I hope that this holiday season carries with it the very might and power of the Holy Spirit. I expect that the Light of the Messiah shines through you into all your relationships. I hope that over the next week, you and your family find time to slow down and consider the Incarnation and the significance of this event upon the way you live and serve those around you.
Every Christmas I find myself grateful to lead a church where so many are actively engaged in the ministry of the church to our neighborhoods. The Interactive Nativity and the Perspectives on the Incarnation Art Show require many saints to step in and serve our neighbors who find themselves at the corner of Boulder and Weber on the nights of 21st, 22nd, and 23rd of December. And every year, we have cookies, actors, hosts, and musicians sign up to serve those who come to experience the first Christmas. These all come together to shape an incredible display of the Incarnation without the romanticism that so often creates myths and misinformation about the First Christmas.
So, I offer a heartfelt “Thank You!” to you who have already signed up to help with this important ministry project that draws men, women, and children into conversation about and consideration of the Incarnation.
Let me also give you some information about our Interactive Nativity so that you know what you are inviting your friends and family to! Our Interactive Nativity is designed to confront people with the humanity of Jesus and strip away some of the myths associated with the Nativity. First, no magi (or kings) since they arrived a couple of years later to the house where the family had settled. Second, no visible angels at the stable. Though the angels appeared to the shepherds in the field and sent them to the stable, there is no textual evidence that they followed the shepherds to the stable. I acknowledge that angels were probably there, the people would not have been aware of them – otherwise they would have noted the angels in the storyline. Finally, step back in time, but watch your step! A working stable is not the cleanest place for the birth of a child – but they made do.
Once the families are finished petting the animals and getting their picture taken with the Baby, we invite them inside for some Christmas cookies and hot cider. We hope to have enough live music to create a party atmosphere – but we usually keep the stinky shepherds outside! I look forward to seeing each one of you at the Nativity as we serve our neighbors by giving them the opportunity to experience the wonder of the Incarnation.