It was a beautiful Advent season and both Christmas Eve services were meaningful. We want to pause and say thanks to the musicians, writers and readers who traveled with us through this joy-filled time.  We are assured of what we know to be true. We can always trust God. Thank you all.

Advent writers – Peggy Collins, Trudy Cooke Hall, Denise Dienna, Rev. Kelly Fitzgerald, Melissa Fraley, Gene and Claudia George, Anne Gibson, Ken Junkins, Susan Keal, Rev. Melanie Kim-Hamill, Bert Mitchell, Don Muenzmay, Megan Natherson, Abbie Robinson, Jeannette Ruggiano, Sally Seeger, Lyn Shepard, Karen and Don Snyder, Rebecca St. Pierre, Libby Tyner Bispham, Allison and Vince Vance, Dr. Ken Visser, Rev. Dr. Bruce Wismer

Musicians – Linda Bento-Rei, Carlann Evans, Michelle Nicholette, Cheeko Matsasuka, Valerie Adams, Christopher Schnell, Bill Johnston

Clara Kaiser Carillon – Sally Seeger, Megan Natherson, Libby Tyner Bispham, Rebecca St. Pierre, Trudy Cooke Hall, Cher Holdsworth, Gail Blackmer, Russ Natherson, Thomas Mueller, Trudi Mueller, Robyn Natherson, William St. Pierre, Forrest St. Pierre

Bells of Joy – Sally Seeger, Rebecca St. Pierre, Paula Morris, Cher Holdsworth, Evie DeLao, Lindsey Merrick, Karen Wismer, Lindsay Wismer, Russ Natherson, Megan Natherson

Readers – 5:00 Readers: Sadie Schwartz, Amelia De la O, Evie De la O, Lindsey Merrick, Paige Royce. Advent Candle readers:  George Lavigne, Peter Delfausse, Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, Kiley Pritchard, Mary Margaret Barbour, Cindy Schalk

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 9:6
“For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders;  and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Reflection Questions:
How did you sense the presence of God this Advent/Christmas season?
Who needs the gift of your presence?
What amazed you today/yesterday?

Prayer: Holy God, thank you for all the blessings in my life and thank you for Christ who comes to live in you and me and all of creation.  Help me to see in me what you see and fill me with a deep trust. Help me to shine light today. Amen.