BY JUDY ALBERT |
What motivates the members of a congregation to scour their closets for scarves and belts, then dress up in bathrobes and gather outside in a frosty churchyard in December? In a few words, “to share the story of Jesus’ birth with our community.”
Last year, many of us were still apprehensive and, quite frankly, exhausted by Covid. Christmas traditions were on hold: “Is it safe to get the family together?” “Will Christmas Eve lovefeast and candlelight services be relegated to the parking lot again?” “Masks?” “No masks?” In spite of all these concerns, the Mizpah congregation began the planning process for a drive-thru nativity as a gift to our community.
Over the course of two nights, the Christmas story came alive once darkness fell. The angel of the Lord greeted each car as shepherds listened to “tidings of great joy which shall be to all people” and then left in haste on their journey. Wise men pointed the way to the manger.
As cars slowly rolled along, townspeople went about their business in the little town of Bethlehem and the greatest story ever told unfolded. It ended with mother Mary, father Joseph and the Savior of the World huddled in a stable – but for those who experienced it, the real meaning of Christmas had begun.
After angel wings and costumes were packed away, the backdrops rolled up and closets stuffed with various and sundry, we were able to say, “God did indeed bless it all.”
Trusting God’s blessings again this year, please join us on December 3 or 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. each night for the 2022 Drive-thru Nativity. Once again, voluntary donations will be given to community charities to benefit those less fortunate.
Mizpah Moravian Church 3165 Mizpah Church Road Rural Hall, NC 27045 336-924-1661
About the author
Judy Albert is a member of Mizpah Moravian Church in Rural Hall, NC. She is an active participant in the congregation, helping plan and execute events such as the Live Nativity and the church’s partnership with Old Richmond Elementary School to share Moravian history with local children.
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