Preparing for the Christmas season
Rather than decorating the church with Christmas greens prior to Sunday services, as it had been done in past year, Minister Ruth Morrison turned the responsibility over to the congregation this year — and it took place during the 8:15 and 10 a.m. services.
“Hanging of the Greens” was the theme of both services on Dec. 6 with the congregation not only hanging wreaths, decorating with poinsettias, holly, ivy, and evergreen boughs, lighting the Christmas tree, and building the creche, the symbolism of each of the elements turned out to be the sermon — delivered by members of the church.
Children from the congregation were given the opportunity to place Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the animals in the stable on the altars in both the main sanctuary and in the chapel. The Leopold family took care of the creche in the chapel while Jasper Fontana, assisted by Sue Lind, had the honor in the sanctuary.
Once the elements of the creche were in place, other members of the congregation added bedstraw, thyme, rosemary and lavender, explaining why each was important to the Christmas story.
That portion of the service ended when everyone was given the opportunity to hang a paper angel on the Christmas tree with personal messages or prayers printed on each in what has become a Christmas tradition at the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church.