It seems that 2016 barely got started when we lost our first batch of famous people. At the bottom of this post are the popular ones that I knew.  But I also wanted to make mention of others…not so famous but they made a difference none-the-less.  The first group that I wanted to highlight who were important in The Wesleyan Church circles.

Probably the most significant – at least in terms of out local church was Ed O’Brien.  Our first Sunday was July 24 and Ed passed away on the next.  It came as quite a shock to our community – both church and local.  At the funeral, we had a packed house.  We probably had close to 90 packed into our little chapel.  Ed was our go-to person – he did quite a bit around here in the area of maintenance.  I told the congregation at his funeral that I’m a little jealous – they knew Ed well and I barely got a chance to know him.  Ed was one of those who helped us get the truck unloaded and he was a workhorse on that very hot day.

In the Wesleyan Church at large we lost:

Ken Heer

Dr. Heer was pastor in seven Wesleyan churches in Indiana, including College Wesleyan Church in Marion and Fall Creek Wesleyan Church in Fishers, adding up to 28 years in pastoral ministry. He also served 23 years in several leadership roles at The Wesleyan Church Headquarters, including General Director of Education and the Ministry from 1988-1997. He was chief of staff for the Board of General Superintendents at the time of his retirement from headquarters in 2012. After moving to Florida, he served as president of Wesleyan Village in Brooksville and teaching pastor at Brooksville Wesleyan Church.

Crystal Blake

Crystal and her husband, Matt, have been serving in Brno, Czech Republic, for 13 years as missionaries with Global Partners, the missions arm of The Wesleyan Church.

Crystal was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 at age 35. After intense chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, she was declared cancer-free. But the cancer had metastasized and returned, first in her hip and then the liver. Crystal was a classmate of mine at Indiana Wesleyan.

Lee Haines

He served as General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church from 1988-2000. Prior to that he was General Secretary of Education and the Ministry from 1980-1988. A native of Fairmount, Indiana, his ministry as a pastor in Indiana churches, college professor at Marion College (Indiana Wesleyan University), and in several leadership roles at Wesleyan World Headquarters impacted the church and left a legacy which will go on into eternity. Dr. Haines was a great supporter of women in the ministry.

Wesley Duewel

Dr. Duewel gave himself to world missions for 75 years. After ministry in India for nearly 25 years, he was president of One Mission Society (1969-1982). He was a member of the Wabash Conference of the Free Methodist Church for 48 years.

Dr. Duewel preached at a camp meeting where I led worship one summer.  He was a great man of prayer.

Dr. Daniel Finch

Dr. Finch was born on June 1, 1936 in Manitou Springs, Colo. He held three undergrad degrees, a masters and a doctorate. He married Carol, his college sweetheart in 1958. In the mid-1960s the couple welcomed two children into their home. His children remember him as a father with unconditional love.

Daniel was accomplished at building churches, playing musical instruments, leading people to Jesus, and training leaders worldwide. He was a published author, successful pastor, tireless leader, and church pioneer who loved God and was passionate about changing the world for Christ. His influence for Christ spans the globe including Ireland, Africa, Jamaica, and beyond. He was a pastor at 12Stone Church, a leader in The Wesleyan Church, and an avid model railroader. His family has produced generations of pastors, teachers, missionaries, and leaders. He was a man with a strong heart, who loved God, his family, and people around the world.

I had the opportunity to meet this man of God late in his life.  What a testimony!

While not a Wesleyan, we also lost Cliff Barrows, former music directory for Billy Graham.

Other notable yet not celebrities are:

Edwin Goldwasser – December 14 – Co-founder of Fermi National Accelerator Lab

Dr. Henry Heimlich – December 17 – invented the Heimlich Maneuver

Robert Hulseman – December 21 – inventor of the Red Solo Cup

Vera Rubin – December 25 – discovered evidence of Dark Matter.

