Star Giving

Good Morning!

 

Last night I spent time at the “ Angels Remembered Tree” in the Mall. This is sponsored by Hospice and is a small way to help folks through the holiday season. This can be a very difficult time of year for many people . With emphasis on family and getting together we feel the absence of those we love most keenly. Perhaps  the one we love has died; perhaps they are living in another part of the world; perhaps they are close by but estranged. Whatever the reason the reality is that there is an empty space at the table and our hearts are aching. There is no easy way to deal with this but our faith can help provide strength and peace. For those of faith this season is not about Santa Clause  and presents it is about the birth of hope and love into a dark and shadowed world. In the birth of a child we came to experience the presence of Spirit in our midst and there was a spark that glowed in the darkness. This season reminds us that the light is ours for the journey and through us it continues to grow touching humanity with its power.

 Ann Weems writes a poem called  “ Star Giving”. In it she captures what I would share with you this day.

 

Star Giving

 

What I’d really like to give you for Christmas is a star….

Brilliance in a package

Something you could keep in the pocket of your jeans

Or in the pocket of your being.

Something to take out in times of darkness,

Something that would never snuff out or tarnish,

Something your could hold in your hand,

Something for wonderment

Something for pondering

Something that would remind you of what Christmas has always meant:

God’s Advent light into the darkness of this world

But stars are only God’s for giving

And I must be content to give you words and wishes

And packages without stars

But I can wish you life

As radiant as the Star

That announced the Christ Child’s coming

And as filled with awe

As the shepherds who stood beneath its light

And I can pass on to you the love

That has been given to me,

Ignited countless times by others

Who have knelt in Bethlehem’s light.

Perhaps, if you ask, God will give you a star.

 

Blessings

Valerie

 

Reminders of the week

 

Measha Brueggergosman  Concert  Thursday night at 7:30. Please note start time as it may be different from some advertisements!

 

Handel’s Messiah  Saturday at 7pm. Tickets still available at the church office or at the door, however if you don’t have one get it now cause we might not have room for you!!!

 

Sunday Morning worship  –  1030am  White Gift ( please have your donations for the  Christmas Index in by this service)  Service to be followed by Congregational Party, complete with Santa. Congregation is asked to help provide lunch.  If your last name begins with A – N please bring sandwiches (or if you are like your minister and don’t make sandwiches bring a tray of veggies or something)  O – Z  please bring desserts!

 

Next Wednesday the 17th  – Longest Night Service  at 7pm

 

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