Christmas this Sunday is both not yet here and here! For many this Sunday is simply Christmas Eve, and that is well and good. For the church though, this Sunday is the Four Sunday of Advent first and Christmas Eve later. To be a little more clear our 10:30 am worship service will mark the last Sunday of Advent by lighting the first three candles (Hope, Peace, Joy), then lighting the fourth candle and lifting up the theme of Love. HOWEVER! Because it is also Christmas Eve Day our Sunday School and any children and adults who want to help, will present the Christmas Story (the one in the Bible) using Puppets! A wonderful story and a good time. And yes, there will be carols and lots of music.
Then, because it is Christmas Eve, we will be celebrating Christ’s birth at 7:00pm with carols, communion and candle lighting. A quiet service of beauty, remembrance, and peace.
We hope you can participate in one of these services, or perhaps both. Each will offer an experience of the holiness of the day, with the added zestiness of good company and eager anticipation.
Although it is infrequent that Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, it has its own flavour – Not yet here and Here! In the darkness of the longest nights, when it seems morning will never come, it arrives with a ray of light blossoming into full blown sunrise. So in life it can seem like the night will never end, then suddenly we realize, often in mysterious ways, that we are not alone and that the light has always been there and always will be.
Whether you are able to attend our services or not this year, on behalf of the staff and congregation, I wish you all the spiritual goodness that is Christmas, and a New Year of happiness for you and all those you love.