Talk about jumping the gun! The church decided to cancel Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services because of the threat of winter weather. And, had the weather reports been true to form, it really would have been bad. Ice on the roads, freezing rain, 8-12 inches of snow. That would have indeed made driving hazardous. As it happened, NONE of this came to pass. We had rain…but the temperature was above freezing. It was sloppy to be sure, but not undrivable. I am sorely and severely BUMMED that we had to post-pone our Christmas Cantata and cancel our Christmas Day service. We had sort of a family Christmas service. We sang some hymns, I read the lessons appointed for Christmas Eve, sang some more hymns, and I read my sermon for Christmas Day on John 1:14. But I am going to be much less of a wuss next year. If we are supposed to have winter weather, we are waiting until 3 or 4 p.m. to cancel anything.

A blessed Festival of the Nativity of our Lord to all!


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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4 Responses to Bummed

  1. My policy is this :
    If I can get to church, the service will be offered.
    If anyone attends, the service will be held.
    Members are encouraged to consider their own safety in deciding whether to attend church.

    It really makes a “decision” unnecessary. No matter how bad the weather has gotten in town – and we have some doozy blizzards – I have always managed to make it church, and people always manage to show up.

    Sorry you missed the chance to proclaim the Savior’s birth.

  2. Bad Ice says:

    ah the irony of having the last name Winter.

  3. Bad Ice says:

    Today is the First Sunday in Christmas. We had 6 baptized in attendance including the pastor and organist, following 16 inches of snow.

    I thought about canceling but the one man who drove in said that “we have to at least have communion.”

    The 90+ year old lady said, “you surely have some little sermon prepared.”

    Worship was shortened, but sins were forgiven, the Good News was proclaimed to the poor and cold, and we communed with Christ.

    Coffee and pistachio cake were enjoyed after the service.

    The 11am service over 20 miles away in another town is canceled.

  4. Word and Sacrament are surely enough, but coffee and pistachio cake are a nice bonus!

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