Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


Jesus, Santa and Garrison Keillor

Three different takes on the same theme. They miss Saint Nicholas of Myra as a faithful follower of Jesus, but they hit squarely on the idea that the greatest Christmas gift is Jesus Christ.

In his essay Don't Like Christmas? Get a Life. Garrison Keillor writes in part,
Christmas is an artistic performance, and art, by and large, is not made by contented people. It is made by wounded recluses, freaks, the absurdly self-conscious, the haunted and guilty, the humiliated, the outcasts, and we create this, first and foremost, for our children. To rise up out of confusion and dismay, with ghosts whispering to us, and bake cookies and light a candle and sing "Silent Night"—I can do that for my child, and if your children want to join us, they are most welcome.
The full text of the essay is online here: Don't Like Christmas? Get a Life.

Christmas at King of Peace
Tonight, we will offer candlelight communion services at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Then tomorrow we will worship at 12 noon.

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