Agape' Metropolitan Community Church
This Week's News and Updates
December 24 2019

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Christmas Eve

The Word became a human being.
(Joh 1:14 ; New Int. Readers Version)

Er wurde einer von uns - ein Mensch wie andere Menschen. (Phil. 2,7; Neue Genfer Übersetzung)

At Christmas, people all around the world gather to look at Jesus. In Jesus, God became a human being. Looking at Jesus, we are seeing the one who sent Jesus (John 12:45). Merry Christmas!

Well, to be precise: God became a Galilean Jewish man in Judea, the later Palestine.

Especially men somehow got some of this wrong. As if men would be more representative of God. Non-men and non-conforming men soon had to learn to see beyond the visible gender of Jesus - in order to see themselves, too, represented in the humanness of Jesus. To understand and celebrate that God became them, too.

Just as today, the marginalized didn‘t always have the privilege to see themselves represented in those who are visible and have a voice.

Hence, from the beginning of Christianity, the marginalized queered the former principle of limiting representatives to their visible categories.

Jesus was a man? Maybe, but him being a man does not allow men to own him.
Jesus could see? Yes, but that didn’t limit his ministry to those who are sighted.
Jesus could hear? Yes, but that didn’t limit his presence to those who are hearing.

And because these limits did not count, those formerly invisible became visible.
Those formerly silenced became heard.
Those formerly ignored became acknowledged.

Not because they became “the same” or as “normal” as those privileged. The woman didn’t have to become a man. The Gentile didn’t have to become a Jew. The poor didn’t have to become rich (if at all: vice versa). The non-conforming didn’t have to become conforming.

The core of Christianity is neither about joining privileges in an unjust system, nor about “please be nice to me, because I am as normal as you are”. The birth of Jesus is the birth of a movement of all and to all – just as we are, just where we are, to be(come) just who we are.

Merry Christmas, MCCers of all genders, sexualities, classes, languages, educations and abilities around the globe! God sees you, no matter which categories current religious and political representatives fit into. In Jesus, God became you.

Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
We received the following email from Matthew W. Roberts, PhD (Pronouns: He, Him, His), Partnership Specialist, 2020 Census, U.S. Census Bureau/Dallas Regional Census Center

Dear 2020 Census Partners and supporters,

During this celebratory season and with the new year nearly upon us, the Census Bureau and I would like to thank you for your support of the 2020 Census and efforts to ensure it is a complete success. Incredible progress is being made in preparation for April 1st. Soon you will see a surge in our 2020 Census national media campaign. This will get people thinking about the census and possibly create some conversation-starters for your outreach efforts.

As we continue to prepare, a key piece of 2020 Census logistics still needs to be fully accomplished: recruiting enough workers to conduct these massive operations. Not a holiday present per se, but you might be giving the gift of knowledge by letting people know we are recruiting right now for tens of thousands of jobs. They can go to:

Another way is to post the following link on your social media or forward it to a friend.

December Birthdays
12/03 - Carol Boutwell
12/05 - Jim Simmons
12/09 - Dan Leaver
12/10 - Jeremy Phillips
12/11 - Taylor Howell Wolfer-Stephens 
12/15 - Cassy Batts
12/15 - Trish Ashton 
12/15 - Randall Roberts 
12/20 - Linda Crear
12/24 - Johnny Price 
12/26 - Pat Kaiser
12/27 - Val McMullan 
12/29 - Jo Pierce
12/30 - Phyllis Sasser
Christmas Eve
"The Rebels of Christmas"

The Gathering: "Light One Candle, Watch for the Messiah" Jeremy and Mickey

Call to Christmas: "All is Well" Leigh Wolfer and Mickey Howell

Processional Hymn: "O Come All Ye Faithful" Community

The Scripture: John1:1-5 Rev. Roberty Myers

Special Music: "One Candle Lights the Way" TGFM

Time with our Children: Rev. David Wynn

Special Music: "Breath of Heaven" TGFM

Hymn:  “Be Still"

The Story Continues - Joseph's Dream, Rev. David Wynn

Song: " O Come, O Come" Community

Community Prayer: Rev. Robert Myers

Special Music: "Love is Christmas" Jeremy Phillips and Mickey Howell

The Story Continues: The Census, The Journey, The Birth, Rev. David Wynn

Special Music: "Child of the Star" Trish Ashton, Cassy Bats, Leigh Wolfer

Bringing Our Gifts: Cassy Batts

The Story Continues: The Shepherds Story, Rev. David Wynn

Lighting of the Christ Candle: Rev. David Wynn

Song of Response:   “Peace, Peace, Silent Night”  TGFM and Community

Announcements and Benediction: Rev. David Wynn

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