Good Folks, it is Friday, December 21, 2018. It is almost Christmas Day.
A few more stories of Christmas past that came to my inbox. Enjoy.
We were coming into Dallas on Christmas eve and our daughter (in 1st grade) was telling us that she no longer believed in Santa Clause, so we said that is okay, but we do!! About that time a car behind us honked and when we turned around…..guess who was behind us?? SANTA CLAUS driving a big red car!! She was shocked she started crying and said….”Oh I do, I do believe” and until this day, we think she is still afraid to say she does not believe!! And, of course, we remind her every year… CM)
Christmas youth choir cantata at El Buen Pastor Methodist Church and singing Christmas Carols around your brother Richard Alegria at your home on Louisiana [Parkway]. (YO)
One story I remember was at my home church, Iglesia Metodista Unida El Buen Pastor (The Good Shepherd UMC). Christmas Eve came with my brother Richard playing the electronic organ/piano. Angie Guttierrez leading the singing of the choir and congregation. I had sung in the choir since the age of 13, old enough to hold a hymnal. Christmas songs were joyfully and loudly sang.
Friends, my home church was part of the Rio Grande Annual Conference, a Spanish-language conference with Spanish language churches. I grew up singing church hymns, liturgy, prayers and more, in Spanish. After 32 years, my mind still will visit a Christmas hymn and other hymns in Spanish.
A tradition of my home church, on Christmas Eve, was to have fruit bags given to everyone after the service. The brown bag had: an apple, orange, pecans, peanuts, hard candy (sometime wrapped). I looked forward to getting my bag after the service. Mom had other plans.
She gathered all the bags and dumped their contents in a large community bowl where everyone, family and friends alike, shared in the bounty of the evening. I really had other plans for my bag.
My post-childhood confession: I did not want to share the contents of my bag. Mom reminded me, without saying a word that all gifts are from God and for the ultimate use to be shared. The Christmas story is about that: For God so loved the world, you and me,that he gave [and continues to give] his only begotten son (Jesus)… John 3:16
You are invited to invite others to the scheduled worship services. To hear the Good News of God’s saving grace. Lots of music sang. Short sermons. Candles lit. Memories made. Do not miss out on the blessing.
May the joy of the Lord be yours to share. Like the bag of fruit but better.
Blessings from Duncanville,