During the morning service we will be celebrating the sacrament of baptism. We then will join in exploring the story of Christmas.
Our evening service will be at 8:00. At that service we will have lots of music as the Handbell Choir, Junior Choir and Adult Choir will all be taking part, along with a number of carols being sung by the congregation. As is our custom, the service will close with candle lighting and the singing of Silent Night by the glow of our candles.
The Scripture Readings for the evening service are:
- Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
- Luke 2:1-21
The Christmas Reflection this year is called A Child is Born
The change may be small. It may take a while to know the difference. Or the change might be overwhelming, noticeable immediately. But there WILL be change!
What kind of change does the birth story we tell this night presage?
What is being born as we sit and listen for angel song this Christmas?
At Christmas we celebrate a birth that happened 200 years ago. At Christmas we celebrate a birth that happens this very night. Both. At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus the man from Nazareth, we celebrate the coming of the kingdom that Jesus will announce as an adult. We also celebrate that the angelic announcement is as much for us as it was for the shepherds of Luke's account.
For to US a child is born. For to US a son is given. For to US is born this night in the City of David...
Birth, it changes things. Tonight we mark a birth that has changed, is changing, and will continue to change the world.