Our service on December 22 featured an interactive worship experience, in which members of the congregation read "The ABCs of Christmas." The ABCs were originally posted by Erin Klassen at Fidelia's Sisters, a zine for the Young Clergy Women Project. They were adapted as follows and interspersed with hymns, prayers, and the collection of the offering.
A is for an angel, Gabriel, who began the story with a greeting:
“Greetings favored one! The Lord is with you!” Luke 1.28, The Message
B is for Bethlehem, where our story takes place. People traveled from far and wide to arrive in the city; it was a very busy place.
C is for a census (that’s a counting of all the people) the reason so many people filled the city of Bethlehem.
D is for the donkey that carried a family on their long journey to Bethlehem to be counted.
E is for exhausted, that’s how everyone felt when they arrived – tired from all the travelling.
F is for family: Mary and Joseph and their new baby Jesus, who was born that night in Bethlehem.
G is for the Good News about to be shared with all the earth. This is what was said: [read Luke 2:1-8]
H is for herds, all the animals that were present in the stable, and the flocks of sheep in the field with the shepherds when they heard the good news.
I is for our imaginations, stirred by this story!
J is for joy the excitement and happiness that a new baby, and now, this special night brings.
K is for kindness, shown by the innkeeper that night, allowing a tired family to stay in the stable when there was no room in the inn.
L is for the love we share with one another all through the year and especially at Christmas.
M is for the manger, it is usually used to hold food for animals, but this time it held the baby because he had no crib.
N is for Noel, another word for Christmas. It means new birth, that’s what happened in our story, and it happens every year.
O is for offering, there were many gifts for the baby; we even have some to share now!
P is for prayer and praise and pondering, all different ways people reacted the amazing thing that happened. We pray and praise and ponder together.
Q is for quiet, the deep peace that Christmas brings – knowing that God is with us.
R is for revelation, God showing us who God is (in a little baby born one night)
S is for one special star that shone bright in the night showing wise ones the way to Jesus.
T is for trust, the confidence we have in God.
U is for unity, all different people brought together to celebrate God’s love!
V is for vulnerable, a little child needs to be cared for, protected–that’s our job.
W is for wonder– our amazement at the beauty of how much God loves us.
X is for Xmas, the x is actually the symbol for Christ – it is the first letter of the Greek word.
Y is for You! here to celebrate and worship.
Z is for zeal, the passion with which we share the Good News and God’s love.