And as promised the rest of the list:

Gone But Not Forgotten – 2016


  • 06     Pat Harrington Jr., Actor – Schneider on “One Day at a Time” – age 86
  • 10     David Bowie, Musician – (2) time Grammy winner influenced music and culture for four generations – age 69
  • 15     Dan Haggerty, Actor – The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams – age 74
  • 18     Glen Frey, Singer / Songwriter – founded The Eagles “Take It Easy”, “Peaceful Easy Feeling” – age 67
  • 28     Mike Minor, Actor – Steve Eliot on “Petticoat Junction” – age 75


  • 03     Maurice White, Musician / songwriter – founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire – age 74
  • 03     Joe Alaskey, Voice Actor – Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety – age 63
  • 13     Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice – appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986 – age 79
  • 19     Harper Lee, Novelist – Pulitzer Prize for fiction (1961) for novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” – age 89
  • 22     Sonny James, Country Music Singer/Songwriter – the first teenage country crossover #1 single “Young Love” – age 87
  • 24     Lennie Baker, Musician – 1950s music tribute group and TV show Sha-Na-Na (1969-2000) – age 69


  • 04     Joey Martin Feek, C&W Musician – husband and wife country duo “Joey + Rory” – age 40
  • 06     Nancy Reagan, First Lady of the U.S.(1981-1989) Husband, 40th President Ronald Reagan – age 94
  • 08     Sir George Martin, Producer for the “Beatles” albums, known as “The Fifth Beatle” – age 90
  • 10     Keith Emerson, Musician / keyboardist – created Emerson, Lake & Palmer rock group – age 71
  • 18     Joe Santos, Actor – Lieutenant Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files (1974-1980) – age 84
  • 22     Rob Ford, Politician – crack smoking Mayor of Toronto, Canada – age 46
  • 23     Joe Garagiola, Baseball Player – MLB catcher and announcer and television host – age 90
  • 24     Earl Hamner, Jr., Writer/Producer – created “The Waltons” TV show – age 92
  • 27     Mother Angelica, Franciscan Nun – founder of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) – age 92
  • 28     James Noble, Actor – Governor Gatling on “Benson” (1979-1986) – age 94
  • 29     Patty Duke, Actress – played identical cousins in “The Patty Duke Show” (1963-1966) – age 69


  • 06     Merle Haggard, C&W singer/songwriter – “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive”, “Okie From Muskogee” – age 79
  • 17     Doris Roberts, Actress – Marie Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond” (1996–2005) – age 90
  • 21     Prince, Musician – flamboyant on stage, seven Grammy Awards, “Purple Rain” – age 57
  • 23     Madeleine Sherwood, Actress – Reverend Mother Placido in “The Flying Nun” (1967-70) – age 94


  • 19     Morley Safer, Journalist – CBS News for 52 years (1964-2016), 60 Minutes for 46 years (1970-2016) won 12 Emmy Awards – age 84


  • 03     Muhammad Ali, Professional Boxer – (formerly Cassius Clay) three time heavyweight champion (1964, 1974, and 1978), proclaimed “The Greatest” – age 74
  • 10     Gordie Howe, Hockey player – Detroit Red Wings for 25 seasons, 23-time NHL All-Star – age 88
  • 13     Michu Meszaros, Actor / Circus Performer – was the man in the ALF costume (ALF TV Show 1986-1990) – age 76
  • 14     Ann Guilbert, Actress – Millie Helper in The Dick Van Dyke Show and Yetta Rosenberg in The Nanny – age 87
  • 14     Ronnie Claire Edwards, Actress – Corabeth Walton Godsey on The Waltons (1972-81) – age 83
  • 28     Buddy Ryan, NFL Football Coach – while defensive coordinator for Chicago Bears invented the 46 defense – age 85
  • 28     Pat Summitt, NCAA Basketball Coach – University of Tennessee Woman’s team (1974 – 2012) the winningest NCAA coach ever – age 64


  • 03     Noel Neill, Actress – Lois Lane in “Adventures of Superman” (1952-58) – age 95
  • 16     Bonnie Brown, C&W Musician – family musical group The Browns “The Three Bells” – age 77
  • 19     Garry Marshall, Writer/Producer/Actor – created “Happy Days”, “Mork & Mindy”, “Laverne & Shirley” – age 81


  • 13     Kenny Baker, Actor – played R2-D2 in the Star Wars franchise also played Paploo, the Ewok – age 81
  • 29     Gene Wilder, Actor – Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka – age 83


