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 “Do not be afraid, for see I bring you good news of great joy for all your people.” – Luke 2:10  

Many of us have Christmas traditions. Last weekend my family started a new one, the Daharsh Christmas Extravaganza, where we spent the weekend together going to the Christmas Carol play, ringing bells for the Salvation Army, attending the Christkindl Market, going to the Bethany Christmas Program, and worshiping together, baking cookies, and exchanging gifts. Fun was had by all, and we look forward to continuing this new tradition. The best part of the weekend was taking time for each other and living in gratitude for our family. It was a treat to be together in these still unsettled times.    

There is still fear and anxiety in the air because of Covid and my hope is when you come to church, whether in person or at home livestreaming, that you will hear the words of the angel say, “Do not be afraid” in a new way. Words that are meant for each of us. This pandemic has challenged me, and I hope you as well, to hear the words more deeply and personally. Words of peace, hope, love, and joy at a time that we are collectively confronted by a pandemic that does not seem to go away.  

Maybe this year is a time for you to listen more purposely to the story of Jesus’ birth. Maybe this year is the year to start a new tradition of taking time to thank God for what you have been given. Maybe this year is a time for new beginnings as we celebrate the birth Jesus.  

“To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you, you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:11.  

May worship on Christmas Eve become a tradition for you and your family, a place of new beginnings.  

Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24

4 pm Interactive Family Service (in person and online)

7 pm Traditional Service (in person and online)

10 pm Traditional Service (in person only)  

Merry Christmas,

Pr. Cathy