“Inspire Generosity: Merry Christmas” by The Rev. Stephanie Kendell

December 24th,2020 Categories: Stephanie Kendell Letters, Weekly Letter

Beloved Church,

Merry Christmas! This week’s newsletter is simple – Merry Christmas.  May the peace and joy of Christ Jesus born anew in our midst, inspire new places of love and community in your life.  We are so grateful for you in our community. We hope that you are spending these holidays in healthy, safe, and loving ways.

We are gathering for Christmas Eve Worship at 11p tonight. Make sure you bring a candle and join us for Silent Night as we ring in Christmas Day.

Also, a reminder that Sunday’s worship is back at 11am and our Resident Seminarian, Kelsey Creech, will bring the message for our time together.

Friends, what a gift this new Christ child is to our world, and we get to experience that gift of love whenever we want through the power of God’s still speaking words- scripture. This Sunday, The Third Day of Christmas, we will gather together across the digital spaces to remember and experience again the wonder and awe of Jesus in our world. So, let’s read together the text for this Sunday from Luke 2.

15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem and see this event that God has made known to us.”

16 They hurried and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger; 17 once they saw this, they reported what they had been told concerning the child. 18 All who heard about it were astonished at the report given by the shepherds. 19 Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart. 20 The shepherds went away glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as they had been told.

And all God’s people said, Amen. What wonder the shepherds must have experienced for their stories and journeys to still be told today. Friends, may that message bring you the glory, power, and love of Jesus this day and every day forward. We are hearing our sibling shepherds; may God’s wonder and joy be praised forever.

Merry Christmas y Feliz Navidad.
Rev. Stephanie

A quick prayer for your week:  Holy and Gracious God, Thank you for the gift of Christ Jesus, Amen.