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Archives: November 2017

Nov 30, 2017 - Amy Norton

The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown; of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown! Oh the rising of the sun, and the running of the deer; The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir!

I first heard this song on an old rerun of "Rick Steve's European Christmas," playing in the background while viewers were treated to some b-roll of the British countryside in winter. Suddenly I had a favorite Christmas song...well, alongside O Come, O...

Nov 21, 2017 - Amy Norton

Every time I go to give the benediction, part of me wants to launch into the song "Sabbath Prayer" from Fiddler on the Roof. While re-watching it, I may bristle at some of the gender stereotypes that are at play when the parents ask God to send their daughters husbands, and to make them good "mothers and wives." I'm struck nonetheless by the feeling of love both given and received: the looks on their faces remind me of...

Nov 16, 2017 - Kent French

This Sunday, we step aside once more from our series on the Elements of Worship to celebrate and prepare for Thanksgiving Day.

Last Sunday, we heard a wonderfully engaging sermon about communion, and what it means to share a table with our companions (literally, "those who break bread together") and to follow Jesus into the realm of risky love. As you prepare for whatever meal you...

Nov 09, 2017 - Amy Norton

As I grew up, I slowly became aware that different types of Christians celebrated communion at varying frequencies. My Catholic and Anglican friends took communion at every service, some of my non-denominational Protestant friends only had communion a handful of times per year. My church celebrated communion on the first Sunday of the month, the same Sunday that we’d re-affirm our church covenant, which had been written by the church community some time before I was born.

I never...

Nov 02, 2017 - Kent French

"Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?" Revelation 7:13

This Sunday we are going to step aside from our Elements of Worship series to remember All Saints Day, celebrated this past Wednesday, November 1. We will also welcome once again the Boston University Trombone Choir. (If you haven't experienced them before,...