“…What happens is of little significance compared with the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Events matter little, only stories of events affect us.” ― Rabih Alameddine, The Hakawati
Advent, the church season leading to Christmas, will focus on “The Stories of Christmas” at the Condon United Church of Christ. Advent begins Sunday, Nov. 29 with a Hanging of the Greens service at 10:30 a.m.
“We all have stories,” says Rev. Tim Graves, pastor of the Condon United Church of Christ. “Stories are a way of making sense of the unpredictability of human existence. The Christmas stories found in the gospels helped people to understand who this man Jesus was, according to Rev. Graves.
“We will explore the various stories and why the gospel writers contradict one another. Why, for example, does Luke tell us about shepherds and Matthew talks about the magi?” he says.
The Hanging of the Greens service this Sunday, Nov. 29 will feature Christmas hymns, scripture readings, and special music by Al Graves, Rev. Graves’ father visiting from St. Louis. By the end of the service the sanctuary will be fully decorated for the season.
Local musician Dan Robinson will provide special music for the Dec. 13 Sunday morning service. “Dan’s guitar playing is always a joy to us,” says Graves.
In addition to 10:30 a.m. Sunday services throughout December, a Longest Night Service will be held on Dec. 22 at 5:30 p.m. Sometimes called Blue Christmas, the contemplative service recognizes that this time of year is difficult for many people. The pressure to be joyful, memories of lost loved ones, or current struggles make this a difficult time of year for many, according to Graves.
A candlelight Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. The stories of Christmas will come together in what the church is calling “The Miracle Mashup” celebrating the birth of Jesus.
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