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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.
Sunday, December 11th
“Holy Ground” — J.D. Salinger said “All we do our whole lives is go from one little piece of Holy Ground to the next.” Catherine will be joined by our Sabbatical Minister Rev. Jill Cowie as we reflect upon what claiming/finding holy ground feels like, looks like, dreams like. Join us in this special service to welcome Rev. Cowie. This will be Catherine’s last regular sermon before she goes on sabbatical.
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.