One of the things that bugs me about how the liturgical calendar and the secular calendar fight each other is in how EARLY the World starts celebrating Christmas, and how late the Church does. It means that by the time we theologically orthodox types are finally ready to tell the story and sing the carols, the world is packing up the LED nativity sets and making those front lawns empty and bare again. Last week we sang “All The Earth is Waiting For the Promised One,” except that Macy’s started before Halloween, and now they’re on to Valentine’s Day.
Beloved! Two opportunities to draw near to God and one another on Christmas Eve:
This may be a first: a First Church Advent Cantata without a blizzard. But it’s a tradition! What is the world coming to? Nothing says “Bethlehem, Israel” like 3 feet of snow and driving winds, right?
I won’t lie. I’m struggling this year. I don’t have a ‘good’ reason to be struggling emotionally: my family is stable, we have enough money and health. But then there is the world. Mike Brown, Eric Garner, climate change, Congress, torture reports, queer teens sleeping in church doorways with wintry mix lashing them in the face.
Were you raised in church, and kind of miss the rituals and mood-making that happens this time of year? Were you not raised in church, and wonder what all the fuss is about? We invite you to join our progressive, warm and open community for Advent and Christmas festivities this year, as we wonder together what Mother Mary meant when she said “my soul magnifies the Lord,” and as we allow God to be bigger and bigger in our own lives.