Easing Gently into the Holiday Season
Thanksgiving through New Year is a painful season for those who are struggling. Our culture is focused on bustling activity, consumption, sentimental self-indulgence, and fantasies of holiday happiness. Our churches — at their best — are focused on deeper levels of compassion, joy, hope, and peace. Who remembers those of us who are hurting?
Each of us will experience holidays that are hard, if we haven’t already or are not in that place now. The causes are myriad: the loss of a loved one, health issues, marital or family strife, financial hardship, unemployment, depression ….
Recognizing that this season isn’t easy for many, Pilgrim Church will ease gently into the Advent-Christmas season on Sunday, November 29, 10:00 a.m. We will “hang the greens,” but will reflect upon the scriptures and season with deep sensitivity, and sing Advent carols and hymns that acknowledge our longing for healing, peace, and hope.
If this holiday season looms for you, let this service minister to you. If you know of someone who may find this service healing and comforting, please invite them to join you; offer to pick them up, if they like — it can be easier than venturing out on one’s own when one is already feeling a burden. Together, we will ease gently into this next season.