The Christmas Eve services are fast upon us, and here at church all manner of things have been made ready. At the Family Service on Saturday at 4:30 we will once again go on a journey to Bethlehem in the Latin American tradition of Los Posadas (Spanish for “lodging”). The children are encouraged to come dressed as any character in the Christmas story—angel, shepherd, animal, or sage. Costumes will be available in the Narthex for those who may not have suitable biblical gear at home, and adults are welcome to join in, too..
During the service the children will be called up to journey from inn to inn, represented by two sets of doors, the charming set of doors created for last years’ service by Susan Hunter, and the entry doors to the Sanctuary. We’ll sing a song of hope for lodging as we go that Jeffrey will teach at the start of the journey. Four Innkeepers will be at the doors to greet us each time we arrive and ask if there is room, only to be turned away!. In the Latin American tradition Los Posadas journeys would often happen on several nights, with the safe arrival at the manger happening only on Christmas Eve. Our journeying will be condensed and end up in the Presbytery around the manger.
Would that the journeys or the poor and the displaced always be so short and end so well. On the Holy Night of Christmas Eve we will celebrate God’s entry into history to indeed change the ending of all our stories.
Scripture Readings for Christmas Eve: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)
Scripture Readings for Christmas Dawn: Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20
Scripture Readings for Christmas Day: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrew 1:1-4 (5-12); John 1:1-14
The prayer list can be found here.