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See Christmas in a New Light This Year

We are delighted to announce the launch of our website dedicated to what is happening in Advent and Christmas - ChristmasinCastleRock.org

This site is a labor of love that takes the joy and connection we feel when we are praying, studying, serving and playing together and invites others to connect to it and to us. Please take a look and share it with friends. Perhaps you'll want to also extend a personal invitation to the events you're planning to attend during Advent and Christmas as well. It's a time when so many feel a yearning to connect with old traditions and create new ones, after all.

New Light


Wednesday, December 24

5:30 p.m. in The Sanctuary

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred,
and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit,
become a child again at Christmas-time. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Do you remember the uncomplicated, trusting wonder you felt as a child on Christmas Eve? That pure and heady mix of anticipation and reverence, joy and mystery all tangled up with love? The sure, hope-filled, universal connectedness we call the Christmas spirit?

Share that feeling, again, with your family at our Christmas Eve service.   The 5:30 service will be hosted by the children of the church, who are creating a simple yet beautiful interpretation of the story of Luke to share with us, their church family. You are invited. All are welcome.

(If your children would like to participate, come to the rehearsal on December 21, the last Sunday in Advent, between services from 9:10 until 10:15. There are no lines to learn, no costumes, and an adult will guide each child as to when it is their turn to walk down the aisle. Please call us at 303.688.5185 if you have questions.)

10:00 Musicmakers concert (learn more)
10:30 Midnight Mass

Silent night…
Holy night…
All is calm, all is bright…

That holy waiting…the reverent hush… will be present at the late night service on Christmas Eve at Christ’s Church. The Sanctuary will provide a  welcoming place for us to celebrate the hope the living Christ brought, and continues to bring, to the world. That night in particular, we will shake off the cold and greet each other warmly.

There are no strangers on Christmas Eve. All are family. Everyone  is awash in that loving, poignantly tender mix of emotions this sacred night brings home to each of us:  our nostalgic memories, our resiliently innocent and vulnerable hope.

Then, as the carols ring and the service progresses, we each lighten, connecting to the faith-filled wonder Mary felt as she prepared for her baby’s birth. We share the strong yet trusting protectiveness of Joseph as he sought shelter for his little family that long ago night. We wonder anew at this ancient miracle.

The truth and strength of the holy connection we have with those who’ve gone before us, those who share this world with us now, and those who will come after us will be brightly present as the final echo of Silent Night fades. We will file out into the night with comfort, with joy. We will resolve to prolong this connectedness, to nurture the holiness in each of our lives this next year, to support and love one another anew.

Sleep in Heavenly peace.
For Christ, the Savior, is born.

 


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Click here to share your THANKS. Your THANKS prayer will be completely anonymous unless you give us your name. We will publish it here. We *do* have to moderate the board for spam, so we can't publish your comment until it's reviewed. But we will review all prayers at least once a day. If you wish, you can take a look at the Wall any time. We will include a link to it in the Fully Alive News and the email newsletters.

Thank you for being such a valuable part of this place to be...fully alive.

In Service,
your friends at Christ's Church.