St. James
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Pastor's Message
Each year the worship committee starts planning for the Advent and Christmas season in
October or early November. In the Advent season of preparing, a season that we prepare for
the coming of Jesus Christ, your worship committee has been preparing for weeks already.

One of the discussions we had at our worship meeting was about the Chrismons that hang on
our Christmas tree. Each year we hang the Chrismons on the tree but do we know much about
them. Why do we put these simple symbols on our trees at church?

The Collins Dictionary describes Chrismons as “the monogram and symbol of Christ's name, also
known as chi-rho, derived from the initial two letters of the word Christ in Greek”.

Ornaments made from Christian symbols (or Chrismons, a contraction for 'Christ monograms')
were first developed by Frances Spencer and the women of the Ascension Lutheran Church in
Danville, VA. They are simple white with gold accents to remind us that the king is coming.

This advent season we will spend some time discovering what those symbols mean.

We prepare together for the arrival of Christ this Advent season. On Christmas Eve we
anticipate the birth of our savior. Oh Come Let Us Adore Him!!

Pastor Bonnie
December 2017