Christmas memories: A big deal
As a teenager, I recall the time when our rural church decided to create a Christmas Eve production involving all youth of the church from four or five years of age through high schoolers. For the congregation it was a “big deal” as we had not previously experienced anything of that magnitude.
The production included the very young singing age appropriate songs, the manger scene (sans live sheep but believe it crossed a few minds), the congregation singing various Christmas hymns, and finally to high schoolers moving around the sanctuary to assist in the lighting of candles for singing Silent Night as the closing hymn by the congregation. The sanctuary filled to capacity over the years as word spread throughout the community about Zion Lutheran’s Christmas pageant.
Today we take such an event as a usual Christmas activity. But for our congregation at that place in time it was special in retelling of the Christmas story. May each of you have a blessed Christmas and remember to keep the Christmas story alive in your heart and mind.