Yes, you read that right, "dear fellow pilgrims." In this season, we are all on a pilgrimage to Bethlehem, aren't we? Each in our various ways: some just to "make it" to the Big Day, others revisiting memories from the past or dealing with traumas or conundrums this holy season presents. Some of us seek new meaning in tired rituals or carols, while a few are journeying back to the same rich vein of comfort year after year, wanting more of a balm every bit as precious as the gifts offered by the Magi. I suppose there are as many "journeys to Bethlehem" as there are members of any given parish.
One of the real joys of this season is the knowledge that as different as each of our own personal journeys might be, they are able to be made together through the Holy Liturgy offered by the Church during this season. St. Timothy's is blessed to offer a rich observance of Advent, Christmastide, and Epiphany. [Click here to see the schedule of services.] During these liturgies, we will all be together, bound in our differences by a common quest: to be there... there at the Messiah's birth, and to adore him as the source of the Light we so truly need as we make our way through this life. We need each other on that journey, as companions along the way, fellow-pilgrims when the going gets difficult. At Christmas we tell the old, familiar story of God's coming to be with us; we show that story forth by being together as we receive the Gift again and anew. Let us journey together once more to Bethlehem and see what we find there; the King of Kings has yet more treasures in store for us: of that I am sure.
With our family's Christmas Greetings to you, wherever you are on your journey,