Worship Sunday, December 16, 10:30 am: Anticipation

Service Given by Rev. Dr. Susanne Intriligator

The holiday season calls forth so many feelings: nostalgia, joy, hope, excitement.
And also, for many of us, loneliness, loss, heartbreak, and worry.
How can we prepare for, and even welcome, the fullness and the mystery of the season?

In Early Medieval Europe, Christian leaders moved the newer holiday of Christmas to coincide with – and eventually supplant – the older pagan festival of Solstice / Yule, thereby co-opting many of the older traditions and practices. Both holidays, however, still share a theme of waiting in wonder. Both ask and try to resolve deep existential queries: Will the light return? Will we survive the season? Will a messiah come to save us? Can the world be re-made by Love? Join Rev. Susanne, Tara, and the choir to explore and celebrate Solstice and Advent, with all their complex and mysterious meanings.