Dec. 27, 2018 Together at Christmas
Preparing for Christmas takes many hands; hands to place greens in window boxes, to change the oil in candles, to polish the brass at the communion rail. The hands of our Christ Church parishioners do all of those things with love. It is the first gift of Christmas, the loving preparation of the church for the services that will follow.
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2: 1-12
The video above was created by parishioner Alan Tran during the greening of the church after the 10:00 a.m. service on December 23rd and then during the 10 p.m. service on Christmas Eve. Thank you, Alan, for both the gift of this video and of your talent.