Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Wishing you a blessed Christmas December 25, 2013

ATTENDING CHURCH SERVICES has always been a part of my Christmas time celebration for it is Christ’s birth I focus on today.

I recently photographed these scenes at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, an historic Faribault, Minnesota, church:

Christmas, Fourth Ave UMC sanctuary

 While the sanctuary stood empty, I imagined the pews packed with worshipers,

Christmas, sanctuary Nativity

the baby Jesus already laid in the manger,

Christmas, cross stitch

the anticipation of children restless with excitement.

Christmas, Nativity

What a joyful time.

Christmas, stairway Nativity

May the blessings of peace, happiness and joy be yours today and in the year ahead, for unto us a Saviour is born, Christ the Lord.

Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


18 Responses to “Wishing you a blessed Christmas”

  1. Marilyn Says:

    I enjoy looking at all the nativity scenes – I have a growing collection in composite/plastic, crystal, wood, ceramics, cloth, etc. Wishing you all a Happy and Blessed Christmas!

  2. Jackie Says:

    Merry Christmas Audrey, I hope your day is filled with family, joy and many blessing. Jackie

  3. Lynn schmidt Says:

    Merry Christmas! Love, the Schmidt family

  4. hotlyspiced Says:

    Merry Christmas, Audrey. And what a beautiful nativity scene there is in this church. It’s gorgeous. We usually like to go to church at 11pm on Christmas Eve and afterwards it’s Christmas Day and so everyone hangs around wishing everyone else a Merry Christmas. But this year I hosted a Christmas Eve dinner so we didn’t make it. We did get to Carols by the Sea a few days ago and that was a fantastic evening of hearing the message of Christmas as in between the carols, parts of the Book of Luke were read to all who attended. xx

  5. treadlemusic Says:

    Christmas Eve service was packed in our little town…at all the churches having a special service or two. It was so wonderful! Love the photos!!!!

  6. Beth Ann Says:

    Lovely pictures. We attended a wonderful service on Christmas Eve in Cary at the UMC Church where one of Aaron has a good friend who attends. It was packed for communion and candle lighting and the sermon even featured the telling of Yertle the Turtle–one of my fav Dr. Seuss stories. 🙂 All in all a blessed evening. Much love to you and yours.

  7. Allan Says:

    Beautiful Methodist Church your City has! Churches always look warm and cozy during the Blessed Christmas Season. Too bad the pews are filled with so many CEO’s. (Christmas and Easter only) goers.

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