The Rev. Mark Andrew Jones, BSG
Rector, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Pompano Beach
In Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ coming as Emmanuel (God-With-Us). The Prince of Peace, “is the image of the invisible God”; “in him all the fullness of God … dwell[s], and through him God … reconcile[s] to himself all things” (Colossians 1:15-20) – out of love, for love, and in love. This is Good News and Tidings of Great Joy! No matter who you are, or what you’ve done, or whom you love, God accepts you. By daily accepting into our hearts the coming of Jesus – the Light of Life that dispels all darkness – the miracle of Christmas can change the world.
The Rev. Dr. Deborah Geweke
Christ Lutheran Church, Oakland Park
What is the meaning of Christmas? It is an expectant time of the year. After weeks of waiting we gather to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. He comes to us as the Christ Child. And He is the one who continues to live among us and in each one of us. He is the Lord of our lives guiding us to reach out to one another in love and faith. We look forward to carrying true meaning of Christmas into and through the new year, and in all aspects of our life." Christmas Blessings from Christ Lutheran Church.
Father Joe, OSF
Parish of Sts Francis and Clare, Wilton Manors
The Word became flesh and dwells among us" - the promise made long ago, that in the fullness of time, God would keep the promise to send one like us as Emmanuel - God with us.
We, as Franciscan friars, in word and action, make this promise known. As a parish community, our sisters and brothers are also ambassadors of the Word made flesh. We are an
open and affirming parish where we appreciate and welcome diversity.
The Reverend Robert G. Trache
Rector and Head of School
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School
While I was watching a Christmas tree twinkle, it occurred to me how each Christmas is something like a renaissance painting touched up and redone ever year, bringing with it memories both new and old. Isn’t it remarkable that for almost 2000 years Christians have been returning to Bethlehem in their hearts and minds to remember and recreate the hope of Christmas?
Christmas is the beginning of the Christian story of how God became intimately involved in our lives. Because God loved us so dearly, God drew us closer in the Christ child, so that we can see God in every child, and God can know the child within us.
by Rev. Patrick Rogers, MDiv.
United Church of Christ Ft. Lauderdale
The season of Christmas is a time to remind us to be more Christ like. May we choose to allow the light within each one of us to shine. We live in a torn and hurting world and the invitation of this holiday is for us to choose "love" as our lifestyle all year long.
Last year, Rabbi Marc Labowitz and the congregation from his Temple brought the food to our church so we could feed those who were hungry and in need together. Before the meal we shared a joint worship service where we praised, sang, and prayed together and shared our love and passion for God. I have no doubt that the unity of our community pleases Jesus. We don’t judge, we love.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Seasons Greetings!.
The Call of Christmas
Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins
Senior Minister, Sunshine Cathedral
There’s a lot of ugliness in the world. There’s fear, sadness, injustice, and conflict. That’s why we need holy days. Every religion offers days to celebrate possibilities and show gratitude for resilience, and in my faith tradition, Christmas is such a day. Christmas reminds us that there is joy to be found even in uncertain times. Christmas presents angels reminding us that peace is possible and goodwill is our inheritance. Christmas is needed when the world seems out of whack; it reminds us to dream of better days and to work to make those dreams come true.
Christmas Eve Services at Sunshine Cathedral: 7 PM and 9 PM.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
Christ Lutheran Church
1955 East Oakland Park Blvd.
Service at 7:30pm with preservice Jazz celebration of our Lord's birth at 7:00pm
The Parish of Sts. Francis and Clare
2300 NW 9th Avenue - Powerline Road, Wilton Manors, FL 33311
Service at 10 PM - Mass followed by dessert, punch and coffee.
United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale
2501 NE 30th Street, Fort Lauderdale 33306
Service at 8:00pm, including a Chamber Orchestra and Candle Lighting
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
1750 East Oakland Park Boulevard
Children's Christmas Pageant - 4:30 p.m.
Prelude Festival of Music - 7:00 p.m. AND 10:30 p.m.
Choral Eucharist - Rite II - 7:30 p.m. AND 11 p.m.
St Nicholas Episcopal Church
1111 E Sample Road,Pompano Beach FL 33064
5:00 p.m. Christmas Lessons & Carols with Holy Communion.
The 10:00 p.m. service will be a traditional Choral Eucharist.
A spirited reception will follow both services (Eggnog & Blender Drinks)
1480 SW 9thAvenue, Fort Lauderdale
We Need a Little Christmas!
Services at 7pm and 9pm
Both services with orchestra