Remember and Hope: Celebrating Our Community of Faith

On the Ninth Day of Christmas . . .
Remember and Hope: Celebrating Our Community of Faith

Wednesday, January 2
6:00 p.m. in the Chapel
Facilitated by Tommy Bratton

The Advent season has prepared us to welcome Jesus into our daily lives, yet Christmas Day may have felt more like an ending than a beginning to many. As soon as the presents are opened and the extended family returns home, the tree comes down and the decorations are put away. The anticipation and joy are behind us and it is time to get back to a familiar routine. However, in the Christian year, the season of Christmas only begins on December 25 and continues until Twelfth Night, January 5. Our challenge this year is to re-imagine Christmas Day not as an end to the season, but the beginning of a celebration. At Christmas, Jesus was born. God has taken on flesh and became human. Good news of great joy has come. It is a new beginning.

As we join together for this service, we will reflect on God’s presence this past year, tell stories, and share hopes for a new year. We may or may not have nine ladies dancing, but we will talk about the nine Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and how we might cultivate those virtues in the new year.