As I read the story of the birth of Jesus, I am struck by how all of the main characters (Mary, Joseph, Jesus, Elizabeth, the Inn Keeper, the shepherds, the angels, - even the Magi) were thrown out of their normal lives. Each was displaced in their own way, asked to do something strange and new. If we think of our own lives, we, too, are consistently being displaced by the circumstances of life. Perhaps it is the birth of a baby, an unexpected medical diagnosis, a layoff, or the death of a parent or spouse. In all of these events, we feel displaced, thrown out of our normal lives. The birth of Jesus reminds us that just because we feel displaced, that does not mean that God has abandoned us. In fact, it is the very opposite. 2000 years ago, God, in Jesus Christ, came into the lives of displaced people with love, strength, and grace. That is just as true today; God, in Jesus, continues to hang out with the displaced and marginalized. Look for those displaced in our world, there you will find Jesus and there we are also called to be.
Come and worship! Come and worship! Worship Christ the newborn king! In person: Christmas Eve at 5:00 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. Online: you can join us online for our live-streamed service beginning at 10:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. See above for the link. If you miss the live-stream, you can watch a recording of the same service afterwards using the same link.