Dear Ones,

Merry Christmas! (I’ve never been great about waiting out those last few days of Advent…) In this post:

  1. Notes about Christmas Eve and Music
  2. Christmas Day service: an invitation
  3. Feast of the Epiphany, Potluck, and Burning of the Greens: Tuesday, January 6 at 6:00 pm


1. I am looking forward to seeing so many of you tomorrow evening (at 5:00 pm or 11:00 pm with a musical offering beginning at 10:30 pm) as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s incarnation: God coming to be with us, with all the world. Just a reminder that if your child would like to help lead some music during the 5:00 service, please arrive at HTP at 4:00 and meet in the nave (main sanctuary). Michael, our director of music, will go over the two hymns the kids are singing and help them know when to move and stand. The kids will NOT vest in robes, so just wearing their regular Christmas attire is perfect. All kids in kindergarten and up are welcome to join in, even if they’ve not been to the previous rehearsals. They will sing joyfully, joining in the angels’ songs!

Also, just an FYI– there is a coloring page on the back of the bulletin at both Christmas Eve services. I will have some crayons available, but if your child has strong color preferences, you may want to tuck a few from home into your purse 🙂

At both services will have both real and battery candles available, for when we sing “Silent Night” by candlelight. You may choose which is better for your child.


2. Consider joining us on Christmas Day at 10:30 in the chapel for a service of Holy Eucharist; come just as you are, even (ESPECIALLY!) if that means pajamas. This service is laid back and easy, and if you’ve been up since 5:00 am on Christmas morning, torn through presents and breakfast, and are ready to get out of the house, come on down to Holy Trinity for a different experience of celebrating Christ’s birth than the pageantry (beautiful as it is) on Christmas Eve.


3. And lastly, on Tuesday, January 6, we will celebrate the end of the 12 days of Christmas with the Feast of the Epiphany. Join us at 6:00 pm for a relaxed service of Holy Eucharist, followed by a potluck dinner (bring a dish to share) and Burning of the Greens. Bring a branch from your Christmas tree, or a sprig of greenery from your decorations, and we will mark the end of Christmastide with a festive fire. What kid doesn’t like a good fire?


Clergy Jenna StrizakBlessings to you all in this Christmas season. A complicated, joyful, melancholy, hopeful, difficult season to mark a savior– a child– being born into a complicated, joyful, melancholy, hopeful, difficult world. Thanks be to God.