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Join us for these special services and events during the Christmas Season
The Second Sunday in Advent, December 9 at 10:30AM in the sanctuary
Some legends refer to holly as the tree from which the cross was made. Its sharp leaves remind us of the crown of thorns and its bright red berries are the color of blood. In art, John the Baptist is often depicted carrying a staff of holly to foretell the way Jesus was to die. In Luke 1, we hear the announcement of the birth of John the Baptist who would lead people back to the of the Jordan to prepare the way of the Lord.
"Victorian Christmas" December 9 at 4PM in the sanctuary
On Sunday evening, December 9th enter a candlelit sanctuary, hung with garland and decorated with lighted trees. Sit side by side with those in period costumes and enjoy 45 minutes of favorite music and Christmas readings. In additional to listening to wonderful instrumentalists, we will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott with a reading from one of the Christmas scenes in this classic novel set just down the road in Concord in the 1800's. Join in singing some favorite carols with sound of the same triumphant organ pipes that would have filled the space over 140 years ago.
Experience again the beauty and joy and warmth of the holiday season the way it used to be. Step out of the hustle and bustle, and step back to a time when the First Congregational Church was brand new - 1875.
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Gun Violence Prevention Vigil and Community Forum - Wednesday, December 12th at 6:30 PM
on the FCC front porch
The vigil will be followed by a forum on the impact of gun violence on mental health stigma with Representative Linsky Each December we remember those lives lost to gun violence in our country and call for common sense gun legislation to reduce the harm to our communities and to reverse the growing gun violence epidemic in this country. Join us on the Front Porch for a candlelight vigil in honor of the lives lost to gun violence.
Following the brief outdoor vigil, we will move inside for a discussion of the impact of gun violence on the stigma associated with mental health challenges and to hear for Representative David Linsky about Extreme Risk Protective Orders.
Mass shootings represent only a small percentage of the victims of firearms. So many more innocent lives are lost to suicide, domestic violence, accidental shootings and simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In these challenging times, your witness is needed!
The third Sunday in Advent, December 16 at 10:30AM in the sanctuary
Ivy has long been a symbol of fidelity and devotion because it clings for support as it grows. In the carol The Holly and the Ivy, the ivy was considered to be a symbol of Mary, while the Holly with its red berries and sharp leaves points to Christ. In Luke 1, the story will continue with the great song of Mary as she traveled to to visit her cousin Elizabeth.
Interfaith Opioid Vigil, remembering lives lost to addiction, Sunday, December 16th, 7:00 PM in the sanctuary
The prescription painkiller and heroin crisis is upon us and having a devastating effect on young Natick residents and their families. While the holiday season can be a time of great joy, it can also be a difficult time of the year for those who have lost loved ones to overdose or those who struggle with addiction and those who love them. On December 16th, the Natick community will gather again to remember those we have lost and raise awareness about addiction in MetroWest. The evening will include music, testimony, inspirational speaking and interfaith prayer, as well as an invitation to future action. Light refreshments will be served following the vigil
The fourth Sunday in Advent December 23rd at 10:30 AM in the sanctuary
Evergreen whose needle-like leaves point to heaven will usher us into the final days of Advent. Because they remain green even as the seasons change, the evergreen is a symbol of eternity. The green color connects us to the story of the garden of Eden and the gift of creation. It also celebrates the promise of life and hope and healing. On the final Sunday of Advent, the story will once more turn to the heavenly host as they head out on a mission to find those shepherds out in the “fields” keeping watch over their flocks by night. The Christmas pageant, “An Unexpected Christmas” offers a message for all ages and stages and invites the inner child in each of us to delight in the stories and songs of the season.
Christmas Eve Worship - A Service of Carols and Candles - December 24 at 7 PM in the sanctuary
We turn back the clock and listen again for the decree that came from Caesar Augustus, and angel songs in the night sky and the clip-clop of the donkey as a young couple made their way through the crowded streets of Bethlehem. With the carols of the season and special music of choir and instrumentalists and soloists, we will retell the story of the night that the stars sang.
The service is designed for all ages because on Christmas Eve, the child in each of us comes alive with memories of Christmas past and expectation of the Christmas to come. As this hour-long service comes to a close, once again in the darkened sanctuary the light will spread from the Christ light on our Advent wreath to illumine the faces and the hearts of everyone in the pews as we join in the hushed verses of “Silent Night.” Surrounded by the evergreen, circled by lights, we will welcome the Light of Christ, and discover that it is never too late to prepare him room.
Special New Year’s Brunch Sunday, December 30th at 10:30 AM in the vestry
On the Sunday before New Year’s Day, instead of gathering for worship in the sanctuary, we come together – young and old – to worship as they did in the early church over a common meal together. We will fill the vestry with songs and stories and lots of food and laughter. We will give thanks for all the gifts of the year that is ending and listen for God’s great good news for a new year. We will share the story of bread blessed and broken that still has the power all these centuries later to make us one. We will have the chance to make new friends and catch up with old ones.