Goodness - is it already so close to Christmas Day!!! I do hope I will see many familiar faces at our Christmas Eve Zoom service (December 24th, 7 p.m.) Just think, this year you will not need to rush dinner, put on coats and boots, and find a place to park. You and those who live with you can gather at the computer and join the service! Feel free to share the link with friends and family.
Just think of the generations of Christians who have celebrated the birth of God's son since the first Christmas Day - through wars and communist eras and strife, sometimes with many others; sometimes all alone.
As we are all God's children, then does that mean we are brothers and sisters of Christ or many times removed cousins! I like to think of us as one big family, a family like many others with good times and bad ones, agreements and disagreements, and sharing and caring, whether close together or far apart. I'm reminded of that on Sunday's when Marjorie Moir joins our Zoom services from her home in Florida. We are family with the same father.
How life has changed for us since last Christmas! Who would have thought then that we would be able to attend church at home. I know that people will miss sharing the turkey and trimmings, pies and other baking with family and friends the way they used to. Those with grandchildren not living in the same home or living in non-red zones are no doubt grieving not being able to get together to see them open their gifts. However, with the magic of the internet and services like Zoom and Facetime and other software, you can share the day with family near and far around the globe and show each other your trees and gifts.
This has been a year of learning to do old things new ways. What will 2021 bring? Will you want to continue to go to church from the comfort of your home or will you want to gather together in person with your church family?
As we listen to the familiar Christmas (and maybe some new ones) carols and hymns, may the Christmas (as in the birth of Christ) spirit seep into our hearts and souls.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2021 from me and on behalf of your Church Council,