Dear Christ Church,
It’s almost here. Our anticipation has been building; our ache for the coming King and Kingdom has been sharpening. This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Incarnation, the incredible news of a God who has not left us alone, but came near and bore our sin and sorrow, and set us free. Who can you invite to join us for one of our two Christmas Eve services? Just as our Savior crossed the border of heaven to come to us, let’s walk across the room or the street to extend an invitation of hope.
Please make note: we will have only one Sunday morning service at 10am, a normal Advent service, not a “Christmas Eve” service. We will have two Christmas Eve services in the evening to celebrate the Feast of the Incarnation. The 6pm service will include a children’s pageant in addition to our full Eucharist. The 8pm service will be a lovely service with orchestral strings and our full Eucharist.
This is a time of year when many people consider their Bible reading habits. We absorb the flavors of eternity when we steep ourselves in the story and speech of God. Here is a comprehensive resource on the many different approaches to Bible reading. There is no perfect plan. Pick the one that actually works for you, and read and let the aroma of Christ fill you.
Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience, and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
In joyful service to the Living Word,
P.S. If you missed the recent letter from the Rector and Vestry, you can find it here.