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Christmas Day 2019
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A Note from Peter

Imagine if Christmas came in October. Or February. But no, in early Christianity, the church co-opted the pagan rituals of the Winter Solstice and made it the feast of the birth of Christ. So the birth of Jesus comes conspicuously close to the time when the nights get shorter and the days get long.

As Gregory of Nyssa said in the fourth century, "The darkness begins to grow shorter and the light to lengthen, as the hours of night become fewer. Nor is it an accident…that this change occurs on the solemn day when divine life is manifested…Rather, to those who are attentive, nature manifests through visible things a hidden reality…"

I seem to hear her saying, ‘Realize…as you observe these phenomena, that the invisible is being manifested to you through the visible. You see, do you not, that night has reached its greatest length, and since it can advance no farther, comes to a halt and withdraws?...Do you see that the beams of light are more intense and the sun higher than it has been? Realize that the true light is now here and, through the rays of the gospel, is illumining the whole earth.

May the Wonderful Counselor guide you, the Mighty God protect you; the Everlasting Father be with you, and the Prince of Peace comfort you this Christmastide.
A Christmas Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson

Loving God, help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world.

Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake. Amen.
Celebrate with us on Sunday!

Christmas Lessons and Carols
9:00 and 11:15 a.m.

New Year's Brunch
10:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall
Bring a breakfast casserole to share!

No Sunday School.