30 December 2012
The congregation gathered to pray, to hear Scripture, and to sing Christmas carols and hymns.…
Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love divine;
Love was born at Christmas; star and angels gave the sign.
Worship we the Godhead, love incarnate, love divine;
Worship we our Jesus, but wherewith for sacred sign?
Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and neighbor, love for plea and gift and sign.
The children presented a modern version of the Christmas story. Set in present-day Bethlehem, PA, the plot centers on Joe and his very-pregnant wife, Mary, who are trying to find a place to stay the night in the over-crowded city. The place they find and the subsequent events brought the story of Christmas alive in a modern context. Brenda Seat directed the pageant. The play was an adaptation of “Peace on Earth – Good Will Toward All” by Todd Linton.
In January, 2013 Seekers Church will once again be blessed by a visit from the Bokamoso Youth Centre in Winterveldt, South Africa. The group will be arriving on January 12th and returning home on February 13th. They are scheduled to bring the Word to our worship on Sunday, January 27th. We hope you will join us to hear first-hand their vibrant hope for the future. To see where else they will be appearing, check their calendar on the Bokamoso Foundation web site and sample their music and videos on the multimedia page of their web site. Last year a student at the George Washington University who was working with the visitors from Bokamoso created a web site with more photographs and videos. You can see Bokamoso in action at http://voicesofbokamoso.com/.
Seekers Church is delighted to welcome Bokamoso for what will be their 12th annual visit to this area. For over a decade Roy Barber, a member of Seekers Church and teacher at St. Andrews School in Potomac Maryland, has nurtured our relationship with the Centre, facilitating visits from this area to Winterveldt and helping the visitors from Bokamoso meet and share their stories with people here.
Because of the overflow crowd at their final performance last year at the Marvin Center at George Washington University, this year Bokamoso will be on stage on two nights, Friday, February 8th and Saturday February 9th. Both performances begin at 7:30, providing an energetic illustration of the mix of old and new in South Africa.
As I’ve pondered this Advent season, and our theme of “Promise (as/at/in/of/through) the end of the world,” has been a time of waiting. But what are we waiting for? What does the coming of Christ mean THIS TIME?