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Friday, December 15, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

 
 
 
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December 17, 10:15 a.m. -Childrens' Pageant

December 24, Christmas Eve: 10:15 a.m. Worship, 11 P.m. Candlelight Service

December 31, Lessons & Carols

 

One of my favorite songs we sing, an Advent song (though it works for any day of the year!) is entitled, “The Canticle of the Turning."

The refrain goes like this:

My heart shall sing of the day you bring.

Let the fires of your justice burn.

Wipe away all tears,

For the dawn draws near,

And the world is about to turn. 

Normally, I am quite excited by God’s promise of constant change.  There are, clearly, many things that I would like to change, including myself! But honestly, these days I feel overwhelmed by change; I am reconciling with the unsettling feeling that everything—the climate, politics, the Church, me! and my family—is changing.  And on top of that, I know Advent is coming, and so we will hear again, the foretelling of the arrival of Jesus and with Jesus we know everything will change. again. and again.

ugh. 

So, our worship team is making the loving effort this year, at Advent, to settle—to be at peace. We will try to make our church a “Home for the Holidays.”  Now, I’m not saying that our church is everyone’s home (though we can strive to be (and sometimes I feel like I do live in the building)), nor am I saying that all homes are perfect, or that everyone should long to be in their homes, or that all homes are a safe place to be because we know that is not true for everyone. We are trying to say that for this season, this year, in the midst of what can feel like massive change and effort, our church can be a place of peace. More often I think you might find me urging us all to consider the church and specifically our church as the generator or fulcrum of change (I think there is a word or two about this in the Bible), and even so, I know that a fulcrum has a locus, a point of minimal movement—even a hurricane (with which we are all to painfully familiar this year) has an “eye,” a point of sheer calm.  

May calm descend upon our church, like falling snow. May joyful, noisy, loving, pungent peace erupt in our lives this Advent season. May our church be a home for us and for us all, a gentle space for the who may not have a home, an open family space for those who may not have a loving presence of family. Welcome the coming of the Christ, God who is with us! Celebrate the one who is with us in a thousand million ways—even in ourselves. And so in a way, we can always be at home in this world.

Blessings

 Pastor Sarah