This year during Advent, we've been
Singing Our Way to the Manger, and we are now only a few days from our destination. One of my favorite stories of the season is one that is told through music. It is the one-act operetta
Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti. An imaginative tale of an impoverished single mother and her crippled boy who receive a surprise visit from three kings on their way to see the Christ child, it moves me to both laughter and tears every time I see it. In one powerful scene, one of the kings describes the child to whom the star will lead them:
"The child we seek doesn't need our gold. On love, on love alone he will build his kingdom. His pierced hand will hold no scepter. His haloed head will wear no crown. His might will not be built on your toil. Swifter than lightning he will soon walk among us. He will bring us new life and receive our death, and the keys to his city belong to the poor."
It sure seems like this year especially we need the good news of a king like this...one who comes humbly among us and promises to bring justice, righteousness, and peace for all God's children. I look forward to hearing the familiar story as Luke tells it and singing the familiar carols we love so well. In these last few days before Christmas, let us all prepare room in our hearts to welcome him.
Waiting with Great Expectations,
Here's a reminder of our schedule for this Sunday:
10am - One morning service full of lessons and carols for the whole Trinity family
3pm - Children's Christmas Eve Service
4:30pm - Traditional Christmas Eve Service
6:30pm - Contemporary Christmas Eve Service
9:00pm - Sonlight Concert
9:30pm - Blended Christmas Eve Service
11:00 - Traditional Christmas Eve Service in the Chapel
And for those who are experiencing grief, loss, or disappointment and are looking for some comfort in this season, we invite you to our Longest Night service at 7pm this evening in the Chapel.