  • 17     Charmian Carr, Actress – Liesl Von Trapp (eldest daughter) in The Sound of Music – age 73
  • 25     Jean Shepard, C&W Singer/Songwriter – Pioneered C&W for women, “A Dear John Letter” – 82
  • 25     José Fernández, Baseball player – starting pitcher for the Miami Marlins and Cuban refugee – age 24
  • 25     Arnold Palmer, Golfer – One of the greatest golfers ever, did more to popularize the sport than any other golfer – age 87


  • 07     Janet Reno, Attorney General of the United States 1993-2001 nominated by President Bill Clinton – age 78
  • 07     Leonard Cohen, Poet / Songwriter – “Suzanne”, “Hallelujah” and “Bird on the Wire” – age 82
  • 14     Gwen Ifill, Journalist – “Washington Week” and “PBS NewsHour” on PBS – age 61
  • 24     Florence Henderson, Actress / Singer – Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch” (1969 to 1974) – age 82
  • 25     Fidel Castro, Dictator – Prime Minister then President of Cuba from 1959-2008 then gave same powers to his brother – age 90
  • 28     Jim Delligatti, McDonald’s franchisee – created The Big Mac – age 98
  • 30     Grant Tinker, Television executive – Chairman and CEO of NBC (1981-’86) married to Mary Tyler Moore (1962-’81) – age 90


  • 07     Greg Lake, Musician – founding member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer “Lucky Man” – age 69
  • 08     John Glenn, WWII & Korean War Fighter Pilot. Marine Colonel. NASA Astronaut. Senator from Ohio (1974-99). Married for 73 yrs – first American to orbit the Earth (1962) – age 95
  • 13     Alan Thicke, Actor – Jason Seaver, the father on “Growing Pains” (1985-’92) – age 69
  • 14     Bernard Fox, Actor – Dr. Bombay in “Bewitched” and Colonel Crittendon in “Hogan’s Heroes” – age 89
  • 18     Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian Actress and Socialite – Moulin Rouge (1952), married nine times to mostly wealthy men – age 99
  • 18     Gordie Tapp, Entertainer – wrote and acted on “Hee Haw” – age 94
  • 24     Richard Adams, Author – Watership Down, The Plague Dogs – age 96
  • 25     George Michael, Singer/Songwriter – #1 hits; “Faith”, “Careless Whisper” – age 53
  • 26     George S. Irving, Stage Actor – Oklahoma! (1943), Me and Juliet (1953) – age 94 – the voice of “Heat Miser.”
  • 27     Carrie Fisher, Actress – Princess Leia in “Star Wars” (1977) and four sequels – age 60
  • 28     Debbie Reynolds, Actress – Kathy Selden in “Singin’ in the Rain”, Mother of Carrie Fisher – age 84

First Sunday after Christmas Day (January 1, 2017)

Hebrews 2:10-18

In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says,

“I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
    in the assembly I will sing your praises.”

And again,

“I will put my trust in him.”

And again he says,

“Here am I, and the children God has given me.”

