Hopes and Fears

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A homily preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC, December 24, 2016, Christmas Eve.

Text: Luke 2:1-20 

 

Seventy-five years ago tomorrow President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill attended Foundry Church for the National Christmas Service.  Churchill wrote, “The President and I went to church together on Christmas Day, and I found peace in the simple service and enjoyed singing the well-known hymns, and one, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem,’ I had never heard before. Certainly there was much to fortify the faith of all who believe in the moral governance of the universe.”  This was just weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entry into World War II.  In those days of such uncertainty and grave danger, here at Foundry was found—at least by one account—“much to fortify the faith of all who believe in the moral governance of the universe.”  The hymn Churchill mentio [...]