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Locals honor their faith on Christmas Day

Posted: December 25, 2009 10:09 p.m.
Updated: December 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Six-year-old Anna Mattis and her dad, David, attend Christmas Day Mass at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Canyon Country on Friday.

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Bailey Kramer’s legs were shaking as she stood at the back of Bethlehem Lutheran Ministries church before the start of Christmas day services.

It was Kramer’s responsibility to light six candles in the front of the church on the preacher’s table.  The ritual is more complicated than it sounds and she didn’t get a chance to practice before services.

“I’m very nervous,” Kramer said.  “This is the first time I’ve done this on Christmas day service.”

The eyes of about 80 people were fixed on Kramer, 12, while she did her job — she didn’t trip, lit all the candles, sat down and listened to the sermon.

Kramer wasn’t the only nervous person at Bethlehem Lutheran on Christmas — Deacon Don Lund had been preparing and editing his sermon for months.

After years of study, classes and interviews, he officially became a Deacon in October, he said.

It was the first sermon he had ever given on Christmas.

“We’re speaking for the lord up there,” Lund said. “Tell me if you wouldn’t be a little nervous.”

Before getting more involved in the church, Lund taught pre-calculus and computer science at Hart High School for 33 years, he said.

After retiring in 2003, Lund and his wife, Dianna, wanted to get more involved in their church.   

Before the church approved him as a Deacon, Lund said he was interviewed, worked as an apprentice with the church and took ten classes that required writing essays and taking tests.

The deacon’s sermon didn’t capture the attention of every member of the congregation. Anna Mattice, 6, was busy playing with a toy dog — a gift she got from her parents on Christmas Eve.

She named the furry stuffed animal Ayesha because it’s a “pretty sounding name.”

After the church service was over, she carried her stuffed dog under her arm and showed it off to everyone within reaching distance.

Besides the occasional crying baby, the hour-long sermon went smoothly.

With her job done, Kramer changed out of her ceremonial white robe and headed home with her sister to unwrap their Christmas presents — reward for a job well done.

“We saved half our presents to unwrap after (church),” Kramer said.


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