Nativity Notes
From the Dean
Sweet Little Jesus Boy

Long time ago, you were born, Born in a manger low,
Sweet Little Jesus Boy, The world treats you mean, Lord,
Treats me mean, too, But that’s how things are down here
We don’t know who you are.
                 Robert MacGimsey (1898-1979)

“The word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Christmas day invitation in scripture is the poetry of the gospeller John. God’s very word came to us in the flesh to dwell among us.

An afternoon opportunity to do my “worship” what sought me, found me. The beautifully sung phrases of an unknown to me piece written by Robert MacGimsey. Sweet Little Jesus Boy, the word that became flesh.

How hard the world tries to get “in between” us. The harsh way we talk about one another. The cruel way we seek to name an enemy or turn desperate people into something to fear. The numbness that comes for some of us from our clinging to the false promises that come with commercialism. The insidious thorns that hide under false blooms of our surrounding ourselves with possessions we do not need while others hunger and thirst. How hard the world tries to “get in between” us when soon we begin to look at each other as commodities to be consumed or dispensed when our need can no longer be satisfied. When the world “gets in between us” it tends to be mean, a mean place to be.

Sweet Little Jesus Boy drops right into the middle of all of that. Drops in with the invitation to “know” him. Drops in wrapped in the most powerful of all antidotes to the world’s cynicism and ruthlessness. Draped in literal humility and the embodiment of true Love, the word made flesh consumes our hearts to beat faster and love wider. To “know him” is to find a simple courage. A courage to receive Love and Be Love. A courage to get the world out of the way of the kindness and compassion we have all been gifted to share.

Sweet Little Jesus Boy

Adult Forums:
Dec. 30 - No Adult Forum
Jan. 6 - Epiphany Blessing & Breakfast with Einstein the Camel
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 30, 5 PM. Cathedral Choir and Friends. Choral music from ancient to 21st century, punctuated by harp and flute. All are welcome!
Epiphany Blessing & Breakfast
Sunday, January 6th 8:45 AM-10:15 AM

Special Guest: Einstein the Camel

Bring a gift for Baby Jesus. Proceeds benefit the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center in Rome, Italy.
Organ Birthday Recital  Sunday, January 20, 4 PM. Organ Birthday Recital #1 with Robert McCormick, recitalist, playing the first in a series celebrating the 20 th anniversary of the Cathedral Organ’s installation. Expect remarkable performance of stellar repertoire and a bit of amazing improvisation!
Nativity Book Club will not be meeting in December. On January 31 at 11 AM we will discuss Catherine The Great by Robert Massie. (Note the change of date.) The book for February is Why Religion by Elaine Pagels.
Emergency Shelter Season 2018-2019

Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering will be once again be in action this winter to shelter our street neighbors. A single site at Christ UCC Church, 75 E. Market Street, will also be used again. We will be covering the odd numbered Thursdays as we did last year, and will be using SignUp Genius for online registering of volunteers. The dates are December 1 through March 31 as we've done in the past. You can also contact either Deacon Rodney ( or 484-232-6122) or James Reader ( or 610-417-7418) should you need assistance in signing up, or if you have any questions.

We need people to help register guests, get them their bunk assignment, prepare and serve meals, chaperone through the night and coordinate clean up in the morning. The shelter will open its doors to guests at 5:00 pm and all guests will be out of the building by 7:00 am. This year there will be at least two paid staff members on site from 4:00 pm until 8:00 am.

Parishioners in the Hospital  If a family member is hospitalized, please contact either the clergy or leave a message with the parish office (610-865-0727) informing us of who is in the hospital and at which hospital.
Christmas at the Cathedral
Sunday, December 30 - 5:00 PM Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

Sunday, January 6 - Celebration of the Epiphany
Services Saturday at 5:00 PM and Sunday at 8:00 AM, 8:45 AM and 10:30 AM
8:45 AM Epiphany Breakfast with special guest Einstein the PA Snow Camel

Sunday, January 27 - Parish Annual Meeting & Breakfast
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
9:00 AM Sunday School & Annual Meeting
10:30 AM Holy Eucharist
Cathedral Schedule

Friday, December 28
10:30 AM Barbara Dunn Memorial Service; Reception following in Sayre Hall
2:30 PM New Bethany Ministries Staff Meeting - Goodwin Room

Saturday, December 29
9:00 AM Altar Guild Prep – Cathedral
4:30 PM Order of St. Luke Centering Prayer - Good Shepherd Chapel
5:00 PM Celtic Christmas – Cathedral

Sunday, December 30
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist - Cathedral
10:30 AM Holy Eucharist - Cathedral
5:00 PM Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols - Cathedral

Monday, December 31
Cathedral Office Closed - New Year Holiday

Tuesday, January 1
Cathedral Office Closed - New Year Holiday
9:30 AM Nativity Serves at New Bethany Meal Center

Wednesday, January 2
Cathedral Office Closed
9:00 AM Holy Eucharist | Healing Service - Good Shepherd Chapel

Thursday, January 3
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop
3:30 PM Nativity Budget Committee Meeting - Room 23
7:00 PM Cathedral Handbell Choir Rehearsal - Bishop Gray Room
7:00 PM S-Anon - Room 21

Friday, January 4
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop

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