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December 2018

posted Jan 4, 2019, 10:15 AM by Lee Church
Dearest Friends in Christ,

The season of Advent is upon us, carols are being played in every public space that you visit, and the frenzy of Christmas preparations is pulling us in.  The activities of the season are in full swing, with the delicious aromas of gingerbread baking in preparation for the construction of edible crèches, the placing of the characters and the stable for the Living Nativity, and the beautiful decorations in the sanctuary.  We are getting ready – practicing, polishing and preparing to celebrate the birth of the Christ child.

Advent and Christmas worship will revolve around the 200th anniversary of the debut of “Silent Night.”  This poignant carol represents the totality of the Christmas experience for many of us.  I have no memory of the first time that I heard this sung, for I am certain that I was an infant.  But I have vivid memories of standing with my family during Catholic mass on Christmas mornings singing with the rest of the congregation during the years of my youth, and of standing with my own family in later years with tears that prevented me from singing, but which sprang from my deep well of longing for those who were missing from my side.

As with most music, “Silent Night” tells a story – a story of wonder and awe, of hope and promise, of joy and peace.  It represents Christmas and the miracle of Christmas with melody and verses that touch hearts and turn them toward the source of all goodness and grace, the source of all that is holy, the source of all that is.  We will celebrate that during the weeks of Advent, and throughout all the weeks that follow.

May God continue to bless us all in this season of hope and peace,
Pastor Gail

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