The Christmas Pageant - A New Host of Angels

by Janet Earle, Children's Minister

Join us on Sunday, December 6 at 4:30 p.m. for the Christmas Pageant.

Posted on December 2, 2015

The children sang in church last Sunday. We shared a little of the music we will sing in our Christmas Pageant taking place this coming Sunday. We had lots of young voices singing and I know our performance is a St. Paul’s tradition many people really enjoy.

This time of year, I expect you may be thinking of the Christmas traditions you hope to savour one more time – trimming the tree, a party with friends, opening gifts with your family, those yummy once-a-year cookies. I confess I have many things I enjoy each Christmas and I really don’t like to change them very much at all.

The Christmas Pageant at St. Paul’s is an event I have been involved with for over twenty years. I have seen it change and grow and I have watched countless angels and shepherds perform and eventually outgrow their headscarves and wings and move on.

It is poignant for me to watch the many families that come into our large and "messy" St. Paul’s community. I say it’s "messy" in that more than ever people come and then they go. They come to study at the university and then they leave. They come to Canada for a period of time and then they head home. They join St. Paul’s and have a baby and then move to find a home they can afford. Some never get a chance to tell me their story before they are gone.

When they leave us, there is a little hole. A place where they once fit and now they’re gone. Inevitably, I feel sad to see them go and wonder if there was something we could have done to keep them with us. My head knows this change is unavoidable but my heart always feels disappointed.

Change does unsettle us. Whether it is in our Christmas celebrations, our family relationships or in the community around us. I give thanks for the great assurance found in Malachi 3:6, "I am the Lord, and I do not change." It’s from that eternal promise that we can jump happily into our annual Christmas Pageant. We gather the family community that God has brought to us this year – 70 children from 45 families and together we proclaim the Good News that Jesus is born.

No matter that some of our wise men have gone and some families are no longer here. We celebrate together – a new cohort of angel and shepherds welcoming the Christ child and inviting Him to live among us.

Of course, our messy community welcomes friends and guests. Join us on Sunday December 6 at 4:30 p.m. in Cody Hall for the Christmas Pageant and RSVP if you would like to stay for dinner.