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"Lights please." 

"In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.   (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)  And everyone went to his own town to register.  So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." 

Thank you, Linus.  Merry Christmas to everyone everywhere.

o   We survived the Egg Nog tasting gathering at J's house Saturday evening.  No salmonella Monday morning.  Good thing.

o   A wonderful holiday gathering at AB's folks house, with yummy food, holiday cheer and some good-natured silliness!

o   The sermon Sunday morning at Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads went well.  Is it premature on my part to say that preaching is a profound privilege?  I am most grateful for the opportunity I have to hear awesome preaching regularly from my Rector at Grace Church.  Thank you, Lord! 
o   The Greening of the Church always gets done differently each year, and yet it still looks wonder as ever afterward.  This also gives me the opportunity to plug that our church, Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA made the cover of the December 23rd issue of The Living Church.  How cool is that!  Nice done, Deborah!
o   The Redskins manhandled the Minnesota Vikings Sunday night 32-21.  Three victories in a row, and their destiny in their own hands.  This week, it's the Dallas Cowboys coming into FedEx Field.  Another win and we're in the playoffs!  WOO HOO!  WE WANT DALLAS!!

o   Christmas Eve at Grace Church:  Our choir sang at 5pm, I worked Altar Guild after 7:30pm, we went back for 11pm, and then hurried home after communion to ready for the After Midnight Mass gathering for Egg Nog and Champagne.  It was a long day that didn't conclude until 3:45am Christmas Day.

o   Christmas Day:  No adrenaline whatsoever, so it was a late rising for the day's paper, coffee, sticky buns and a quiet morning at home.  Sadly, no Noon Day church for us today.  But a turducken now cooks in the kitchen, and the puppies are keeping us on our toes.  Later, it's a run to Springfield to deliver presents before back to Alexandria for dinner with Chrissie's sibs and their families.

Blessings and Peace be with you all and yours during this Christmastide.

Alleluia!  Behold, unto us a Child is born!  O Come, let us adore him.  Alleluia!   


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Dec. 26th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
NFL fans
> This week, it's the Dallas Cowboys coming into FedEx Field.

Did you read the column in the Dec 22 Washington Post about fan behavior? If so, do you have any thoughts on what he said?

I haven't attended an NFL game in over 30 years so I'm curious.

P.S. Yes, the church looked great.
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