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Try church. Sunday is Christmas Eve. Try church. All around the world congregations will hold services this coming Sunday. There is not a more sacred, beautiful, and meaningful day in the life of a church than Christmas Eve. Try church. If you’re in Los Angeles, I hope you will try First Congregational Church. We will have a service at 11 AM. We will celebrate the Christmas Story through the eyes of children. Our Chancel Ringers will play. We’ll have a baptism. I’ll preach (a very short) sermon incorporating art work by Henri Matisse into our service. Try church. In the evening we’ll have two services of Lessons and Carols and Candlelight at 8 PM and 11 PM. I’ve had a sneak preview of the music. It will be lovely. Christoph Bull, one of the great musicians in the country, will play a 30 minute concert before each service, 7.30 PM and 10.30 PM respectively. My homily is titled “The Human Touch of God.” We will sing “Silent Night” and raise our flickering candles into the air, a ritual affirmation of God’s light in the world. Try church. Take a Breath this week. Plan your menus. Wrap your presents. Be safe if you are traveling. Attend your parties. But do yourself a favor this Christmas. Try church.

 

 

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