Come, thankful people!
That’s the old hymn of Thanksgiving time, but it’s a message for us all. What if we were liberated to journey the whole holiday season as thankful people?
We would come to services thankful for the chance to celebrate, centering our hearts and minds.
We would feast at Christmas Dinner with gratitude for our church community.
We would bring Gifts to the Manger, thankful for the chance to be part of the lives of our DAYS families and neighbors.
We would hear our Children’s Pageant and Annual Festival of Music Sunday, wrap gifts, share cookies and wassail…filled with thankfulness.
The flash of the cultural, commercial Christmas can put people on a sugar high of hectic jollity. But at First Church, we are liberated to celebrate with peaceful, thankful hearts.
Camino de Liberacion is our theme for this Advent 2019: Path of Liberation. Drawing on musical treasures from Spanish-language Christmas traditions, our Advent at First Church will focus on Mary and the Angels. For the path of liberation that Mary walked was guided by angelic inspiration, and her liberation is still a gift to us today.
Come, travel this path of liberation with thankfulness and joy together.
The Rev. Elena Larssen, Senior Minister