Special to the Advocate
Passers-by may see the figures of Joseph and Mary riding a donkey on the edge of
“Worship shouldn’t be confined to a sanctuary; we’ve just taken it out into the yard for everyone to see. We’re showing a pretty simple story with some spectacular characters and events. It’s the Christian Christmas story, and it moves at a different pace than the retail frenzy,” says Marie Owen, chair of worship at St. Matthew’s.
“The figures resemble stained-glass. Windows of stained-glass were originally designed to tell a story to early church members who couldn’t read,” says Rev. Rod Borders, senior pastor at St. Matthew’s.
The figures were designed and drawn by Owen and Alicia Zeski of
Each Sunday during Advent, different Sunday school classes, service groups and families in the church will move Mary and Joseph and the shepherds and sheep a little closer to the stable at the front door of the church. On Christmas Eve, the figure of the Christ Child will arrive. The community is invited to walk through the stable to the candlelight Holy Communion services offered by St. Matthew’s at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
But the story doesn’t end there. Christmas Day the figures of the wise men will appear at the edge of
On Jan. 6, the Epiphany, the wise men will find the baby and kneel to present their gifts.
Every Sunday from Dec. 3 until Jan. 6 the story will be different, and all are invited to drive by and see the story or come in and hear the Christian Christmas story.