Merry Christmas one and all. It was a joyous evening to begin our Christmas season. Plenty of folks filling the pews, members and guests galore. Music was offered, prayers prayed, and candles reminding us that the Light of the world has come into the world. Worship brought the start of what we pray is a family-filled, joyful, relaxing week. Blessings and Christmas greetings.

Our lessons bring us the message of hope: that one will come to be savior, redeemer, and the one who brings peace. We were reminded that the times of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are not unlike our present time. There are those who have and those who don’t and a lot who are chugging along. We are reminded that we are called to bear witness to the truth – that our true peace comes in Jesus and helps us balance the competing influences in our life. Our mission this Christmas season is to tell God’s story of relationship and get out of the way so we can carry the message to the world.

I invite your comments. Merry Christmas!

Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20

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