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Living Nativity: A Journey of Hope

By Pastor Joel Vander Wal
Hands down, my favorite worship service that we hold at Incarnation is the Christmas Eve service we do for families with young children. I love seeing the wonder in children’s eyes as they hear and share in the Christmas story. I love the energy and excitement that comes from generations coming together to retell the story of Immanuel, because in the midst of busyness and chaos that often comes with the Christmas holiday, God is with us. That’s the message we want our children to believe and hold onto. God is with us. God is with us when we feel excited. God is with us when feel disappointed. God is with us when we are happy. God is with us when we feel sad. God is with us even when life feels mundane. God is with us.
This year, we are not able to hold our Christmas Eve services for families with young children like we have in the past due to the pandemic. However, that doesn’t mean we still can’t celebrate God being with us and retelling the story of how that came to be. So, on Saturday, December 19 from 4 – 6:00 p.m. we will be retelling the story through a “Living Nativity.”
What is a “Living Nativity?” Bring your family out to Incarnation and walk around the outside of the church to hear the story being retold through seven different stations. Some of the stations will be interactive, others will simply tell one part of the story, and of course there will be live animals that you can pet. If you are not able to make it out to the Living Nativity on that Saturday, there will also be an online experience that you and your family can enjoy together later that week.
While it is disappointing that we are not able to gather together like we have in previous years, we know that God is with us. God is with us in the person of Jesus Christ, who’s birth we celebrate and share the Good News of this present hope in our lives.