The season of advent asks us to slow down, to linger in silence, and to prepare our hearts for the coming of God. But too often we get sucked into busyness and the bustle of the quest to make everything perfect for this year's Christmas celebration. In the midst of all the jam packed calendars and endless to do lists, we invite you to press pause and join us for this year's Winter Solstice Taizé Service on December 20 at 7 p.m. as we surround ourselves with candle light, music, prayers, the Word of God, the communion of saints, silence, and the ever abiding presence of God.
If you aren't able to join us, we offer you the blessing below from Jan Richardson:
Blessing for the Longest Night All throughout these months as the shadows have lengthened, this blessing has been gathering itself, making ready, preparing for this night. It has practiced walking in the dark, traveling with its eyes closed, feeling its way by memory by touch by the pull of the moon even as it wanes. So believe me when I tell you this blessing will reach you even if you have not light enough to read it; it will find you even though you cannot see it coming. You will know the moment of its arriving by your release of the breath you have held so long; a loosening of the clenching in your hands, of the clutch around your heart; a thinning of the darkness that had drawn itself around you. This blessing does not mean to take the night away but it knows its hidden roads, knows the resting spots along the path, knows what it means to travel in the company of a friend. So when this blessing comes, take its hand. Get up. Set out on the road you cannot see. This is the night when you can trust that any direction you go, you will be walking toward the dawn. —Jan Richardson from The Cure for Sorrow