FROM THE RECTOR
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness — on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest . . . For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:2-3, 6
As we make our final preparations to welcome Our Lord once again and celebrate the anniversary of his birth in Bethlehem, I wish each and every one of you and your families the joy and wonder and awe that the Christmas season brings. While this year's celebrations may be online and our family gatherings smaller than our usual festivities and traditions, may you find that your heart is as full as ever with love.
I do hope you will make time to gather and participate in the worship services that you will find posted later today on the church website (www.messiahgwynedd.org). And I encourage you to engage in both services:
The children's service is a delight as the Christmas story is told and children build the creche. There is a simplicity in this service each year that allows us once more to enter into the familiar tale with childlike excitement and wonder, as if hearing it for the first time.
And the more traditional service carries its own charm and inspiration, with beautiful music, familiar carols, and the profound words of Holy Scripture.
A sincere thank you to all who lent their assistance to bring these services to life! As well as those who once again decorated the sanctuary with such beauty! On a personal note, Deb and I and our family wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! We miss each of you and look forward to the day when we can gather once again as church family and community and join once more in the fellowship that sustains and enriches us greatly. May the year ahead bring happiness, health and hope for each of you, the good people of Messiah, and may we continue to find ways to send the message of God's grace and love into our community, our nation and the world. In closing, I offer you this prayer, which was written especially for this day . . . Glorious God, on this Christmas Eve, we sing beloved carols of Bethlehem, of shepherds and angels, of Mary and Joseph, and the infant Jesus, our Savior. Is there yet a new song we can sing to you? A song to be learned from the heavens and the earth: where the roar of the sea, the exultation of the fields, and the joy of the trees are already raised in a chorus of glad rejoicing, ready to welcome you. Even if no ear may hear your coming, help us to hear the music of creation. Then, with the whole cosmos, we will sing of your salvation, declare your glory, and in a wonderful crescendo of praise, bless your name: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace! Amen.
Feasting on the Word
Blessings! Grace! Peace! Joy! And Love to each of you in this most blessed season! Keith