Archive for 2012


By : December 31, 2012

The year now ending has been a good and a great one for us at Nativity. So many things to remember and celebrate. We have been blessed abundantly by God in the past year as we continue to grow in every measurable way. The spirit of the parish has grown immeasurably. Here are a few […]

Christmas 2012

By : December 31, 2012

Well, while the liturgical calendar tells us we are still celebrating the season of Christmas, and some annoying Christmas music persists in lobbies and restaurants, it kinda feels over. Anyway, our Christmas Eve celebration is over for sure, and I wanted to make a post here to express some gratitude and enthusiasm for what happened […]

Christmas Countdown: It’s Here (And, it’s snowing)

By : December 31, 2012

I actually got hit with a touch of the flu on Saturday, which slowed down my Christmas prep (to say the least).  So with no time left, here we go…its Christmas. The Cow Palace looks amazing; I sat through some of the sound check for the pre-show and it is amazing too. And besides all […]

Christmas Countdown: 2 Days

By : December 24, 2012

Two more days of preparation for Christmas. This penultimate post is all about the single most important element in our service, when it comes to the experience of the service: music. Music determines how people feel in church.  And expectations are very high when it comes to Christmas Eve because Christmas and music go together. […]

Christmas Countdown: 3 Days

By : December 22, 2012

Shortly I am off to the fairgrounds to survey the work that has been done today. That is my contribution…I comment on other people’s efforts after they’re done. It’s a very important part of the process. However, before I leave I wanted to update my Christmas countdown, with another look into our Christmas Eve Celebration.  […]

Christmas Countdown: 4 Days

By : December 21, 2012

I am falling behind in my countdown… we’ve got 4 days to go, but since Christmas Eve is what we are really anticipating, it’s actually 3 days. Last evening I visited the Fairgrounds to see how things were progressing. What I discovered were dozens and dozens of member-ministers helping to set up….including about 50 high […]

Christmas Countdown: 5 Days

By : December 19, 2012

Well, there was a flurry of activity today in preparation for Christmas and most of it comes in basically two styles: the people who are at the Fairgrounds cleaning up, setting up and decorating and the people back here at the office basically preparing the program. This is a post mostly about the latter. Maria, […]

Christmas Countdown: 6 Days

By : December 19, 2012

Today we began the move to the Fairgrounds. The jumbo-tron on York Road in front of the Fair now announces our presence and our event. Once there we took possession of the Cow Palace and got to work (by “we,” of course, I mean not “me” but a lot of other people under the direction […]

Christmas Countdown: 7 Days

By : December 17, 2012

Despite the sadness of recent days, preparations continue for our Christmas Eve celebration at the Maryland State Fair. Each year Christmas Eve is a joyful celebration, but we always strive to be mindful of those who are not joyful. It can be a very difficult holiday for those who mourn. So we always try to […]

Guest Post: Make Christmas Family Friendly

By : December 16, 2012

It was the one night of the year when I didn’t want to stay up late.  Staying up late meant delaying Santa Claus.  I know that might not make sense; however, as a child I knew the sooner I went to sleep the sooner morning would come.   That’s why it blew my mind when my […]