The Time of Christmas

Christmas tells the story of Jesus as the long-awaited King who has finally come to save us. Jesus, God’s Son, the King of heaven and earth, is born in Bethlehem – the Son of God is a baby lying in a manager. The Season of Christmas continues after December 25th over a period traditionally known as the twelve days of Christmas. This season  includes a number of lesser festivals: The Festival of St. Stephen, the first martyr, occurs on December 26th. St. John, apostle and evangelist, is remembered on December 27th. The death of the babies in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16-18) is observed on December 28th as the Festival of the Holy Innocents. The circumcision and naming of Jesus on the eighth day after His birth (Luke 2:21) is celebrated on January 1st.

May God bless each one of you this Christmas Season as we thank God for one another and the gifts of grace extended to us by God in Christ. Enjoy the sights, smells, eats, worship and fellowship during this joyous season. Love, Peace & Joy to all our St Matthew families & friends!

Blessed Christmas,
Pastor Kelly

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