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The Surprise Presence we get at Christmas

A sermon preached Christmas Eve, 2015 The Rev. John Ohmer, Rector The Falls Church Episcopal The surprise presence we get at Christmas: not the presents with a t, the presents we get to open tomorrow morning -- tonight I want to talk about the surprise presence , company, showing up, appearance, incarnation, that we get at Christmas. I recently ran across a little book with the title An Unexpected Christmas by Simone Graham. The author wrote the story as a gift for her own children. It was made into a short film by St. Paul’s Anglican church in New Zealand and became a hit on YouTube a couple years ago. The book invites you to use your imagination, and imagine a conversation going on in heaven as God reveals God’s plans for the very first Christmas. I like the way it gives a whole different perspective on a very familiar story. It starts out by asking if you have ever wondered if we “could pull back the curtain of time that very first Christmas,” and ima