After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Luke 2:46
Tomorrow we hear about the child Jesus in Jerusalem, in the center of learning and ritual. His parents lose track of him. When they find him he has entered into a new phase of life. We’ll think about annual rituals we have in our lives, how we are called into vocations, and what to do when we are lost.
It’s the beginning of the new year so we’ll stand outside–in humility and openness to the world around us–and make our confession there. We’ll talk about how appropriate it is for us to say or sing the entrance rite outside the walls of the word and sacrament room. There is a spiritual prelude at work in the kyrie which comes to climax in the hymn of praise, which in turn leads to the reading of the word.
I encourage all of you to come and enjoy your church, decorated for Christmas. We’ll sing Christmas hymns and see all the symbols and colors of the season with the rush and intensity behind us.
A word of thanks to all of you who attended and helped with Christmas at Peace. There are so many reasons that this year was happy and satisfying to me, and all of them have to do with you.
We keep Christmas together, and this year, again, you brought your talents and attention to preparation for the services and to leadership and supportive roles within them. Mainly, you showed up. You sang and listened and prayed and took part in the liturgy. Thank you.
I am so proud of our kids, our kids at home and our college kids who attend our services when they come back home. I am grateful to the adults who decorated the church, to all our musicians, to all of you who continue to support and help in many ways. Peace is warm, friendly and alive because of all of you.