And what a Christmas it is! I offer this video greeting to all of you in this Diocese and beyond who follow. I also offer three wonderful offerings sent to me by various people in my life that I think are worth sharing at this strange time we live through. First is a video filmed on a rooftop near the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, with singers singing Drummer Boy in English, Arabic, and Italian. Beautiful, and for those who have traveled there, with me and others, it is a good memory. I am really missing the usual impending trip this year.
Next is a little sermon from a Franciscan Friar, who talks some good sense on how to "use" this unique Advent and Christmas we are living through.
And then, number three, from St. James' Kent, and the Rev. Dr. Joyce Parry-Moore, this video of the Nativity St. James' style, replete with faces of the newborn babies of 2020 from their congregation.
And finally, my Merry Christmas wish for all of you. Blessings to all of you. Stay healthy, nothing can stop Christ coming into our world, into our lives, into our hearts.
The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel is the VIII Bishop of Olympia, the Episcopal Church in Western Washington State. He has been the bishop here since September, 2007.