Reflections for

Nativity of the Lord, Dec 25, 2014

Proper 1: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)

Proper 2: Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20

Proper 3: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12); John 1:1-14

On Art

Della Francesca 1475—2011

Wes Sherman's abstract work, inspired in part by Olivier Messiaen's La Nativité du Seigneur (The Nativity of the Lord), is on exhibit at Grace Church in Newark, New Jersey. In January this piece of art was rearticulated musically, as organists Joseph Arndt and Michael Hey played Messiaen's work and invited the audience to engage both visually and musically. Sherman's collaboration with Grace Church is one in a growing number of cross-genre collaborations taking place in arts and faith communities. Sherman's nativity scene is informed by Piero della Francesca's The Nativity (1475) but rendered in an abstract and contemporary vision—something like Messiaen's music, which gives traditional musical forms contemporary and mystical expression.

—Lil Copan



From the cave of darkness
    a baby comes to light.

In the nick of time,
    eternity tonight.

In a world of error
    a perfect child is birthed.

In the midst of terror,
    peace arrives on earth.

In the chill of winter
    dawns this blazing son.

To a world of sinners
    comes this sinless one.

In a land of chaos
    speaks this single Word

whose voice can raise the dead,
    whose promise can be heard.

Even as he cries
    sleepers stir beneath the sod

for nothing is impossible
    with God.


Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.