Service leader Laura McBride; sermon by Brigitte Bechtold
December is a month of stillness and nights of anticipation before magical figures appear bestowing gifts. One such figure, an ancestor of Santa Claus, is St. Nicholas who in many countries appears to children on December 6. He existed in flesh and blood, and his actual deeds were almost as miraculous as those ascribed to the St. Nicholas who appears on rooftops atop a white horse. We will find out about St. Nicholas and his relation to Kris Kringle, Santa Claus, Saturn, the god Odin, Martin Luther, and even Don Quixote. Most of all, we will recognize a message of generosity and concern for others.
As healers, our first task is to heal ourselves—through rest, spiritual practice, and self-care. Then we can use our energy to heal each other and the wider community. What healing is called for in this moment? How can each of us respond? We use the strength of this gathered spiritual community to help us move forward.
Our traditional harvest feast—gathering a hundred people and eating together—is cancelled this year. Instead, we mark the day by supporting local food pantries. In our worship service we will reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving and we will break bread together—real bread, although separated from one another in virtual space.
With the contentious election and the ongoing challenge of the coronavirus, all of us need healing in this time. Healing begins within. We will share practices of spiritual self-care to heal ourselves, holding ourselves and each other in gentle compassion.
Sally Armstrong - service leader
Guy Newland - sermon
Perhaps human life has no universal, intrinsic meaning. Yet we have a fundamental need for meaning in the face of loss, trauma, and death. The construction of meaning is a much better way to frame our lives than the pursuit of happiness. When we find meaning through community, commitment to a higher purpose, storytelling, or experiences of transcendence, we can grow—spiritually and emotionally—even in the wake of devastating trauma.
Services are lead by
Rev. Andrew Frantz unless otherwise indicated.
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