The Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg

You might remember that last Christmas Eve we were already nine months into a global pandemic and wondering how much longer this could possibly last, and now, a year after that, here we are again.

Still, God is good. Good things happen all the time even during various stages and levels of quarantine.

We’ve been able to meet together in the sanctuary for divine worship since Palm Sunday, and we will be able to do so this Christmas Eve.

Please join us at 11 a.m., for The Colors of Christmas, our annual Children and Family Christmas Worship, or at 3 or 6 p.m. for the Traditional Candlelight Worship in the sanctuary. The 6 p.m. service will also be livestreamed and then archived for virtual worship from wherever.

One of the best things that happened during the pandemic (“That’s not saying much,” you reply?  I have no answer) was Christmas Eve 2020.  As you recall, last Christmas Eve we were unable to assemble safely indoors so we had three services in our own version of Rockefeller Plaza, with the church porch acting as the chancel and the Little Girl Statue as the center of the nave. God cooperated by making it snow on cue and continuing to drop it gently on our shoulders all evening like unmerited blessings.

It was so moving and holy that this year we will move the 9 p.m. Christmas Eve Traditional Candlelight Worship to the Memorial Garden.

An unnecessary reminder: dress warmly.

A necessary reminder: bring your own chair.

We won’t be able to offer the glorious Kenilworth Brass or Chancel Choir out there, but we’ll sing O Holy Night and Silent Night.

If it snows here between now and Christmas Eve like it’s Lake Tahoe, we’ll move the service to the Little Girl Statue like we did last year. It might be crowded at 3 and 6 o’clock, so please join  us at 9 o’clock when we’ll have plenty of space—from Lake Michigan to the Train Station.