Donald and Melania Trump attended the Family Church-Downtown in West Palm Beach on Tuesday night, spending their Christmas Eve at the Baptist chapel.
‘Merry Christmas everyone,’ the president said when he arrived.
The first couple sat in the third row of the church, listening as church members sang Christmas carols like ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem,’ ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’
Pastor Jimmy Scroggins focused his homily on the story of Jesus.
‘There was no Secret Service. There was no motorcade. There was no gaggle of press,’ he noted of Jesus’ birth.
‘The Bible says Jesus came to be a light in our world,’ Scroggins said in his homily. He said it was their charge to share the light of Jesus.
At the conclusion of his words, the congregation lit candles and sang ‘Silent Night.’
In past years, the Trumps have attended service at Bethesda by the Sea, an Evangelical church near Mar-a-Lago, on the Christmas and Easter holidays.
The Family Church is a Baptist Church, the same faith as Rev. Jerry Falwell, who visited the Trumps at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend.
Falwell and his wife were spotted mingling with the Trumps Friday night in pictures posted on social media.
The president embraced Falwell after getting into a feud with the publishers of a prominent Evangelical Christian magazine founded by the legendary pastor Billy Graham.
Falwell defended Trump in the fallout from the feud.
The reverend went on ‘Fox and Friends’ – the president’s favorite morning show – and said he found the magazine’s remarks ‘hypocritical,’ adding it shows there is an ‘elite establishment among the religious community.’
‘I think it’s hypocritical,’ Falwell said. ‘I think it’s ironic also that Christianity Today, sort of a forgotten magazine from yesteryear, took the opportunity the week before Christmas to point out the difference between true Christianity and Pharisaical or judgmental Christianity and reminded us there is an elite establishment among the religious community just like there is in the government that’s liberal, that’s left-wing. And it’s a group that — they think they are more moral and smarter than the rest of us.’
The Trumps were greeted at the church Tuesday night by Lead Pastor Jimmy Scroggins, his wife Kristin, and their son and daughter-in-law, James and Reilly.
In addition to a variety of Christmas songs being sung, the first couple heard the story of the birth of Jesus from gospel of Luke.
Before the first couple left Mar-a-Largo, first lady Melania Trump called into NORAD’s Santa Tracker to wish children a Merry Christmas.
‘She spoke with several children from across the country and heard many of the items on their Christmas lists’. Mrs. Trump reminded the kids to put milk and cookies out for Santa, and wished each child and their families a very Merry Christmas,’ White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
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Source: Daily Mail