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Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 | 0 comments

“Xmas Eve on Fire”


Imagine this:

  • Christmas Eve
  • Snow blanketing the ground
  • Early/family service begins at 5:00 p.m. and the time is now 4:30 p.m.
  • Portable firepit on the front lawn of the church with logs blazing
  • Hot chocolate in vacuum pots on a table nearby
  • Small Christmas tree with a box full of ornaments
  • Families, individuals, couples, whoever, arriving, grabbing a cup of cocoa, hanging an ornament, warming themselves by the fire, giggling with Christmas excitement
  • At 5:05 p.m. booklets with Christmas carols are handed out and people sing their favorites
  • At 5:20 p.m. the congregation moves into the sanctuary for a short service of lessons and carols
  • After singing “Silent Night,” the congregation leaves, passing by the crackling firepit

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel…

© Rev. Kevin Goldenbogen, 2016

Kevin Goldenbogen is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ serving an amazing congregation in the foothills of the Green Mountains of Vermont. He skis, climbs, runs, bakes bread, rides a red Vespa, and tries every day to follow Jesus. He is married to the perfect woman and has two boys who he loves beyond words.

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