What is a Creche Lighting?
According to Dictionary.com (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/creche?s=t)…
[kresh, kreysh; French kresh]
noun, plural crèch·es [kresh-iz, krey-shiz; French kresh] Show IPA.
1. a small or large modeled representation or tableau of Mary, Joseph, and others around the crib of Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem, as is displayed in homes or erected for exhibition in a community at Christmas season.
2. a home for foundlings.
3. British . a day-care center; day nursery.
4. Animal Behavior . an assemblage of dependent young that are cared for communally.
So, if you have to read beyond the first definition we may have a slight problem with the understanding of a Creche Lighting ceremony (but it is kind of fun to have all the information).
On November 24, 2012, the history of Plymouth Congregational Church was written in the mass number of attendees. Our sleepy little congregation was overwhelmed by the sheer quantities of people that adorned our halls, our pews, and our lives. From lively music to beautiful scripture reading we were brought carefully into the season of giving. We were reminded that God was the first to give to us. Herein lies the lesson we should all remember and it is not seasonal, nor is God’s love – giving. God gave to us in ways that we could never imagine giving.
Why would God give so much and not expect us to do the same?
Ah, but he does expect us to do the same just not (necessarily) using his method.
See, the bottom line is this – the simplest message – the smallest act of…
The singers came and gave us all great entertainment through heartfelt, seasonally timed, music.
The readers came and gave us all great thought and stories that are seasonally timed.
Those that brought us the remarkable event we will not forget (Jan, Bob, the Lions Club, the PEHS Madrigals, and of course Pastor Bill, and many many many others) all did one thing…
And in that God smiles…
An Angel Tells about the Birth of Jesus First
Reading (John Riley)
26 One month later God sent the angel Gabriel to
the town of Nazareth in Galilee 27 with a message
for a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to
Joseph from the family of King David. 28 The angel
greeted Mary and said, “You are truly blessed! The
Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was confused by the angel’s words and
wondered what they meant. 30 Then the angel told
Mary, “Don’t be afraid! God is pleased with you, 31
and you will have a son. His name will be Jesus. 32
He will be great and will be called the Son of God
Most High. The Lord God will make him king, as
his ancestor David was. 33 He will rule the people
of Israel forever, and his kingdom will never end.”
34 Mary asked the angel, “How can this happen? I
am not married!”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come
down to you, and God’s power will come over you.
So your child will be called the holy Son of God. 36
Your relative Elizabeth is also going to have a son,
even though she is old. No one thought she could
ever have a baby, but in three months she will have
a son. 37 Nothing is impossible for God!”
38 Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant! Let it
happen as you have said.” And the angel left her.