Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:12-17; John 1:1-14
Christmas is one of the most important days of the Church year, second only to Easter itself. It is the feast of the incarnation, the feast of God becoming flesh (the Latin “in carne” means “enfleshment”). It is a uniquely Christian teaching, the Divine choosing to become one of us. Because of this belief, God is not only Transcendent, but also wholly Immanent, Emmanuel (God-with-us). While remaining Transcendent (meaning we must rise above our present condition to reach God), God is at the same time Immanent (meaning God is with us as we rise toward God). Every Eucharist is like Christmas where the bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Christ, and, in a sense, Christ is born anew in our hearts, forgiving us, and transforming us to be his body redeemed by his blood in the world.
The liturgical seasons of Christmas/Epiphany begin on Christmas Eve, includes the Epiphany (January 6), and concludes with the Baptism of the Lord on January 10. During this season, we celebrate the birth of Christ into our world and into our hearts, and reflect on the gift of salvation that is born with him…including the fact that he was born to die for us.
Altar Flowers: The beautiful poinsettias adorning the altar during the seasons of Advent & Christmas are given to the glory of God by the loving family and friends of Shiloh Church.