St Alban’s Episcopal Church
Bolivar, Missouri

Sunday, December 26, 2021 First Sunday after Christmas

John 1:1-14Christmas Eve Christmas Eve was beautiful, despite the wind that howled all afternoon. Miraculously, it seemed, it died down just for a little while, long enough for Xavier and Elijah to make and set up the 75 luminaries around the front of the church and down the entrance walk. Lighted, they glowed beautifully all evening!
Jennifer played so much music – and everyone sang carol after carol, including the Christmas words that Sandy Sherry had written to a familiar hymn.

The bread at the Eucharist was sweet, and the peace was real – and the homily was short!

We will continue to celebrate Christmas today at 10:30 – with more carols, the same sweet bread, and we expect a baby to rest in our life-size manger, too.

John 1:1-14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being was life, and the life was the Light of all people. The ;ight shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have been his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.



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