Wilton congregations’ holiday messages

Wilton congregation leaders will preach a variety of messages this holiday season. Here are some of the messages that will be shared.

Wilton Presbyterian

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Wilton Presbyterian Church at 48 New Canaan Road will have a “simple service of stories, lessons and carols” for families in the sanctuary at 4 p.m., and prelude music at 8:40 p.m., followed by a candlelight service at 9 and lessons and carols.

The Rev. Shannon White said her message during the services will focus on how “sometimes we get so caught up in our lives that we find it difficult, if not impossible, to see glimpses of Christmas all around us — they are there waiting to be noticed, sometimes in unexpected sources.

“Who would have thought to look for Emmanuel, God-with-us, among homeless immigrants? Who would have thought this baby would be born to an unmarried teenage girl?” said Ms. White.

“The message of One who brings the promise of unconditional love, lasting peace, unfailing hope, overwhelming joy, and life-giving light beyond what we can muster up on our own is still relevant and needed today. Are we pausing long enough to look in unexpected places to see and experience it?”

Ms. White said the 9 p.m. Christmas Eve sermon will tell of “an excommunicated man who was responsible for having written one of the most sacred songs of the season, and a homeless man who gave lovingly to others in need.”

The Wilton Presbyterian office will be closed the week between Christmas, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, for cleaning of the complex. Ms. White will be on call and working from home.

Information: wiltonpresbyterian.org, 203-762-5514.

Hope Church

The Rev. David Gish said Hope Evangelical Free Church, 240 Wolfpit Road, held a service on Sunday, Dec. 21, with the message of “Understanding Christmas,” in which he explained the symbols of Christmas, such as trees and lights, gifts and Santa, and whether “Jesus is just another symbol or if He is the heart of Christmas.”

Hope Church will host Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24, at 5 and 9 p.m. Mr. Gish said “Mary Christmas” will be his message during those services — “looking at the birth of Christ from Mary’s perspective and considering what her words in the Magnificat in the Gospel of Luke have to say to our lives today as we consider God.”

Information: hopechurchct.org, 203-762-0706.

Our Lady of Fatima

Father Reggie Norman said he was leaning on a theme of ‘“Meeting people where they are’ just as God does and how our ideas affect our actions — how we think of another person affects how we relate to that person” for the Christmas Masses at Our Lady of Fatima, 229 Danbury Road.

Father Norman said he will carry that concept over to “our idea of God and how the relationship can affect how we relate and do for others.”

He said this would lead to the celebration of “God becoming human to correct our image about Him so that we can have the right relationship with Him.”

“God enters human history innocent and pure, and only seeks love,” he said. “If we can share in that image and then see God in everyone we meet, we are more likely to see innocence where we now see something different and love where we often see something else.”

Father Norman said this would “allow us to first look at a person as they are and learn to love them no matter what, as we are all brothers and sisters.”

Our Lady of Fatima Church’s holiday services will take place Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at 4, 6, 7:30, and midnight and Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at 9, 10:30 and noon.

Information: olfwilton.org, 203-762-3928.

Wilton Congregational

The Rev. Arnold Thomas said his message for the Christmas season is that “Christ God has entrusted humanity with the nurture and care of God’s beloved son and God’s Spirit, which indicates how beloved and special we are in God’s heart.”

Wilton Congregational Church, 70 Ridgefield Road, will hold  Christmas Eve worship services on Dec. 24 at 4, 7 and 9 p.m.

Information: wiltoncongregational.org, 203-762-5591.