Often we wonder about the season called Advent: arenít we supposed to be getting ready for Christmas? Why canít we sing the Christmas carols? Who is the person John the Baptist, and why is the message so scary? This year we will look at Advent a bit differently, focusing on the people and songs of Advent. Come and hear Ė and speak and sing! Ė what the words have to say about John the Baptist, Joseph (and maybe a bit about David), Mary, and Jesus.
tethered to our unresolved yesterdays
The pain still stabbing; the hurt still throbbing.
Itís not that we donít know better;
Itís just that we canít stand up anymore by ourselves.
On the way to Bethlehem, will you give us a hand?Ē Ė Ann Weems
Cries of ďMerry Christmas!Ē and non-stop caroling contrast with the feelings of many people at this time of year. For those suffering from the recent or impending death of loved ones and for those whose families are in crisis, it can be a very isolated and dreary time. Come to the special Blue Christmas Service onWednesday, December 18 at 7:30. People who are not having a very merry Christmas and friends who support them are invited to sit with one another in a liturgy that speaks of the love of God for the grieving.