Article | December 24, 2022
Congregation Update: Joy to the world, the Lord has come!
Blog|The Rev Greg Kimura, Ph.D. (Cantab.)
Greetings this Christmas from Grace Cathedral.
We look forward to celebrating the birth of Christ Jesus with you, joining in-person or online.
Four services are held on December 24: 11 am Bishop’s Christmas Pageant, 4 pm Christmas Lessons & Carols, 7:30 pm Christmas Eve Choral Eucharist, and the 11 pm “Midnight Mass” with Choir and Orchestra preceded by a Carol Prelude at 10:30 pm. You may also access services on the Grace Cathedral Youtube channel and website at any time.
Because of the increasing levels of infection (Covid, RSV, flu) across the Diocese and the stress on the hospital system, we are respectfully requesting that everyone entering Grace Cathedral mask, stay up-to-date on vaccines, or stay home if you are not feeling well (please join us online, though)!
From 6:30-9:30 pm now through January 2, visit Grace Cathedral for Projecting Grace, a glorious multimedia event projecting imagery on the cathedral’s facade. Spearheaded by Bishop Marc Andrus, the light show includes a soundtrack of seasonal favorites by the Grace Cathedral Music Department from now and years past.
With the Christmas tree and light decorations in Huntington Park, the cathedral corner of Nob Hill is both welcoming visitors to the neighborhood and becoming a holiday tradition.
During the holiday season especially, our faith tradition reaches out to those who are struggling. I want to highlight some of the recent outreach and social action ministry in this area. Led by Community Preschool director Loren Smith; Children, Youth, and Family associate Dr. Steph McNally; and the Congregation Council, we put together a remarkably successful Holiday toy, clothing, food, and hygiene supplies drive. Working with our Glide and Bayview Mission partners, items were wrapped and distributed to hundreds of individuals and families locally and around the city. Learn more in our blog!
This time of the year, we thank the many hands that make all the services and activities at Grace Cathedral possible. For all the congregants, trustees, and staff who are working so diligently in this busy time, a big kudos and thank you. Your efforts are more than mere work; they are the ministry that allows the Good News of Christ’s birth to ring out around the city and Diocese! If you would like to support the numerous ministries here, you can always text “GRACE” to “78276”.
Finally, as we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and the change from 2022 to 2023, everyone at Grace Cathedral wishes you a happy Christmas and many blessings in the new year. The clergy and staff look forward to seeing you in 2023.