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  • Invitation to the Service of Light

    Thursday, December 22 at 7:00 PM, Sanctuary

    Ring the bell that still can ring

    The Service of Light is a way our church family remembers those who experience a loss of joy this holiday season. Blessed are those who are lonely, grieve the loss of a loved one, experience a health crisis or financial insecurity. We welcome you.

    Forget the perfect offering

    The Service of light was first held in 2001, a response to our collective mourning in the wake of 9/11. Since then, church members, neighbors and friends come for a given year or return yearly to find a still point in the midst of the seasonal rush or to remember. This year it may be a personal challenge, family grief or community tragedy that calls you forth to light a candle.

    There is a crack, a crack in everything

    In this season of the longest night when the heart is heavy with fear, emotional pain, broken dreams, change and transitions, connecting with the season’s message may be difficult. Yet, on reflection we are reminded that struggle and bewilderment were not foreign to Joseph and Mary on their journey. Jesus himself was no stranger to being an outsider, displaced, a refugee.

    That’s how the light gets in.*

    Designed to move from darkness to hope, the music, readings and candle lighting in the warmth of community open us to God’s quiet presence. We pray that our lives will be graced with the true gifts of the season, a peace which surpasses all understanding; Love Divine and encouragement that sustain though the longest night.

    The service is open to the wider community. Rides are available upon request by calling 781 729-9180, ext. 106.

    —Kathleen Zagata, Health Minister

    *Quote by Leonard Cohen