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2017 December message

The 12 Days of the Bethlehem Marketplace

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me - a visit with the Holy Family and their newborn baby Jesus!

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me - census takers with pens in hand. (And they don’t believe in tax reform!)

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me - Interpreters that can’t wait to tell you “the old, old story of Jesus and his love!”

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me - grouchy, grumpy Roman guards in full armor. (But, they’re really very nice guys!)

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me - a sly and cunning carpet maker who will make you an offer you can’t refuse. (But you might want to seriously consider it!)

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me - merchants aplenty for those last minute gifts, (The mall doesn’t have anything on us!)

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me - women at the well, ready and more than willing to offer you a cup of water and the latest news (gossip)!

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me - beggar children that will tug at your heartstrings!

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me - a wandering rabbi. (He doesn’t want to spend all his time by the synagogue arguing with the money changer and having staring contests with the llama.)

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me - all God’s creatures great and small (mainly chickens and sheep and THAT ORNERY LLAMA!)

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me - dates and nuts and cheese and all kinds of tasty things (and they don’t come in gift boxes that say DO NOT OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 25th)

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, “a partridge in a pear tree!” (Actually, they’re palm trees and we weren’t able to find any partridges. But, we sure tried.)

At St. John’s UCC, we have been singing our version of “The Twelve Days” to entertain and educate the church and community about the true meaning of Christmas since the mid-80’s. As always, our organist and choir director, Todd Baldosser, Jane Shoemaker, our chapel pianist and musical guests will share the sounds of the season in the sanctuary. The cost is only a food or monetary donation to the food pantry. To see and be a part of all of these wonderful things, why not bring someone you love to the 2017 edition of The Bethlehem Marketplace!

Rev. Mark Katrick