Christmas, Unrehearsed!

By Amy Norton
December 19, 2019 - 2:56pm

Dear Ones,

Advent IV is upon us again, the Sunday where we help re-tell the story of the first Christmas (which, like our pageant, was unrehearsed). We'll hear the call of the angels, follow the star to Bethlehem, pay homage to the infant Christ, and return home by another way.

One of my favorite lines in the Christmas Story is "But Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart."

In these few short days before Christmas, I invite you to do some pondering of your own:

  • When (and from whom or what) have you heard the call of the Angels proclaiming the birth of the Christ child? 
  • Where is the star of Bethlehem leading you this season?
  • Are you one of the wise ones, traveling in majesty and bravely protecting the child from the violent paranoia of a narcissistic leader, or are you one of the shepherds, humbly offering what you have and bearing witness to the miracle of God entering the world as a peasant child?
  • Are you Mary and Joseph, feeling a little overwhelmed with the task you've been given and yet nevertheless certain that you are supported and right in taking it on?

Ponder these things in your heart as we tell the Christmas Story together in our Unrehearsed Pageant this Sunday at 11am! Anyone who wishes to participate (especially our children and youth) are invited to gather in the chapel at 10:00am for costuming and preparation!

Two days later, on Christmas Eve, come join us in the Sanctuary at 6:30pm for a concert prelude to our 7pm Lessons and Carols Service! All are welcome. Both the Pageant and Lessons and Carols services are opportunities to invite friends and family into the warmth, music, kindness and Good News at United Parish, and welcome the Christ child together.

Your partner in watching and waiting,



To hear last week's sermon, click here.