Melina Lopez would sit on the altar steps, chin cupped in her hand, gazing into the manger. I’ve never seen a child so still on Christmas Eve. It was just a doll with unruly synthetic hair, wrapped into a worn receiving blanket, dropped into the matted hay. But for Melina it was baby Jesus, and she adored him.
When I was a child, I learned that same still wonder of finding Jesus in Luke, chapter two. Later it was attributed to my poor eyesight, but I would lay my cheek right in the book to read those breathless words at the heart of Christmas: “And they found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” Cheek cradled in the words, I learned to love Jesus.
I still have this story memorized in King James’ version. It got to me. And Melina’s pure adoration of a swaddled child, a Jesus with untameable hair who loves us and the world with such abandon that he leaves heaven to come to us and live with us on earth, stays with me.
This Christmas as we prepare for the hope, peace, joy and love Jesus brings, you are invited to pull up a seat next to Melina to receive this gift of wonder in the Christ Child. With the children of our congregation we will “lay down the baby Jesus” in the manger. But Jesus will not just lay there sweetly. He will sneak into our hearts and dwell there, and walk with us into the world. He will change our lives.
Join us as we breathe deeply of the scent of new mown hay and newborn baby, as gaze together into the manger to see this thing which has come to pass, sing to one another of this good news of great joy for all peoples, then “Go Tell it on the Mountain”!
Christmas Eve Worship
4:00 pm Festival Candlelight Communion with Carols
10:30 pm Festival Candlelight Communion with Carols
Join us for special pre-service music at 3:45 pm and 10:15 pm
Christmas Day Worship
11 am Christmas Day Worship with Holy
When Dr. Beckmann discovered that women were being ordained in other Lutheran church bodies, she left the Big Apple to attend the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, in Hyde Park. She met her husband, Fred Kinsey, at seminary. They served a 20 year ministry together in the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where Dr.
Beckmann also worked toward and received her doctorate in preaching from LSTC. Dr. Beckmann has also served at ELCA Churchwide Organization here in Chicago as Director for the national program of candidacy and two interim positions at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She has served ten interim ministries in Metro Chicago and enjoys seeing how congregations prepare themselves and leadership for mission. She is enjoying seeing how disciples answer God’s call as she serves among God’s people in Des Plaines! She looks forward to getting to know the people of Trinity, hearing our stories and how God has called us. Dr. Beckmann can be contacted at the church office: (847) 827-6656. Her church email is pastor- firstname.lastname@example.org.
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