At its core, Christmas is remembering the Biblical story of Jesus’  birth (Matthew 1:17-25 and Luke 1:26-2:38). So much of the celebrative richness of observing the holiday, however, seems to come from the music  of the season.  For whether we’re talking secular chestnuts like the poignant “I’ll Be Home for Christmas (if only in my dreams)” or church classics like the triumphal “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and the utterly simple “Silent Night,” Christmas songs have great power. They can touch and move us as few things actually do. And, I believe, there are few among us who cannot remember at least one or two times in our lives when we experienced that power first hand. 

With all that in mind, this brief Pastor’s Pen is actually an invitation.  Join us here at First Presbyterian for the core and richness of Christmas. Our Christmas Eve worship is, as always, traditional Lessons and Carols. It includes our reading the story of Jesus’ birth. It includes also - in between the different “chapters” of the story - the singing of carols (both Advent Carols and Christmas Carols) and listening to specially chosen Christmas choral arrangements. 

 It will all begin at 8 pm. Your place in the pew is waiting.