First Congregational Church

Christmas Eve Remarks

Prior to Cantata

December 24, 2010          


Home for the Holidays


The Rev. Dianne O’Connell

Interim Senior Minister

Robert Frost said, "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."  When Silas in the poem goes “home,” it’s not to his biological brother who lives just down the road, but rather to the people who through years of life struggle and disappointment, have shared those difficult times with him. Many of us in Alaska, for whatever our reasons, have built our own circle of loved ones to whom we return from time to time to share our memories, our joys, and our frustrations. We come together during the holidays to make them holy days.

As we struggle with shopping lists and greeting cards, trudging through Alaska’s wind and snow, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same trouble. Thank you, Lord.

We came this evening with our loved ones to quietly pray and to enjoy beautiful music prepared to honor the birth of our Lord.  During these past weeks of Advent, we’ve already explored what the birth of Jesus might mean for us. But tonight, we come to just be. To be with Him.  To be together.  We our honored that you have chosen to be with us.

Some folks’ family traditions include taking the children and/or other loved ones to worship on Christmas Eve – other folks do not have this custom. You, my friends, are among those of us who do.  That makes us family. We gather tonight to honor our traditions and to praise our Lord.  Amen

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