Dear Christ Church,
This is the irrational season
When love blooms bright and wild.
Had Mary been filled with reason
There’d have been no room for the child.
This little poem by Madeleine L’Engle is one of my favorites for this time of year. It captures the mystery of watching and waiting in the image of a long-awaited bloom, one that is bright and wild as the improbable incarnation of God. It evokes the hope that we bear within us, like gestation, space we’ve made for Christ to live within us. And it’s only through eyes of faith that we can see this beautiful truth, a knowing beyond pure reason and rationality. Year-round we seek the face of God and know his company, but with Christmas only one week away let’s seek the humility and quiet that makes “room for the child.”
We will celebrate the Incarnation of our great God in the following ways this year:
**Online only, beginning @4pm. Tune in right at 4pm or, since the service will be available/viewable on our YouTube Channel throughout the whole evening, gather in your home at any convenient time for this service.
**Onsite only @5pm. Registration is required for this service. Once the sanctuary is full, overflow seating will be provided in the courtyard.
**Onsite + Live Stream @7pm. Registration is required for this service, with overflow seating in the courtyard. It will also be live streamed. Please note: we originally were not planning to live stream the 5pm and 7pm services since the 4pm online service will be available throughout the whole evening. However, in light of the rising number of Covid-19 cases and the uniqueness of sharing the sacrament of time in the live evening services, we want to make it an easy decision to stay home and stay well for any who discern this to be their best choice.
Lastly, if you have not already received today’s “Letter from the Rector and Vestry,” please take a moment to catch up here.
Peace on Earth, Cliff+
P.S. Check your postal mailbox next week for a 12-day Christmastide devotional prepared for you jointly by four Anglican churches of our diocese. If you don’t get one in the mail and are coming to Christmas Eve services, you can pick one up there. They will also be available online next week.