Heart & Mind - Dr. Lou Yock - December 2017
Heart and Mind - December 2017
The season of Solstice and Christmas and the New Year is upon us, and it’s hard to believe how quickly it comes. This year in our seasonal observances, we are fortunate to have the talents of our musicians and our choir featured.
First up will be our intergenerational Solstice Service on December 17th. This will be a new experience for us as the service we are following is written as a participatory concert. Harkening to and incorporating ancient solstice stories, it is both a scientific and poetic celebration of the season and our human history. There is much new music that the choir is learning, as well as members practicing solos, duets, and trios. Members of the congregation will also be asked to participate with easily picked-up music, a familiar song, recitation, and in the passing of light with candles. If it goes well, this might become a staple in our seasonal repertoire. In other congregations, it became an anticipated event that continued to grow through the years. I encourage everyone to attend, and if you have children and plan to attend, please let Thomas Trahey know, as there are some special roles for the children in our version of the service.
On Sunday, December 24th, we will celebrate with our traditional Christmas Eve service at our regular 11AM time. With the reading of Scripture and the singing of the familiar Christmas carols, we tell the story of the birth of Jesus. Because it is during our regular service, we are fortunate to have the choir, again, help us with our singing of the carols. And, I’ve heard that a brass quartet that we especially enjoy hearing will be attending and providing music.
As the year draws to a close, I wish to thank everyone who has contributed of their time and talents to the workings of our little church. This year there were many invitations to volunteer for tasks in the church and community, and the response of friends and members was exceptional and positive. In our way, in times that are occasionally dark, our efforts bring encouragement to one another and good will to our neighbors. In the New Year I wish everyone, both near and in warmer climes, happiness and contentment. And I look forward to all the good things that we will be doing together in 2018.