I do hope that during this Advent Season, we are finding a time to breath and appreciate the wonder of God's creation around us.
My prayer day is this Thursday, December 10. Please let me know if you have any joys or concerns you would like me to lift up.
This coming Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, our worship service at HCCUCC will feature "The Great Mixed Up Christmas Pageant". Come for the fun and hear again the story of our Savior's birth!
Following the service, please come to our "Happy Birthday, Jesus" reception in Fellowship Hall.
After the reception, we will have our Open and Affirming event in the Sanctuary with Donna Shubrook from PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). This session is geared for parents and children, but everyone is encouraged to attend.
Our Longest Night Service service will be held on Monday, December 21st, at 7 p.m. December 21st is the longest night of the year. For many people, dark is symbolic of the harsh things of life. And, those harsh things become more evident in the light of the "shoulds" of Christmas time: we should be happy, we should be glad, we should be joyful. Well, sometimes our life is not conducive to the shoulds: we have lost a loved one, or a relationship, or a job, or whatever. We don't feel happy and glad. The Longest Night Service is a time to realize that for some, all is not goodness and light. We can come, acknowledge the darkness, but also look to the Nativity for our hope and our Light. All are welcome.
Let us pray. Keep us looking at the stars, O God, to revel in the wonder of your creation. It is all around us. May you open our eyes and our hearts to its beauty. Amen.
In Christ's love,