Terry, Heather and Madison Keezer were the Holy Family for this year's CEUMC Christmas pageant.
Family service begins celebration of Christmas
Long ago, on the very first Christmas night, something wonderful happened. A special baby was born. Many, many people had waited a long time for this baby. Tonight we celebrate the story of his birth.
So began the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church’s Christmas pageant at the Family Service on Christmas Eve. The story, narrated by Steve Hill, was an adaptation of one written by New Hampshire’s Tomie de Paulo.
Terry Keezer as Joseph, his wife Heather as Mary and their daughter Madison as Baby Jesus were our Holy Family for this Christmas Eve service, providing the images we see each year, but ones that remain fresh and push our senses to look beyond the calendar and attempt to imagine how it must have been some 2,000 years ago.
That sense of attemping to reconstruct reality is becoming second nature to Pastor Ruth Morrison. This Christmas Eve pageant was her 37th since being ordained. And, as always, it was a special evening of family, friends and fellowship.
Enjoy the images of Christmas Eve:
Rev. Ruth Morrison interacts with the Holy Family at the end of the pageant.
Pastor Ruth lighting the Christmas candle at the 11 o'clock service.
Mark Braun led the shepherds in their search of the manger and Baby Jesus.
Our angels included Megan Connelly, Cayden Royall and Shirley Maxwell Royall, Mariah Higley, Melissa Stewart and Monty and Midori Kwan.
Gail Parker played the organ and piano at both the 6:30 and 11 p.m. services, and even sang while playing during the second service.
Camille Braun and her father Mark provided an inspirational performance of "Ave Maria."
Ginny Pomeroy sang both "The Star Carol" and "Some Children" at the early service.
Amazing Grace the giraffe was once again a camel for Christmas Eve.
There was candlelight for the singing of "Silent Night" and "Away in the Manger."
The Connelly sisters were in the spirit of the season.
Joseph and Baby Jesus sharing a moment.
In the light of candles and the Christmas tree, Pastor Ruth delivered the benediction.