Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, from the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma! Watch this Christmas video made from communities across the state.

 

Christmas in 2020 comes at the end of a year that has tested our patience, our endurance, and our faith. A global pandemic has been raging since the spring, cutting short lives and devastating livelihoods, taking away or disrupting so many of the traditions that bind us together: gathering for food and fellowship, worship and school, singing, the hug of a loved one, a warm smile.  

This year has also seen an historic ice storm, bitter political division, and painful but necessary conversations about race and injustice. 2020 was a hard year. But it has also been a year of inspiration and of hope.  

In Oklahoma, our churches, schools, senior care centers, and camp and conference center reinvented themselves, finding new ways to bring people together, and reaching out to the vulnerable in their communities.  

And now, at Christmastime, we are coming together again to do a bold and wonderful thing. This year’s Bishop’s Appeal will benefit Historic Vernon A.M.E. Church, the only black-owned building to survive the 1921 Tulsa race massacre.  

Since COVID-19 hit, Vernon church has been feeding those most in need in their neighborhood, over 200,000 meals have been served so far! If we raise $50,000 in this year’s Bishop’s Appeal, the most we’ve ever raised, our diocese will match with an additional $50,000.   With this life-changing $100,000 gift, Historic Vernon A.M.E. Church will be able to upgrade their kitchen for their feeding ministry, and create a prayer wall, where visitors can learn about the tragic events of 1921, and pray for God’s peace and reconciliation.  

Christmas is a season of hope, when we celebrate a God who loved us so much, that God came to be among us as a human being, to share our deepest sorrows, and our highest joys. This Christ child, arrived in a time of great uncertainty and anxiety, and yet his humble birth is our greatest reminder... That Jesus is God’s promise to be with us, right here, always, no matter what.  

That’s good news.   That’s the best news.   Come, Lord Jesus.   Come into our hurting world again this Christmas.   Come into our hearts.   Be born in us.   And inspire us to share your love, and what you have given us, with all who have need of it. Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Feliz Navidad!  

Merry Christmas, from the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma.

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