Blue Christmas  Tree  Service 2017

The service on December 14th  2017 is the  Blessed fruit  of a faithful church member Carol B..

Together with the Minister she recognized in 2000 that Christmas is not always a time for all out festivities.  Each year, the Altar Guild places a Christmas tree at the front of the church. Those in attendance reflect on the sombre blue lights of the tree as they think about loved ones. Members of the parish have an opportunity to place a card on the tree, to remember someone who has touched their lives or give a special “thank you” for their blessings.  

Notwithstanding the joyous celebration of the birth of our Lord it is often muted for many as they struggle with loss of a dear one during the year, personal or family illness or financial or mental health wellness. Congregants process to the tree to place their cards after the opening  prayer and  petitions. 2017 was a decided challenge with natural disasters, superimposed  on personal sorrows, difficulties and violence in today world are answered by words of  Trust, Faith, and Hope as HE has promised to be with us always especially on those dark days.

The sermon reflected about we can deal with unhappy situations and more importantly how we can help others.

Many times we doubt his Presence as we do not get prayers answered immediately and forget those times when we were given answers, as friends or relatives come to our aid through the power of Prayer.

The service concluded with Holy Communion and a Benediction of the Peace. .

This year, we had 63 Christmas “Remembrance” Cards and 4 angels placed on the tree. A total of $545.00 was donated. As in the past, 100% of the funds raised were donated to schools in Windsor Park.

A special thank you to Carol B. for her dedication to this Ministry, which has a positive impact on our Community.

June M. James, O.M.