By The Rev. Katheryn King
These verses recall memories of decorated rooms with wreaths and evergreens, whether designer or simply Gramma’s tree hung with packs of Juicy Fruit gum. Traditions continue with cookies and cocoa, fabulous foods but most especially, time with friends and family. Most of us are blessed with all the comforts of home.
Yet for others this time of year is a reminder of loss or estrangement. The thought of “going home” is either too painful or non-existent. It is heart-wrenching to watch and read about so many people forced to flee violence and persecution in war-torn regions of the world. At the same time, there is homelessness and poverty in our own city+.
Perhaps that is why hearing the story of Joseph and Mary going home to Bethlehem tells us how precarious and precious family is. We do not have to be away or alone to find an entry point in this story. There is a deep yearning to be together not only at the holidays. Jesus is born to show how serious God is to be with us and for us. Even shepherds decide to go and see and show us the way.
Yet Jesus is the way, and we are welcomed home, not as strangers, not even as expected guests –but family.
My personal hope and prayer is that you and yours will “come home” to Grace and Worship together at Christmas:
12 pm- Simple Holy Eucharist
4 pm- Family Service – children procession of the Crèche, Eucharist (with childcare)
6 pm- Quiet Service – With carols and Eucharist
9 pm- Festival Holy Eucharist
10 am- Holy Eucharist
God’s love, joy, and peace.