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Merry Christmas

By December 24, 2011Church News

Dear church,

Merry Christmas! Somehow, it seems like Thanksgiving was yesterday, but we’ve been in the Advent season for longer than four weeks. I do not know if I can explain it, but I wonder if you feel the same way I do? It probably has something to do with how much we try to cram into these four or so weeks. At once they rush by like a sprint and exhaust us like a marathon.

Sometimes the combination of the hurriedness and the weariness causes us to miss the simple beauty of this time. If nothing else, I hope to give you a few minutes to do that right now. Our lives are busy and our time seems ever shorter, so I’m hoping to give you the gift of a moment or two of peaceful, quiet reflection today. Usually these letters are about five or six paragraphs long. Today, it will just be two. Instead of reading my words for four more paragraphs, I would like you to take the few minutes you would have spent doing that and read some words that are far more important than anything I will ever write.

In the midst of a wonderful, but busy season, please spend a few minutes reading this slowly. I hope and pray it blesses you.

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.  -Luke 2:10-18


O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining.

Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!

O night divine, the night when Christ was born;

O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

  -Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure

     English translation by John Sullivan Dwight


I love you. Merry Christmas!


Pastor Adam

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