Christmas Day at St. Michael’s is a simple time of worship. We read the lessons for Christmas which include John 1, “The word made flesh and dwelling among us” as opposed to the Luke 2 story of shepherds, angels, and the manger.
You can find those lessons here: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearABC_RCL/Christmas/ChrsDay3_RCL.html
Rev. Jeunee accompanies a few congregational carols with her ukulele, and shares a Christmas message that is different than the sermon she gives on Christmas Eve. Often time, our Christmas day “sermons” are stories, or sermons retold from others.
This year, she shared the story of Martin the Shoemaker, a story originally told by Leo Tolstoy as “Where Love is, There God is also.” It’s the story of Martin, who has a vision that the Christ would come visit him the next day, and so he is attentive and watches and waits, and at first is disappointed when, at the end of the day, Jesus hasn’t come to him, until he realizes that he met Jesus in all the people he encountered that day… all those he helped and encouraged.
Christmas we remember that God became flesh and dwelt among us. As Jesus. and now Christ is in all those we meet and serve. “Whatever you have done for the least of these, you have done for me.”
Read the original story here: http://www.online-literature.com/tolstoy/2892/
Here are some other versions of Martin the Shoemaker: