CHRISTMAS EVE 2020 VIDEO SERVICE

Submitted by dgtadmin on Thu, 12/24/2020 - 16:38

An invitation to join in a celebration of Christmas in virtual mode on this Christmas Eve by way of a video service from St Matthias:

CHRISTMAS EVE 2020 VIDEO SERVICE

Though we cannot celebrate in person, may the Joyous Glad Tidings of Emmanuel, God-With-Us, bring comfort and joy to your spirit this evening as we are invited through word and song into the Spirit of Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Worship Times & Gatherings

Sunday Worship Online

 

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In light of the ongoing pandemic and in keeping with the current intensified efforts to reduce the spread of the virus in the Province of Alberta, the City of Edmonton, and the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton, all services will be online only through the seasons of Advent and Christmas. This certainly brings home the sadness and loss of these times, and yet it also might -- I hope and pray -- afford us rich and meaningful reflections and connections through our shared faith, even if by online means only. We can and will continue to adapt to this! Just as the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah reminds the people of God when scattered in exile to "seek the welfare of the city" where they find themselves, and to  "pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare" (Jeremiah 29:7), and just as Jesus reminds us that "the sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath" (Mark 2:27), so we will continue to care for our wider community by praying and reflecting in ways that put no one at unnecessary risk, and yet still connect us in the Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love of Advent and in the celebration of Christmas as the sign of God-with-us, Emmanuel.

So, for the Sundays of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany on January 3rd, we will host Morning Prayer by Zoom at 10am. Zoom details have been communicated to our parishioners via email; if you would like to join, please be in touch in advance by emailing office@stmatthiasedmonton.ca ... subsequently, the Zoom services will be edited and posted on the front page of our website and on our facebook pages.

Though everything is coming from a different angle this year, may you and yours be renewed and inspired in your faith this season by the Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love of Christ.

Amen.