Stockton Williams introduced Bert Baetz, who is the rector at St. Peter's Episcopal church. Stockton was the rector there for fifteen years, and when he retired three years ago, it was suggested his replacement be a young dynamic priest, with a family and kids who could go to St. Peter's School. That happened, and now Bert is leading the congregation.
Father Bert provided the talk with the theme  "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas". He emphasized that there are three signs that indicate the season is upon us: Lights, Gifts and a heightened awareness to help the poor.  The lighted Christmas parade and lights around town kicked off the season, and they remind us of our need for light. The story of John the Baptist pointing the way to the coming light was explained.
Giving gifts is a big part of Christmas, but we were also reminded of the need to give unconditionally, unlike the theme behind the elf on the shelf.  Giving to the poor is emphasized this time of year, and there is a parallel with the story of the prodigal son, who squandered his fortune and became destitute, but was still welcomed back to the family by his father.