Christmas 2020 at First Church:
These COVID days are fluid. We plan on gathering for worship through the winter with the windows open if the temperature is 40 or above at the time of worship on Sundays at 10:00 am.
For Christmas Eve, we will make an exception.
As the story goes – In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.
Joseph went to be registered with Mary in Nazareth, to whom he was engaged. They were expecting a child. While they were there, she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn.
In that region shepherds were keeping watch over their flock by night. An angel of the Lord stood before them, the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. You will find a child wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among all whom God blesses!"
This story of our hearts will be part of our journey if we are gathered in our sacred space or spaced apart holding the sacred together.
We do hope to be in the sanctuary Christmas Eve for 5 pm , 7 pm, and 9 pm services. The registration link for Christmas Eve will be available on the website under the "Get Connected" tab and in the Steeple on Wednesday, December 2nd. We will also offer an online version of the Christmas Eve Service like we do every Sunday. After the 5 pm service there will be a special "Live Nativity" in the memorial garden made-up of socially distanced families. At First Church, we never know what kind of animals might visit the nativity!
May peace and the star of hope guide us in these usual times,