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

2016 Reading List

My 2016 book list

  1. If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name by Heather Lende
  2. The Thorn by Beverly Lewis
  3. House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer’s Journey Home by Mark Richards
  4. Tea with Hezbollah: Sitting At The Enemies Table Our Journey Through the Middle East by Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis
  5. Among the Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya by Jamaica Kincaid
  6. Finding My Elegy by Ursula K. Guin
  7. The Restored Edition Ariel by Sylvia Plath
  8. American Shaolin by Matthew Polly
  9. Sing and Don’t Cry by Cate Kennedy
  10. Facing the Lions: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton and Herman Viola
  11. Think Christian: A Theology of Star Wars
  12. Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Fmr Capt Luis Carlos Mantlvan
  13. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reily and Martin Dugard
  14. No Higher Honor by Condoleezza Rice
  15. Paris My Sweet by Amie Thomas
  16. An Eye for Art: Focusing on the Great Artist and their Works by the National Art Gallery
  17. Before Amen: The Power of A Simple Prayer by Max Lucado
  18. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
  19. Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reily and Martin Dugard
  20. Star Wars: Before The Awakening by Greg Rucka
  21. The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denice Kiernan
  22. Unbroken: A World War ll Story of Survival Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbran
  23. The Art of Being Broken by Aaron Mark Reimer
  24. The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder by David J. Morris
  25. The Beauty by Jane Hishfield
  26. Women of the Frontier: 16 Tales Blazing Homesteader, Entrepreneurs and Rabble-Rousers by Brando Marie Miller
  27. 1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart
  28. Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace in a World of Crazy by Alli Worthington
  29. Beatrix Potter: Artist, Storyteller, and Countrywoman by Judy Taylor
  30. Zoo by Ogden Nash
  31. A Penny Saved Is Impossible by Ogden Nash
  32. Discover the Mystery of Faith by Glenn Packiam
  33. The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff
  34. Farwell to Manzanar by Jeanne Houston and James D. Houston
  35. Gettysburg: The Last Invasion by Allen C, Guelzo
  36. American Sniper by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
  37. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell
  38. Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault that Changed a Presidency by Billy O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
  39. Killing Patton the Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
  40. Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp by Jerry Stanley
  41. Along the Appalachian Trail: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee by Leonard M. Adkins and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  42. 50 Women Every Christian Should Know by Michelle DeRusha
  43. Worshipping Through John by Aaron Reimer
  44. Lead Like Wesley by Mark L. Gorveatte
  45. First Ladies by Susan Swain and C-Span
  46. Reaching Millennials by David Stark
  47. The City of Light (The Chronicles of Aitherios Book 1) by Barry Shaffer
  48. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
  49. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  50. The Judgment by Beverly Lewis
  51. The Mercy by Beverly Lewis
  52. The Navajo Code Talkers by Bruce Watson
  53. Growing God’s Church by Gary L. McIntosh
  54. Escape From Saddam by Lewis Alsamari
  55. Wild Card Quilt: The Ecology of Home by Janisse Ray
  56. Call The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Time vol 1 by Jennifer Worth
  57. Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
  58. Elephant Company by Vickie Croke
  59. Call of the Midwife: Shadow of the Workhouse Vol 2 by Jennifer Worth
  60. Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
  61. Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief by James M. McPherson
  62. Daughters of the Samurai by Janice P. Nimura
  63. George Washington‘s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution War by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
  64. Boys in the Tree A Memoir by Carly Simon
  65. The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw
  66. The 101’s Airborne At Normandy by Mark A Bando
  67. Bed Riddance A Posy For the Indisposed by Ogden Nash
  68. Finding Your Promise by Jane Rubietta
  69. There’s Always Another Windmill by Ogden Nash
  70. None Like Him by Jen Wilkin
  71. Over A Hot Stove by Flo Wadlow
  72. After the Boxes are Unpacked by Susan Miller
  73. He’s Toot and I’m Gonna Scoot by Barbara Johnson
  74. Normal is Just a Setting on your Dryer by Patsy Clairmont
  75. The Girls Come Marching Home by Kirsten Holmstedt
  76. Telling the Truth with a Smile by Jerry Pattengale
  77. The Cost of Discipleship By Dietrich Bonhoffer
  78. The Boy in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  79. Potty Training by Jennifer Nicole
  80. World War ll As I Saw It by William C. Butz
  81. Justin Trudeau: The Natural Heir by Huguette Young and George Tombs
  82. Along Virginia’s Route 58: Tales From Beach to Bluegrass by Joe Tennis
  83. Will it Waffle by Daniel Shumski
  84. A Different Kind of Daughter by Maria Toorpakai
  85. This is Where it End by Marieke Nijkamp
  86. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachians Trail by Ben Montgomery
  87. Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan by John Bul Dau and Martha Arual Akech
  88. Images of America: Virginia in the Civil War by Joseph D’Arezzo
  89. Wildlfe Watching in America’s National Park: A Seasonal Guide by Gary W. Vequist and Daniel S. Licht
  90. God’s Healing for Hurting Families by David L. Thomson with Gina Thompson Eickhoff
  91. Sweet Briar College by Lynn Rainville and Lisa N. Johnston
  92. Blue Ridge Fire Towers by Robert Sorrell
  93. Damn Few: Making the Modern Seal Warrior by Rorke Denver
  94. 24/6 by Matthew Sleeth, MD
  95. America At the Crossroads by George Barna
  96. Storm Kings: The Untold History America’s First Tornado Chasers by Lee Sandlin
  97. Trouble Maker by Leah Remini
  98. Hissing Cousin by Marc Peyer and Timothy Dwyer
  99. Rage Against God: How Atheism Led me to Faith by Peter Hitchen
  100. Fearless by Eric Blehm
  101. The Viginia Blue Ridge Railroad by Mary E. Lyons
  102. Home Front Girl by Joan Wehlen Morrison
  103. White Lilies from the Kings Garden ( Beulah)
  104. GI Brides by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi
  105. First Ladies of Running by Amby Burfoot
  106. The Karos Moment by Samuel Stephens
  107. Sanctuary by Beverly and David Lewis
  108. In the Heart of Mexico by Mae R.Royer
  109. Ministering Cross-Culturally by Sherwood G. Lingelter and Marvin K. Mayers
  110. If not For The Grace of God by Joyce Meyer
  111. The Call to Contentment by Norman G. Wilson and Jerry Brecheisen
  112. The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
  113. Jesus The Mission by Kenneth Schenck
  114. No Greater Glory: The Four Immortal Chaplains and the Sinking of the Dorchester in World War II Paperback by Dan Kurzman
  115. Stories Behind the Best – Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins
  116. God Came Near by Max Lucado
  117. Cookie Craft Christmas by Janice Fryer
  118. Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010 by Charles Murray ( James told me to read it)
  119. Waiting Here for You: An Advent Journey of Hope by Louie Giglio
  120. Celebrate Our Daughters: 150 Years of Women in Wesleyan Ministry by Maxine L Haines


