“Posadas” can mean "inn" or, in this case, lodging. Las Posadas is a traditional Latin-American nine-day celebration beginning December 16 and ending December 24. It is a yearly tradition and symbolizes the challenges which Mary and Joseph faced before finding a place to stay where Jesus could be born. It is based on a passage in the New Testament, the Gospel of Luke (2:1-9). Each night a different family hosts Mary and Joseph. Here at St. Paul’s, we will join in this tradition. Each family or person is asked to take Mary and Joseph into their home by saying a short welcome liturgy provided for you. You can take them where ever you go that night: to soccer practice, Starbuck’s, to your dinner table. Imagine what they would have talked about, worried about, celebrated. You then make arrangements to pass them on to the next person on the list. On Christmas Eve they will make their way to church and into the sanctuary for our 6:00pm family Christmas Eve celebration.
If you signed up in the Commons, your dates are noted on the online sign up sheet! Thank you!
Look in the Sunday bulletin for inserts to sign up to give one or more poinsettias in honor or in memory of someone. This helps us fund the purchase of flowers to decorate the church throughout the upcoming year. The cost is $17.00 per plant. You can leave the donation in the collection plate with your information or drop it by the church office. You may also mail a check to the office at PO Box 95, Wilkesboro, NC 28697 with your request(s). Please write the check out to St. Paul's and put the person's name that you wish to honor or memorialize in the memo line. Names of the people being honored or memorialized will be published in the Christmas Eve bulletin.
As we rush into December and the holiday season, sometimes we miss out on the opportunity to live in Advent, a season of expectation and wonder. Waiting in anticipation of Christ’s birth, we, as individual households, and as a larger Christian family, can take time to reflect and slow down during this holy time.
The offering of # AdventWord provides a daily short reflection and visual meditation to guide Christians around the world to prepare our hearts and homes for the arrival of Christ. AdventWord started five years ago by the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, and for the second year is has been coordinated out of Virginia Theological Seminary. The daily chance to pause, reflect, and pray around a chosen word gives possibility for adoption and adaptation for households, parishes, and individuals. Christians around the world participate by reading, writing and posting their own visual meditations on how they see the word reflected in their own journey.
The short meditation and visuals begin on the first Sunday of Advent and end on Christmas Day. Sent out each morning via email , Instagram , Twitter , and Facebook ; communities are found on each platform posting, responding, liking, and sharing.