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Our Theme for December is Presence
Our Theme for December is “Presence”
In its most basic meaning, “presence” means showing up. As we enter the holiday season and our beloved tradition of the holiday pageant I invite us to ask, “Who showed up? Why did it matter?” For I believe the real meaning of the Christmas story lies in the answers. Who showed up? Well, Mary and Joseph for starters, although not voluntarily. They were forced to bow to the powers of the state. The inn keeper showed up, giving shelter to the wanderers. The shepherds, the common working men, showed up curious but apprehensive. The three kings showed up, perhaps to tell us that not all earthly power resided in Rome. And, finally, in the guise of the angels, God showed up. Why does it matter? Without even one of them it would be a very different story. We can think of the Christmas story as being about how the powerless, the working person, and the politically powerful made sense of their world in unsettled times. It is a story about recognizing blessings (a baby) in a time of great hardship (the census). It is about coming to terms with earthly power (the kings decide to go home by another way, rather than report to Rome) and trying to come to terms with powers beyond ourselves. It is an ancient story, but we tell it over and over because it is in so many ways also our story. We too are present in this story, we too can choose to show up. One way we know we are not alone in the troubles and anxieties of our own times is to reflect on the stories of those who came before. The story of Christmas is not a story of history or science, it is a story of the human spirit. It is a story of how goodness and hope keep showing up, even in dark times.
At FPC we re-tell the Christmas story every year through our holiday pageant. To see a clip of last years Pageant, look here-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK180ISlG7s All children are welcome!
This year the pageant schedule is as follows:
Dec. 4 – We will choose parts and run through the story
Dec. 11 – We will rehearse and be fitted for costumes
Dec. 18 – The pageant will be performed during the service
All rehearsals will take place during regular Sunday school times, although there may be some extra rehearsals for dancers. All children – including grandchildren and friends – are invited to participate in the pageant either as performers or helpers. We will find a part for everyone who wants one.
Holiday Workshop, Dec. 4th, After Church Jingle and glitter, pinecones and glue, candy canes and sparkles and everything festive! Come and join the Queen of Holiday Crafts (AKA Missy Schortmann) and her court of merry HIP-sters in a glorious celebration of all things holiday and all things crafty. There will be crafts for all ages and lots of yummy goodies. Come one and come all!
Mitten Tree, Dec. 4th– On December 4th during the service, we will be collecting hats, mittens and warm accessories for needy children and adults. Please bring your new or very gently used contribution to hang on our mitten tree.
Saturday, December 3rd
Our annual Holiday Fair will be held Saturday, December 3rd from 9am to 2pm at First Parish Church, Duxbury! Visit us for some seasonal shopping of handcrafted items, beautiful fresh greens and wreaths, baked goods, vintage finds and silent auction. Stay for lunch and enjoy an intimate and friendly holiday shopping experience!
A candlelight concert of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music and verse will be presented at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, by the early music trio We Minstrels 3. Guitarist Eric Johnson, woodwind player Ed Merck and spoken word performer Niki Patton specialize in the music and poetry of the troubadours and minstrels who roamed Europe and England from the 12th through the 17th centuries.
We Minstrels 3 describe their performance as “entertainment for the heart.”
A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert. $20 per person, $30 for 2 adults, $10 for teens and students, children under 12 free. All proceeds benefit the church. Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/ or at the door.