Our theme this month is “Giving and Receiving”. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that Faith Rocket chose this during the month when so many gift-giving traditions are taking place. And as we move into the winter of the year, when there is less light, more time indoors, it’s a natural time to also be intentionally reflective about the gifts given and received in our lives since last winter.
There’s many opportunities for you to join us in these reflections. Not only are there five Sunday mornings in December — one of which will feature our pageant about Hanukkah! — we’ve also got our Winter Solstice celebration and potluck happening, followed by a new event this year: The Longest Night Vigil. A joint effort between the worship and pastoral care teams, the Vigil will be a place where people gather to ward off the pain of loss, loneliness, and depression by being in each other’s company throughout the night.
Christmas Eve also falls on a Sunday this year. That morning we’ll have a service at the usual time, 10:30am, that will be intentionally multigenerational. The worship team will share stories and we’ll sing songs, but it won’t be Christmas-themed. That night, at 5:30pm, we will have our Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols, ending of course with our traditional candle lighting and singing of Silent Night.
Ultimately, though, whether you’re able to join us or not for any of the many things happening this month, I hope you will take some time to remember the gifts that you yourself bring into the world. Not by shopping at Amazon or Polo Park, but by being you out in the world. And I also hope that we might spend equal time receiving the gifts of others, of remembering to celebrate our family, friends, even the strangers in our lives with as much joy as we might wish for ourselves.
In gratitude and faith,