Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born. Christ came into the world in far less than ideal
circumstances in the geographic, political, and social backwater of the world. We have normalized his birth circumstances over the millennia, making smooth the sharp and rough edges of time, place, and detail. This year, we may understand the coming of Christ into the world’s dire circumstances better than any time in generations.
In years past, Christmas Eve at Trinity meant one service in the late afternoon or early evening; the sanctuary was at near capacity as hundreds gathered for carols, communion, and candlelight. Christmas Eve 2020 at Trinity was a mix of old traditions and new realities.
With a heightened awareness of the COVID-19 virus and potential danger that large crowds packed close together brings, it is not a normal year. We experience the sharp and rough edges of the context of now.
Christmas Eve worship at Trinity this year was a virtual celebration:
- 5:00 PM Virtual Christmas Eve Service: With the choir and a string quartet, we celebrate the coming of Christ with familiar hymns, scripture readings, and the proclamation of the word. This service will be broadcast on the church’s Facebook page, the church website, and through our radio partner, WIBZ 95.5.
We hope you found a way to celebrate Christmas Eve this year. Surely, Christ comes into the context of our lives, whatever they may be.