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Rector’s Reflections: Week of the Nativity of Jesus

Adventskranz 3. Advent

Sing to the Lord a new song.    Psalm 96


This is the season of newness – new birth, new ideas, a new season.  The sun is returning, bit by bit, to brighten our world.  And in a manger “long ago and far away” – and yet very near – a child is born to a refugee family to bring new hope to those who need it most.

Here at St. James, you can feel renewed energy all around:  from the improvements in our nursery room and curriculum, to new music played on a newly installed pipe organ brought by new Music Director and Organist, Charles Rus.  Even our beloved Christmas Pageant has new life this year, with a revised script and new narrators, along with our newest Christian, Prakhar, embodying the role of the infant Jesus.

Of course, the important things have not changed.  The Christian love with which we treat all of our guests and parishioners of every age; the familiar carols that we will sing together in the candlelight on Christmas Eve and snuggled in our lovely Chapel on Christmas morning; our welcome (and costumes!) for “drop in” angels and shepherds who come with family at 3:30 to be part of telling our beloved Nativity story.  We can sing a new song to the Lord by merely seeing a familiar song with new eyes, and taking a new approach to an established tradition.

This Season, I encourage us all to so open our hearts and minds for new birth in our lives, our Church, our community, that we make plenty of room for the Christ child to be born in us.


Yours in this miracle,

Mother Joyce

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