In Minnesota where the nights are long and the hours of daylight are short, it's good to mark the winter solstice. To remember the dark nights are limited, will come to an end, and turn to give way to more light. Slower than we'd like, perhaps, but it the amount of sunlight will increase.
Not many Christian communities celebrate the winter solstice as the festivities of the Incarnation follow quickly after. A sister community to my parish, St. Anne's, has held a simple but beautiful service for several years. Last year I was fortunate to share some songs at this beautiful service. They've invited me back this year and I hope you come. There will be different but delicious prayers, poems, and stories reflecting on the darkness.
What: A liturgy honoring the nurturing quiet and growth found in the darkness, and celebrating the return of the Light.
A contemplative service of candles, music, candles, poetry, candles, silence, candles, Scripture, candles, chanting, candles, prayer - and candles! Stay after the liturgy for cookies, cocoa, and an celebratory outdoor bonfire to welcome the return of the light. Family friendly, all are welcome.
When: Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 7 p.m.
Where: St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 2035 Charlton Road, Sunfish Lake, MN 55118
For more info, go to the Facebook event.