Dear Congregational Family,

Advent/Christmas poems: Throughout the centuries, the church has expressed the deep spiritual meanings of the Advent of Christ through poetry. As is often the case, poetry can carry in a couple verses the communication of deep truths that entire volumes of books struggle to convey. (These are taken from the Advent/Christmas devotional: “Watch for the Light”)

“Lo, in the silent night
A child to God is born
And all is brought again
That ere was lost or lorn.
Could but thy soul, O man,
Become a silent night!
God would be born in thee
And set all things aright.”
(5th century)

“Light of lights! All gloom dispelling,
Thou didst come to make thy dwelling
Here within our world of sight.
Lord, in pity and in power,
Thou didst in our darkest hour
Rend the clouds and show thy light.
Praise to thee in earth and heaven
Now and evermore be given,
Christ, who art our sun and shield.
Lord, for us thy life thou gavest,
Those who trust in thee thou savest,
All thy mercy stands revealed.
(St. Thomas Aquinas – 1200’s)

I’m sure that there are some Advent/Christmas poets in our congregation as well!

Christmas Eve: Next Tuesday is Christmas Eve! Our candlelight services are 5:00pm, 7:00pm, and 9:00pm. The services are festive and filled with beautiful music, and the readings and proclamation of the Christmas Gospel! If you are able, come early and hear the additional special instrumental music before the service begins as well. Invite someone to come with you. These services are so special and they stay in one’s soul for a lifetime!

Sermon text: For this Sunday the text is Luke 1:26-38,46-56.

The title is: “The Child of Mary”

God bless you as we continue,

“Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God”

Pastor Carlson