Dear Church Community,
As we prepare for Christmas 2021, we find ourselves, yet again, amidst a surge of the Coronavirus. Fortunately, we have almost two years’ experience offering worship, programming, and fellowship online. Thus, no matter what the Covid situation this winter, our congregation will continue to connect with, love, and support one another. Remember, as much as we enjoy our building, it’s not the church. We are!
Holiday Services: After much deliberation, we’ve decided to hold our Christmas Eve Service online only. Please join us at 7:30 pm for a beautiful, traditional Lessons and Carols Service that includes a homily about “Peace on Earth, Good Will to All.” In short, how on earth, in this time and place, do we create peace? On December 26 and January 2 our worship services will continue online-only as we assess the post-holiday public health situation. We’ll keep you informed!
Christmas Day Zoom: Last year, we offered an online Christmas Day gathering for those who would like to connect virtually with others. This year, we’ll do the same! All are invited to participate in an online holiday gathering from 3-4 pm with other congregation members and friends. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link.
Thank you, Dorothy! Last Sunday the choir concluded our Poetry, Lessons, and Carols service with a heartfelt rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. It was a wonderful piece for Dorothy Mora to conduct as her last choral anthem, and we celebrated her many years as Music Director with flowers, chocolate, and applause.
I wish you all the blessings of Christmas and share this poem from last Sunday’s service as my gift:
Nativity by Kenneth Steven
When the miracle happened it was not
with bright light or fire —
but a farm door with the thick smell of sheep
and a wind tugging at the shutters.
There was no sign the world had changed for ever
or that God had taken place;
just a child crying softly in a corner,
and the door open, for those who came to find.
Wishing you and yours both Comfort and Joy,