Things began pretty normally at the 2:00 family Christmas Eve service at All Saints Anglican Church. It was a sunny, but chilly afternoon service. The chapel was decorated with beautiful red Poinsettias, glowing in the light from the stained-glass windows.
It was a small, but intimate group of families gathered to usher in the real meaning of Christmas. Suddenly, a call was made for children to come forward to re-create the Christmas story. Kids rushed up to dress as shepherds, angels, farm animals, the star of Bethlehem, and the “first family” of Christmas. A “flash mob” manger scene ensued!
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. Luke 2:8
…for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Matthew 2:2
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God Luke 2:13
Father Filmore led the congregation in “Silent Night” to wrap up the graphic message.
As we departed to spend Christmas with our family and friends, we were struck once again with the awe and wonder of what this night will bring.
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