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Christmas Eve 2020

KINDERHOOK REFORMED CHURCH

Christmas Eve, 2020 - Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

 

  1. year ago, at this time, it would have been inconceivable that we would not be gathering as a congregation on December 24th to hear the Christmas story, celebrate God’s promise in the birth of Jesus to be Emmanuel, “God with us,” and sing “Silent Night” while holding our candles on high. year later, that thought is still difficult to imagine. Now, the only thing more inconceivable is gathering together inside our church building for a worship service which may endanger those in attendance and risk spreading the virus. Our Christmas Eve service, which in former years encouraged our whole community to come together and which drew up to 300 people, will be much quieter this year. This year the Consistory will call us to revisit that Holy Night by leading us in a virtual worship service.

While our celebration may be different indeed, the Truth which we celebrate - the advent of God’s love enfleshed in the Christ child - will not be different. Via digital means the consistory will encourage and equip everyone to celebrate Christ’s nativity at home, both joyfully and safely. This means we LOVE. Yes, in the midst of this pandemic, we are committed to obey Christ’s command to “love your neighbor” (Luke. 10:27) in and through our worship practices.

The decision not to be gathering for in-person worship on Christmas Eve, though difficult, is consistent with the decisions of countless Christian communities across the millennia to put the welfare of others above our own wants, desires, and even our rights. In fact, the willingness of Christians to prioritize the needs of others during previous pandemics contributed significantly to the growth of the Christian movement in the ancient world. In both the Antonine Plague in the second century and the Plague of Cyprian in the third, Christians became renowned for the extreme lengths to which they would go to care for the sick, not only among their own ranks, but also those of other faiths.

In 1527, as the Bubonic Plague entered Wittenberg, the German Reformer Martin Luther not only urged his congregation to care for the sick, but also criticized those who disdained precautions in order “to prove how independent they are.” In contrast to behavior he described as “tempting God,” Luther vowed, “I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.”

Therefore, while our Christmas celebrations will be different than we had imagined or hoped for this year, we believe they are in keeping with the Christian Church’s insistence and the Word of God’s calling of putting the needs of others before our own. We believe the decision not to gather inside our sanctuaries this Christmas Eve, out of regard for the health and safety of our neighbors, is in keeping with Spirit of the One whose birth we celebrate - the One who declared that he “came not to be served, but to serve” (Matthew. 20:28) and instructed his disciples to “love one another, just as I have loved you” (John. 13:34). If we can do that, then the strange silence of this night will be holy indeed.

May your Christmas this year be remarkable and holy, warm and sweet, peaceful and mindful, enriching and life-changing, even as this pandemic is challenging our familiar ways.

 

A Merry and Blessed Christmas to all,

Pastor Rudy and the KRC Consistory

 




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