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Merry Christmas – St. Nick’s News Dec. 21, 2023

Full St. Nick’s News for December 21, 2023

Dear Friends,

This Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve. We will be having one morning service at 8:30am to celebrate Advent and two Christmas Eve services to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

At 3:30pm we have our Family Service with Pop-Up Christmas pageant and 6:30pm we have our traditional Christmas service. If you are wondering, a Pop-Up Pageant is a no rehearsal pageant where children and kids of all ages can put on a costume and help tell the Christmas story. In doing this last year, we found that our visitors were appreciative that their children or grandchildren were able to participate and join in on the storytelling. Many of our visitors were surprised that everyone was included. It is a good thing to have open arms and hearts when we tell the story of God coming among us.

Every year we gather to hear the Christmas story. The story of the great and awesome love God has for us, in that God became incarnate in Jesus Christ to live among us and love us. God came in the flesh so we might have life in Jesus our Lord. We remind ourselves and one another, that we are beloved of God, we are God’s children and the gift of God in Jesus is a gift worth visiting and revisiting – every Christmas… well, every Sunday… well, every day.

I pray you have a blessed Christmas. I pray that you make space and find time to feel the love of God in Christ Jesus for you.

“Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts. May the Christmas morning  make us happy to be thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.” (prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson)

And for those who are traveling, may you be blessed with beautiful vacations, time with family and friends, and safe travels:

O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP pg. 831)

Merry Christmas.
God’s Peace, Love, and Blessings,
Beth+