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Archives: December 2018

Dec 26, 2018 - Kent French

Lessons & Carols 2018 Greetings

It is a pleasure to welcome you on this Christmas Eveto the United Parish in Brookline,whether this is your first time in the dooror the place where you worship every Sundayor anything in between.

Regardless of what star you followed,what flocks you’ve been tending,what angels you heard – even if that angel was a coercive loved one guilting you into coming --what gifts you brought,

I invite you to take a breath.Just relax a second.You...

Dec 20, 2018 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones,

Advent IV is upon us again, the Sunday where we help re-tell the story of the first Christmas (which, like our pageant, was unrehearsed). We'll hear the call of the angels, follow the star to Bethlehem, pay homage to the infant Christ, and return home by another way.

One of my favorite lines in the Christmas Story is "But Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart."

In these few short days before Christmas, I invite you to do some pondering...

Dec 13, 2018 - Kent French

You probably remember that right after Mary heard from the angel Gabriel that she would be bearing the "Son of the Most High," she went hastily to tell her elder relative Elizabeth. After she arrived and greeted Elizabeth, little fetus John the Baptist leapt in Elizabeth's womb, and the older woman immediately recognized what was happening to Mary.

And then Mary breaks into a kind of poem or song, traditionally called the Magnificat (Latin for "magnifies,"...

Dec 06, 2018 - Kent French

Reminder: this weekend we have our long-anticipated production of Amahl and the Night Visitors in the Sanctuary Friday, December 7, 7pm Sunday, December 9, 4:30pmBring your friends, bring your family, bring people who need some heartwarming holy wonder.Come enjoy this beautiful story of how...