Christmas at St. John’s, Lafayette

 Marc Chagall,  Madonna of the Village , 1942

Marc Chagall, Madonna of the Village, 1942

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him,
and without him not one thing came into being.

The Prologue to John’s Gospel is one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible, perhaps one of the most beautiful writings in all of human history.  It is about the God who created all things, about the God who was before all things, and about God’s Word through whom all things were brought into being. It is a view of God from 30,000 feet, a vision of a God who is beyond all human comprehension.   

What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

This God is the source of life and the light that shines into our lives and scatters the darkness of our fear and our sin and our despair.  This God brings life that is stronger than death.  This God brings light that is stronger than any darkness. 

And the Word became flesh and lived among us,
and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. 

And yet, this God—the creator of all things, who stands outside of and before all time, who created light and is light—refused to stay at a distance from that creation. This God became flesh and made a home with human beings. This God was born in humility. This God lived and taught us how to live, healed the sick and cried in anguish, he turned water into wine and gave bread to those who had nothing to eat. This God became flesh and gave up that flesh for the redemption of the world. Despite all that incomprehensible, incomparable power and glory, this God deigned to become one of us, to live in our midst, and to know our weakness and our brokenness. 

In this Christmas season, may you give glory to God in the highest heavens, glory to the One who is before all and above all things.  But may you also know the comfort and joy of the God who became one of us, who made a home in the world with us.  And may the blessing of that God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you and those you love this Christmastide. 

Advent & Christmas Schedule

Thursday, December 20th
6:00 p.m. "Longest Night" Service

Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 23rd
8:00 & 10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist
12:00 noon Greening of the Church

Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th
4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
9:00 p.m. Carol Prelude
9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25th
10:15 a.m. Christmas Day Service

1st Sunday after Christmas, December 30th
8:00 a.m. & 10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist

The Feast of the Epiphany, Sunday, January 6th
One service only at 10:15 a.m.
Epiphany Pageant & Holy Eucharist