It’s still Christmas!

A postcard from 1st Sunday after Christmas 12/26/21

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greensboro, Alabama.

The 12 Days of Christmas isn’t just a song, it’s a season!

While the rest of the world is packing away the Christmas decorations, we Episcopalians get to keep celebrating Christmas for 12 days. So keep telling folks “Merry Christmas!”

Every time I read the opening verses of the Gospel of John, I always think of space. I am fascinated by how we can look back in time to our creation by studying the stars. So, when I get the chance to preach on the Prologue of John, I often look to our experience in space.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launched Dec. 25 at 7:20 a.m. EST on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, on the northeastern coast of South America. Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

On Christmas Day this year, we launched the Webb Telescope, which is the most sophisticated telescope we have built to date. It is currently on its speeding to its orbit point one million miles away. You can follow its journey here. The telescope is designed to see infrared light from distant galaxies. If all goes right, by mid-2022 it will beam back images of galaxies created shortly after the universe came into being, and allow us to see the light that is still shining in the darkest space.

So of course, the Webb Telescope made it into my 1st Sunday after Christmas sermon. Perhaps following its journey will serve as a reminder in the coming months for us to look up and be amazed by God’s creation and to look for the incarnate Word of God in the world around us.


A sermon from St. Paul’s in Greensboro:

Principal text: John 1:1-18

Audio only available here


Coming next

  • Jan. 2 – St. Barnabas, Roanoke – 2nd Sunday after Christmas
  • Jan. 9 – Messiah, Heflin – 1st Sunday after the Epiphany
  • Jan. 16 – St. Paul’s, Greensboro – 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
  • Jan. 23 – Messiah, Heflin – 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
  • Jan. 30 – St. Barnabas, Roanoke – 4th Sunday after the Epiphany

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