"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light" (Isaiah 9:2). As we come to the end of Advent and as we are about to celebrate Christmas, these words of the Prophet Isaiah ring out a message of hope and light in a dark time. The coming of Jesus we recall in the next days, is not so much a remembrance of a past event as an opportunity to open ourselves to the living Christ.
Where are you in your life right now? Are you in a place of joy? Anxiety? Grief? Wherever that place is, experience the light Christ brings to you this Christmas. Open your heart to expect his coming in your life and his presence with you wherever you are.
That's why we invite and encourage you to make time to worship with us in our faith community this Christmas. In the middle of whatever busyness and the clamor you may experience, see Jesus who seeks to come to bring light to whatever darkness you may experience, and to celebrate with you in the place of joy. Meet him as he comes to us in the Holy Eucharist, and in your brothers and sisters at St. John's, in the presence of friends and strangers. There are three opportunities for worship each with its own unique style: a simple family service at 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve; glorious and stirring at 10:30 p.m. with music beginning at 10:00 p.m.; or quiet and reflective at 11:00 a.m. on Christmas morning.
Remember also that while our culture moves beyond Christmas after the presents are opened, we are only just beginning the celebration for twelve glorious days! Once again we invite everyone in our congregation to Clergy House on New Year's Day for an open House from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. We do so hope you will come celebrate with us and please let us know you are coming here. This year we will culminate our celebration by joining our sister congregation, St. James in-the-City on Wilshire Blvd. with a festive mass for the Feast of the Epiphany on Wednesday January 8 at 7:30 pm, please let us know you are coming to that as well.
As we begin these glorious days, allow the great light of Christ to come to you not as the babe of Bethlehem, but as the living and life changing Lord. Let him come to whatever place you are to bring light and life. Know that you will be in our prayers during this season, and especially as we gather at the Lord's table. May you have a blessed Christmas!