Faith: Holiday Reflections

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A few words of reflection from our local speritual leaders.

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When I was a little boy I loved all the lights at Christmas. Now as an adult, my Christmas celebrations have changed but one of my favorite aspects of the season is still the lights! We celebrate Jesus, the light of the world. There is a lot of darkness in the world today. May we let our light shine for goodness, hope, peace, joy and love and dispel some of the darkness. 

Rev. Rick Rhen-Sosbe, Pastor

Church of Our Savior MCC

 

Christ Lutheran Church

At Christ Lutheran Church we are not just a congregation, we are family, a family that is borne of the Holy Family—Mary, Joseph and our Lord Jesus.  Every Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. For Jesus, while born the babe of Bethlehem, is with us always as our Lord and Savior. While we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we continue to abide in his presence within each of us and, indeed, within all of us. Come and join the Christ of Christmas

The Rev. Deborah L. Geweke, Pastor

Christ Lutheran Church

 

Congregation Etz Chaim

The flickering lights of the Hanukkah candles remind us that miracles can happen when we act in faith. The single cruze of oil that was found when the Maccabees recaptured the Temple in Jerusalem was only expected to last one day of an eight-day holiday. The miracle was not only in the oil itself, but in the faith of those who lit it even as they were told it couldn’t last. As long as we remember we can be a light for others we need not feel condemned to walk through life as though we are stumbling around in the darkness. The light is there for those who will strike the match

Rabbi Noah Kitty

Congregation Etz Chaim

 

Rector, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church

Our culture loads into Christmas false expectations as retailers try to define for us the “perfect Christmas.” Think back, however, to the first Christmas; it was anything but perfect. Mary’s pregnancy was cause for shame and Joseph violated social convention by not divorcing Mary. Joseph trusted in the message that God was doing wonderful, life-giving things. In Christmas we celebrate not only that God is with us in the less than perfect moments of life but also that God uses those moments to do something remarkably new and refreshing. Come, Oh Emmanuel (God-With-Us), bring newness to our lives. Merry Christmas!

The Rev. Mark Andrew Jones, BSG

Rector, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church

 

Holy Angels National Church 

And there were a multitude of angels proclaiming peace on earth and goodwill towards all.” May that proclamation of the angels fill your hearts with the gifts of peace, joy and love this holiday season. From Holy Angels National Church, we send you wishes for a Merry and Blessed Christmas!

Fr. Jamie Forsythe

Holy Angels National Church 

 

Interim Rector, St. Mark’s Church and School

I believe in God, but not as one thing, not an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus, Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.― John Lennon

Whether one believes in Jesus, Mohammad, Buddha, or perhaps not really sure about any particular religious tradition—the important thing is to recognize a greater force in our lives and act accordingly.

On behalf of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School it is my fervent wish that we all work toward getting “the translation right.”

Christmas Blessings & a Healthy New Year.

The Rev. Johan Johnson, Ph.D.

Interim Rector, St. Mark’s Church and School

 

All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Miami Beach

Languish in Love this Christmas!

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me….a partridge. Huh?

You know what. Keep it. This Christmas I ask you to please take a moment to languish in the greatest gift that you have ever been given. Love. Take a moment to feel; to remember and to cherish. That is what Christmas is all about. Your greatest love. Your greatest gift.

Merry Christmas!

The Reverend Timothy P. Carr “Father Tim”

All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Miami Beach


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