Noticings – December 22, 2021

NOTICINGS…

December 22, 2021

I made it! This is my last bit of creative writing or sermonizing that is on my to-do list before Christmas. I couldn’t leave it to the last minute on Christmas Eve (not that I would anyway) because Christmas Eve is today! No, not really, but we are pre-recording Christmas Eve today. Oh, and it’s Boxing Day today too, just in case you were wondering. Why so early? Sadly, we all know the answer. Due to massive increases in the number of Covid cases spreading like wildfire we had to change our plans and shift to all online worship again. Bizarrely, we’re back to ‘normal’ again. After almost 2 years of this it really does feel normal in a way. How odd that is!

The other part of this is that I always take a week of holidays after Christmas Eve. Well, if that’s today, then my holidays start early! Bonus. Ok, not that early – there’s still pre-recorded video to edit together tomorrow. Nonetheless, the feeling that “I made it” is palpable. Christmas hubbub is always tiring, and Covid complications only make it worse. So the theme through my Christmas week messages is about keeping or finding the Christmas spirit in the midst of all this. Writing them has been helpful for me. I hope hearing them helps you too.

Here are a couple of changes to tell you about, and things to look for. If you hadn’t heard yet this Noticings has told you that all our in-person Christmas gathering, both indoors and outdoors, has been cancelled. Here’s the schedule for when things will be available online:
Christmas Eve 1 – 4:00 pm – a short Family/Kids based video with a message from me
Christmas Eve 2 – 6:00 pm – our ‘Lessons & Carols’ service (with communion)
Boxing Day – 10:30 am – a shortened Sunday worship

You can find all these on our YouTube channel.
(You don’t have to tune in at those times – they’ll be available anytime from then on.)

Once again, this Christmas season hasn’t gone as expected. Nobody wanted another Covid Christmas. But anytime we pause and remember the nativity, and sing carols of praise, and pray prayers of hope, peace, joy, and love, however we happen to be together to do so, whether online or in-person, is a good day.
I pray you’ll have a joyful, sacred, and safe Christmas! Be well, and be blessed! You made it too.

Shalom,
Rev. Larry