End of Year Song Roundup | Pam

Trust in You | Lauren Daigle

Eye Of the Storm | Ryan Stevenson

Clean | Natlie Grant

Mended | Matthew West

Breathe |  Jonny Diaz

Tell Your Heart to Beat Again | Danny Gokey

You Were On the Cross | Matt Maher

Move (Keep Walkin) | TobyMac

I Will Follow You | Jeremy Camp

Albums of 2016

If We’re Honest | Francesca Battistelli

I Will Follower | Jeremy Camp

This Is Not a Test | TobyMac

Top Worship Finds 2016

I did this last year and thought I would try it again.  It is not an official list nor is it in any particular order.  However, they are songs that I felt might work well for a congregation to sing together, although some might need to be rearranged for a smaller congregation.  Without any further ado:

No Other Name | Hillsong

Kyrie Eleison | Chris Tomlin

God of Calvary | Chris Tomlin

Love Came Down | Brian Johnson

Jesus | Chris Tomlin

Lion and the Lamb | Leeland

O Come to the Altar | Elevation Worship

Death In His Grave | Audrey Assad

O Praise the Name | Hillsong

Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night Thoughts

Good morning, I am watching the sky grow light from the window of our room at my mom and dads.  We made the trip safely from Eldred to Allentown.  We are looking forward to spending some time here this week.

It’s been a busy couple of days.  I had a bus drivers Christmas party.  Our church had several meaningful services.  On Wednesday night we had a “Longest Night” or “Blue Christmas Service.” I really liked that service.  It was the first time we had ever attempted a service like that.  I believe that it really served its purpose.  Saturday night we had our annual Lessons and Carols service.  It is one of the highlights of my year as a pastor as we read scripture and sang the Christmas carols.  A few hours later on Sunday morning we gathered again and celebrated the birth of Jesus, Emmanuel, God with Us.  We had a great celebration.

One of the other things we did was to go Christmas caroling at some senior’s apartments – that was great fun.  Like I said it was a very busy week.  We usually don’t have weeks like that in Eldred.  But it was fun.  We are looking forward to kicking back this week.  That’s about all I have for today.  Have a Merry Christmas (remember it is the 2nd day of Christmas) and a blessed New Year!  The next time I write this article it will be 2017!  Blessings…

The Birth of Jesus

Christmas, Bethlehem, Crib, Jesus Birth, JesusLuke 2:1-20 | New International Version (NIV)

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Prayer for Christmas Day

christmas_wallpaper_pictures_background_2080_high_definition-1024x640O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence
behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him
perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born [this day] of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.