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Silent Night

Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright, 

Round yon virgin mother and child, Holy infant, so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

(United Methodist Hymnal, No. 239)

It was in the silence of night, according to tradition, that the cries of labor ushered the Christ-child into our world. Jesus did not come with a world-shaking fanfare, but arrived in a manger where animals feed. His birth was unnoticed except for the heavenly announcement to some rag-tag shepherds and the silent sign of a new star in the sky.

Jesus still comes in silence, through his Holy Spirit, seeking to make a home in our hearts and offering us "heavenly peace." In the midst of the rush and parties and happy hub-bub of this season, we might be helped to experience the presence of Jesus if we find ways to re-enter that "silent night, holy night."

On Christmas Eve, December 24, we will celebrate the nativity with two identical services of communion and candlelight in the sanctuary. These are powerful experiences of worshiping God, who has loved us so much that he sent his only son into the world for our salvation. The services include the singing of "Silent Night" by candlelight, and we end with a moment of silence, a silence which is filled with the "heavenly peace" of God.

I pray that God will bless you in this sacred season, so that you will experience that "silent night, holy night," in every moment of your life.

Grace and peace,

Bob Shield

Posted by Bob Shield at 9:47 AM