth, as Christ is born once again.

I hope you'll be able to share in one of the four unique services today. See the schedule elsewhere. Every service is different, but every one includes Holy Communion. Remember, if you have guests, bring them--they are welcome and fully included in "open communion" in our church. We believe Christ has come for ALL, not just our members!

On Sunday we'll continue singing the carols and pondering that beautiful Prologue to the Gospel of John. (John 1:1-18) Remember, the 12 Days of Christmas begin on December 25 and continue through January 5, with the Day of Epiphany on January 6 (We'll celebrate that on January 3). And note that your Advent/Christmas calendar contains daily readings and prayer through Epiphany.

I wish for you and yours the Peace, Joy, and Love of the Christ Child. And I leave you the words of my favorite Christmas carol (since we will not sing it this year), “Once in Royal David’s City” It is the traditional first carol in the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast each Christmas Eve from King’s College, Cambridge. Find a quiet moment to ponder these beautiful, powerful words:

Once in royal David’s city/stood a lowly cattle shed,

Where a mother laid her baby/in a manger for his bed;

Mary, loving mother mild, Jesus Christ, her little child.

He came down to earth from heaven/ who is God and Lord of all,

And his shelter was a stable, and his cradle was a stall.

With the poor, the scorned, the lowly/lived on earth our Savior holy.

Jesus is our childhood’s patter; day by day, like us he grew;

He was little, weak, and helpless, tears and smiles like us he knew;

And he feeleth for our sadness, and he shareth in our gladness.

And our eyes at least shall see him, through his own redeeming love;

For that child so dear and gentle/ is our Lord in heaven above;

And he leads his children on/ to the place where he is gone.

Christmas Peace & Joy,

Sand

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