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Throughout Advent, we hear the Good News from all the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John because we need good news and that’s what “Gospel” actually means. We have shared stories of courage all along our journey– stories of people who have sung out songs of hope, love, joy, and peace.
On Christmas Eve, Thursday December 24 at 7:00 pm, we return to the story of Jesus’ birth told in the Gospel of Luke. This account is the narrative we read again and again on this holy night, for this author gives us the most beloved detail.
We yearn to see the scene play out, to hear the music of the angels, to feel the rush to the manger to see what this star that pierces the night sky has come to proclaim. We so desire to believe the Good News of the messengers that is the culmination of humanity’s pain of birth: “do not be afraid” for unto us a sign has come that will be to all people… “on earth, peace.”
Churches and communities throughout the New York Annual Conference will be ringing bells at 6:00pm on Christmas Eve. Big bells, little bells, jingle bells, sleigh bells…from our church steps, windows and doorsteps…all ages…
Please plan to step outside for two minutes on Christmas Eve at 6pm and make a joyful noise!
ADVENT Taize Prayer
ADVENT Evening Taize Prayer
During our waiting and expectation, join others for candlelight, silence, and song.
They will call him Immanuel, which means “God with us.” Matthew 1:23