Dear Friends at Epiphany,
When Pope Julius 1 authorized December 25 to be celebrated as the birthday of Jesus in A.D. 353, who would have ever thought that it would become what it is today.
When Professor Charles Follen lit candles on the first Christmas tree in 1832, who would have ever thought that the decorations would become as elaborate as they are today.
It is a long time since 1832, longer still from 353, longer still from that dark night brightened by a special star in which Jesus the king was born. Yet, as we approach December 25 again, it gives us another opportunity to pause, and in the midst of all the excitement and elaborate decorations and expensive commercialization which surround Christmas today, to consider again the event of Christmas and the person whose birth we celebrate.
One good thing about belonging to a church, is that it provides us with another way to observe Christmas other than the way we see in the commercial world. So many feel lost and alone at Christmas, as if Christmas somehow sharpens the human condition. But there is a secret waiting only for us to step through the church door to discover. For in our church Home, we come and find family; we find beautiful, meaningful decorations; we find the chance to eat together; to sing carols; to work together; to share meaningful conversations and most of all know the real presence in our lives of Christ born at Bethlehem. Here in our church home is the quiet, reality that waits behind the commercial ”hoopla”.
At this time of year, on behalf of all the folks of the church, we look back on our year together. We want to say thank you to all who contribute for all the ways people give at Epiphany.
We look forward to seeing you and yours at church. If you wish a visit with a minister, please do not hesitate to call. It is a delight to come and share a coffee with you, to share about our lives, and to spend time together.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Teresa Corrigan 519-671-0577 The Rev. Peter Leonared 519-681-6076