Having recently preached about pain and led an Advent retreat which explored “the dark,” I’m going to switch gears and look toward the Light! I am buoyed by the recent election in Alabama and grateful to our brothers and sisters of color in that state. If you’re in need of more support for the Advent dark, I encourage you to read David Finnegan-Hosey’s post in Teer Hardy’s blog, Dangers of Christmas: The Longest Night.
Christmas Pageant: This Sunday we’ll hold our beloved annual Nativity Pageant. Derry Allen will return with the Star of Bethlehem, and there will be angels, shepherds, sheep, wise men, a holy family, and, of course, the bad guys, Herod and Caesar! Our pageant takes place as part of the regular Sunday morning worship service, making it a wonderful event for all ages. Participating children and their families are asked to arrive by 9:45 amfor costuming and rehearsal, and friends are welcome— every child can play a part!
Christmas Eve: This year Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, which means we’ll hold both a morning service (Poetry, Lessons and Carols) and an evening service (Fireside Christmas Eve). The two services are quite different, so I encourage you to attend both.
Honoring Advent: Some of you let me know you enjoyed the links I shared a couple of weeks ago, so I decided to share them again in my effort to provide as many resources as possible for a meaningful holiday. I especially recommend The Advent Door.
- Kindness Advent Calendar
- Advent and Depression
- Simple Advent
- Simple Christmas
- Simple Holidays
- Gifts of Comfort and Joy
Celebrating the Light: One week from today, the northern hemisphere of the earth, which has been growing darker and darker, will experience the longest, darkest night. But once the Winter Solstice has past, the earth will turn inexorably toward the light. Just in time for Christmas! So, let’s take this to heart, put it into practice, and share the light. As Jan Richardson writes: It matters that we hold the light for one another. It matters that we bear witness to the Light that holds us all, that we testify to this Light that shines its infinite love and mercy on us across oceans, across borders, across time.
I encourage you, also, to read her beautiful poem, Blessed Are You Who Bear the Light.
May we each be light bearers, as we await the Light,
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS CALENDAR:
Christmas Pageant, 12/17—This will be a service for all ages to enjoy. If your child or youth would like to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s a role for everyone!
Poetry Hour, 12/17—Join us from 4-5 pm in the church parlor and bring one or two poems on the theme of Love and Joy to read (with 8 copies to share). Friends are welcome! Questions? email@example.com.
Christmas Eve Poetry, Lessons & Carols Service, 12/24—This will be a joyful morning service of poetry, scripture and song. There will be no Sunday School, but children of all ages are welcome.
Fireside Christmas Eve Service, 12/24—Join us in the Parlor at 7:30 pm for a cozy fireside service of traditional Lessons and Carols. Invite your Friends and Family!
New Year’s Eve Service, 12/31—We’ll gather in the Parlor at 10:30 am for an Auld Lang Syne Service, remembering things past and looking toward what’s to come. There will be no Sunday School, but children are welcome and the Nursery will be open.