The Pilgrim - December 18, 2016
Sunday Celebration Notes
Celebrating God's Love Every Sunday at 10 am
Dear Friends and Members of First Church,
The most wonderful time of the year has come to the historic corner of Third and Cedar!
The five Christmas trees are covered in white and gold ornaments, and lovely handcrafted hearts are looped on the pews … Our landmark building rings with music rehearsals by local students, our bell ringers and choirs, and the cast of the children’s Christmas Eve pageant … The Board of Social Justice and Outreach holds their annual Fair Trade Gift shop, while preparing candles and placards for our Advent Vigil against Gun Violence … Small groups gather in Booth Chapel and Sacred Space to learn, discuss, and grow in spirit and mind … The Corner of Arts and Justice hums with activity.
This season has been challenging for many; the traditional words of Advent - Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy - may seem fragile in the face of injustice and intolerance. But remember that these words lead us to the deep heart of human life, where we decide that the long shadows of winter will not last forever, and that the light of a star of Bethlehem is more visible against the velvet darkness of the compelling night.
For … Hope reminds us that no lie is too smart to live forever,
Peace calls us to speak truth to power,
Joy sings to us that no injustice is too big to fail,
And Love teaches us that no prejudice is so convincing that it cannot be
overwhelmed by God’s love for all humanity.
Peace and blessings,
The Rev, Elena Larssen