The parishioners at St. George’s Spesutia Church were not celebrating Christmas on Sunday morning, the Rev. Bill Smith told them amid poinsettias and holiday decorations, but rather The Incarnation.
“We tell it over and over and over again for one reason: so we can become part of the story,” he said about the tale of Christmas.
But for those gathered at the Perryman church, the oldest Episcopal parish in Maryland, Sunday’s service was the end of one part of their story.
The Eucharist service is expected to be the last one to be held at St. George’s, after The Right Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, ordered an end to the parish’s services earlier this year.