We hear the story of Jesus being baptized, and see how it launches his life and ministry… what’s our part to play in this story? How does this practice of baptism set us up to be a community of beginners in the face of overwhelming challenges and struggles?
In the heights of Christmas, we tell a scary story: one that may not have happened just so, but one that also reminds us of how fragile—and how precious—new life can be, especially because it brings change to powers that have been.
On Christmas Eve, we come together to tell the story of God’s love which has come to dwell in us and all things through Lessons and Carols… but we begin the story—very small—and hope to grow that spark of love.
Scripture: Isaiah 35:1-10
As the prophet reminds us to strengthen one another with good news, we give thanks for the ways in which our children and our pageant characters embody joy, and love, for us… helping to make God’s presence real before us, and calling us to echo that presence for others.