No room at the inn
No room at the inn —
Most of us currently attending Celebration Lutheran Church were not around when the congregation celebrated our Lord's birth for the first time.
So, here is a little history:
In 1981 we met for worship services at Sunrise Elementary School on Sunday mornings. In November we began thinking about the type of Christmas worship services we would have. We realized that we had not made provisions in our lease agreement with the Puyallup School District for use of the school on Christmas.
As is often said, "...when a door is closed, the Lord opens a window." So, we put on our thinking caps and began to work on a plan "outside the box." What we did have included a piece of vacant property, and the knowledge that the local fire department strongly discourages candlelight services in churches where the people each hold a lighted candle.
The natural conclusion: worship outside where the fire codes wouldn't dampen our spirits. After all, if Mary and Joseph could bring our Lord into this world in a stable, we could certainly brave the elements for a few minutes, surrounded by God's creation to remember that momentous occasion. And, no fire department could complain about a few candles in the woods in Western Washington in December; not exactly the high fire danger season.
So, we mailed flyers to the neighborhood, and were amazed at the response! That first outdoor service drew more than 225 worshippers, many of whom come back year after year. Year after year neighbors, friends and members have come to join in the outdoor celebration.
Now, each year, we gather in our woods to remember the birth of our Savior and thank His father for the gift of His Son. We invite you to join us again this year. Christmas Eve outdoor worship is at 7:00 PM, lasting approximately 30 minutes. Please dress for the weather. Invite your family visiting from out of town and your neighbors. All children who attend are invited to be a part of the living Nativity by coming a few minutes early and don costumes of shepherds, angels, or wise people. Costumes will be available inside the church; or, bring your own. We will have a Holy Family, including one of Celebrations' newest members as the baby Jesus lying in the manger.