Always Winter Never Christmas

Christmas 2014

When C.S. Lewis penned the above phrase in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe sixty-five years ago, the cold icy grip of a devastating World War had recently ended, yet the perennial war of good versus evil continued unabated. As I write this letter in the early morning hours, we are in the midst of a three-day winter storm of sleet, freezing rain, and snow. I am struck by the reality that the icy cold grasp of evil is still at play in world events, and we are no closer to finding universal peace and good will. And yet, there is still hope. The birth of the Christ Child has always been and will continue to be a beacon of light, love, and life that calls us to celebrate with joy the promise of God fulfilled in our Lord's birth. Recall the promise that as long as the Church remains faithful to the Gospel, the powerfully bright and warm heart of Christmas day will dispel the cold hard grip of evil. So, come join us as we celebrate the birth of the savior of the World and embrace the joy, hope, and love of the Christmas Season. "The Lord has chosen Zion"--Psalm 132:13. May you follow His advice.

Please help us to continue to show forth Christ's light by joining us in our Christmas and Sunday services and/or sending a contribution to Zion Episcopal Church, PO Box 717, Manchester Center, VT 05255

Merry Christmas,

John +