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Advent Blog: What Child Is This

Advent Blog: What Child Is This

“​What Child Is This” Friday, December 22  Mark Morgan, Director of Music  Who knew a cartoon could have such impact? Vince Guaraldi’s music for the Charlie Brown Christmas​ is unique, amazing, and this is our River Rock Band’s hat tip to him. Click to listen to What Child Is This!
Advent Blog: Hold Fast

Advent Blog: Hold Fast

“Hold Fast” Thursday, December 21 Emelia Attridge, Congregational Care Coordinator  As Christmas draws near, we consider the dreams of hope, peace, joy, and soon, love, which we meditate on in this season of Advent. Dreams are where are yearning and imagination meet. Dreams occur when we take a hope and give it vision. At the beginning of the month, I went on a trip to D.C. with a class focusing on the History of the Christian Bible. We visited the National Museum of the American...
Advent Blog: Advent River, Christmas Falls

Advent Blog: Advent River, Christmas Falls

“Advent River, Christmas Falls” Tuesday, December 19 Rev. Dr. Paul Shupe, Senior Minister  For most of its twisty length, the Presumpscot River in southern Maine is flat and calm.  It’s popular for canoes and kayaks.  Swimmers can go upstream without much more effort than it takes to go down.  It’s a lazy stream.  Sit on its banks and watch a stick or leaf float by and you’ve been entertained for many minutes.  It’s all headed for the Atlantic Ocean, of course, but it’s in no...
Advent Blog: Tallodh criosh

Advent Blog: Tallodh criosh

“Tallodh criosh” Friday, December 15 Mark Morgan, Director of Music  Music for a cold winter’s night by the fire. Our River Rock Band live with Matt and Shannon Heaton at a Celtic Christmas. Click to listen to Tallodh criosh!
Advent Blog: Christmas Will Come

Advent Blog: Christmas Will Come

“Christmas Will Come” Thursday, December 14 David C. Clark, Minister of Children and Families  Advent is our season of attention and anticipation. It is a time when we acknowledge that not only is God going to show up in the world, but that it will happen at the most unlikely time under the most unlikely circumstances. Therefore, as it was read in worship, we are to keep awake and keep our senses keenly focused on what is happening around us. For me over the last three...
Advent Blog: The Peace of Not Being Able to Control Everything

Advent Blog: The Peace of Not Being Able to Control Everything

“The Peace of Not Being Able to Control Everything” Wednesday, December 13 Rev. Barbara Callaghan, Minister  And the peace of God, that surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 I’m afraid I cannot say this without saying it bluntly. Increasingly I believe that our ability to find a deeper, abiding peace, is directly proportional to how well we can come to terms with the fact that we will die, and that we have no idea how, when or...
Advent Blog: December Blessing

Advent Blog: December Blessing

“December Blessing” Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Emelia Attridge, Congregational Care Coordinator    John O’Donahue has a “Blessing for the Senses” in his book Anam Cara. In the spirit of Celtic Christmas this Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5:00 pm in Clark Hall, I’ve decided to write my own blessing inspired by O’Donahue’s writing. You can read the original “Blessing for the Senses” below.   “December Blessing” Bless the humming, the stirring, the watching. Bless our Advent journeys as they wander, entwine, and encircle. This blessing is for cold, crisp air that...
Advent Blog: All Along the Watchtower

Advent Blog: All Along the Watchtower

“All Along the Watchtower” December 11, 2017 Rev. Dr. Paul Shupe, Senior Minister  On Saturday after Thanksgiving, a lovely autumn day in Massachusetts, I had occasion to be in one of the lovely spots on earth: Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. Thanks to a tip from my son Sam, we climbed to the spiral stairs to the top of the granite Washington Tower. When you emerge from the dark staircase, the whole city of Boston is available for your eyes. One can see the Bunker...
Advent Blog: Unconditional Love

Advent Blog: Unconditional Love

“Unconditional Love” Friday, December 8 Marilyn Becker, Associate Director of Music & Organist  In August my family traveled to Houston to await the birth of our first grandchild. We came to witness and support the formation of a new family, full of love for this baby that no one had met. There were months of preparation, physical and mental; waiting, watching, wondering, worrying. The baby arrived amid floods, winds, and tornadoes. Not in the cozy birth center, but in a big hospital, delivered by strangers. But...
Advent blog: Christmas Joy

Advent blog: Christmas Joy

“Christmas Joy” Thursday, December 7  Andrew Harris, Student Minister  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1i39efTMKw This is what we think joy looks like. And, don’t get me wrong, what you see in that video is true unbridled joy. In all our Christmas movies and Christmas commercials, we’re shown that joy is this screaming, giggling, bubbling, bursting explosion that immediately follows the sounds of ripping wrapping paper. And sometimes it is. But there is another kind of joy that doesn’t translate so well to a 30-second spot that airs during halftime....