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Happy Hanukkah Merry Christmas Happy Kwanzaa Blessed Ramadan


VOLUME 14 NO. 51VOLUME 14 NO. 51

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Artist Sonny Salsbury created this painting depicting snow in Sierra Madre at Christmas. His caption, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?” reflects 
the sentiments of many a child and adult alike. Salsbury is also a Grammy nominated musician who was born in Pasadena. 
He is the brother of local businesswoman Judith Brandley, owner of Leonora Moss in Sierra Madre.

A Christmas 

We are embarking on a Christmas season unlike 
any other in our lifetime. So much is different. 
In a time when we usually are festive and joyous, 
many are experiencing isolation, stress and 
anxiety. Families are staying at home, worship 
will restrained and different, and of course, many 
families will be mourning the loss of loved ones. 
But I am encouraged by glimmers of hope and joy 
here and there. I find great comfort in the music 
of this time of year. 

 The hymns and carols of Advent and Christmas 
have the ability to carry us beyond the constraints 
of time and place in ways that can join us to God’s 
plan of salvation. One such hymn is the familiar 
“O little town of Bethlehem.” First introduced 
in 1868, it was penned by Philips Brooks (1835-
1893) who later became the Episcopal Bishop of 
Massachusetts. While in the midst of the Civil 
War, Brooks spent a year travelling in England, 
Europe and the Holy Land. In 1865 he found 
himself worshipping in Bethlehem in the Church 
of the Holy Nativity on Christmas Eve. From that 
experience, we have “O little town of Bethlehem.”

One of the beauties of the hymn is that it takes 
us, wherever we are, from the here and now to 
the moment when God is offering Divine Love. 
The fact is that the here and now of December of 
2020 in Sierra Madre seems so distant from the 
Bethlehem of that blessed night. The hymn calls 
us, invites us, to place ourselves in the midst of 
God’s redeeming action of Love. We can in our 
hearts place ourselves in Bethlehem and the span 
of years falls away. The text does not diminish the 
hard reality of our own time and place, but places 
God’s action of love right smack in the middle of 
a dark night “where misery cries out.” And as we 
sing, we remember the Good News and enter into 
that Divine Love – we ask the holy Child to be 
born in us in our own here and now.

 I take comfort in the knowledge that Christmas 
of 2021 will be different from Christmas this year. 
We will be able to be together again, and we will be 
able to sing together the joyful hymns and carols 
of Christmas. Rest assured, “the hopes and fears 
of all the years” are joined in God’s love in Christ 
regardless of time and place. 

The Very Reverend Canon Michael Bamberger

Episcopal Church of the Ascension


Not even COVID-19 can dampen the Christmas spirit in Sierra Madre. Keeping socially 
distant, Santa made his rounds in the city Friday night. Some changes were definitely in 
order so the Sierra Madre Police and Fire Departments magically turned their vehicles into 
sleighs for Santa. As he toured the streets he took notes and pictures too! No more making a 
list and checking it twice....no sirree, Santa 2020 had his cell in hand as he waved to residents 
outside their homes. The only person that was noticeably absent was.....Police Chief Rod 
Armalin......hmmmm or was he?!

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