FCS-Ian commented that he's struck by how short a story it is that we stretch into movies and all.
Ellie said we haven't heard about the 3 kings. I said that's in Matthew. (Hi, I just recently read Borg and Crossan's The First Christmas.) At the same time, Billy said: "Society always comes late." I really liked that -- and linked it to the Micah passage, about making those who were cast off into a strong nation.
Ian commented on how reading the Old Testament passages reminds him that while we wait 4 weeks for Christmas, people had been waiting for millennia. (We pointed out that the Jews are still waiting.)
After service, Ellie thanked Ian (and us) for this Advent service -- as she doesn't think they'll make it tomorrow.
Thursday morning prayer starts back up again next week.
We talked about how doing daily morning prayer helps Christmas/Easter feel more special, because you've been preparing.
Ellie said Easter's early this year, that Ash Wednesday is like the first or second week of February.
I commented that Tiffany's last Sunday is February 14 and wouldn't it be appropriate if we began Lent right after.
Checking, I found that Google Calendar's "Christian Holidays" have: St. Valentine's Day (and US Holiday: Valentine's Day), Mardi Gras, Annunciation (March 25), Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter (also a US Holiday) ... but no Ash Wednesday (or Maundy Thursday -- which falls on US Holiday: April Fool's Day). [I'm pleased that Passover runs through Holy Week -- Tuesday through Tuesday.]
I have now put FCS morning prayer on my Google calendar for the entirety of 2010.
And Molly's having Diesel office hours next Wednesday, so I can go ('cause I'm on vacation).
Dear Beloved Church,Keith's away, so Laura Ruth emailed me asking if I would help, which, of course. Before service she thanked me for being so dependable, and having an open heart. I said it's largely that I'm a control freak and I know that if I do it then it'll get done right -- "but I'll accept your more charitable interpretation O:-) "
Tonight at Rest and Bread, we celebrate love. Tonight we cast out fear so that love may enter our cosmos. Our service of prayer and communion begins at 6:30. Music for meditation at 6:15.
After, we'll decorate the sanctuary, to prepare a place for love.
We'll be glad to see you.
We sang "Away in a Manger," and when Laura Ruth told me that before service, I said that I don't like that hymn but that if that's what she wanted to sing I would sing it. She thanked me.
The Sacred Text was Luke 2:1-7.
Afterward, I ate lots of the leftover Communion and stayed and helped set up the sanctuary for Christmas Eve service.