For decades this has been a wonderful evening of great food and warm fellowship. “Surely, it is God who saves me; I will trust in him and not be afraid.” ~First song of Isaiah And, now, this Sunday…But, did you know that the proceeds from the dinner go to buy dinner for someone else? Luke’s has donated over ,000 to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank as a result of the dinner. You can help by selling tickets, making lasagna, working the night of the dinner. Please speak to Ernie Doeden if you have questions. “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” ~Song of Mary Songs have long been a way to express joy, offer praise, express grief, and even speak resistance.Shepherding was hard and dirty work; it was lonely and often ostracizing.So, when the angel appears to them with a message that the Messiah has come it must have been a little perplexing to this group of outcasts. Oddly enough, they wasted no time in going to “see this thing that had taken place.” And, once they saw the Christ Child, they went with haste to let others know what had been told to them.We are becoming as we go.” Joan Chittister It was a night like any other for those shepherds minding their flock.Some would have been chosen for the night watch, keeping their eyes and ears alert to any potential threat to the herd – bandits and wild animals were among the many dangers.The others would have been searching for a comfortable spot to sleep and stay warm.In those days, shepherds held little in common with the cute kids we usually see on Christmas Eve – the ones wearing bathrobes and draping towels on their heads and waving to loved ones from the chancel steps.
It means “speedy,” “rush,” “acceleration,” and “quickness.” Most of us have been moving with great haste this month (or perhaps longer), trying frantically to get ready for family and gift giving and holiday feasts for the Christmas season.While those are all good things for sure, how is operating in haste working for you? We are getting ready to host another FAMOUS LASAGNA DINNER!