In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God. 
All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. 
What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it

(Jn 1:1-5)

This year is a Christmas like no other in a year like no other. As I write, I have just finished recording my part for our upcoming virtual Lessons and Carols. “Virtual… one of those words we now use daily for reasons we could not possibly have imagined. Yes, indeed, our celebration of Christmas will look very different both in our church and our homes this year. Yet at Christmas this year more than ever, we cling to the eternal truth that never changes. Jesus is the light that shines in darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it.

Let’s remember where it all began. The exalted Eternal Word of God is the very same one who was born a poor little baby in an obscure corner of the world. God has drawn close to the suffering world and is close to us now. Close to us as we continue to navigate this global pandemic with all of its isolation, pain and suffering. Close to us in the midst of division, turmoil, hatred and injustice. Close to us in our weariness and sadness.

If there were ever a time to realize our need for the Savior, it is now. Lord Jesus, fill our hearts this Christmas with the light of your love, a light that the darkness cannot overcome. And let us be beacons of your light in our troubled world. You are our hope. So, even in 2020, we rejoice anew at your birth and in your unfailing love for us.

Christmas Blessings!
Fr. Jim


The angel said to [the shepherds), “Do not be afraid; for see –
I am bringing you good new of great joy for all the people:
to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign for you; you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”  
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, And on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
(Lk 2:10-14)
A Christmas Message from Fr. Jim