A Moonlit Path to Wonder

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Message by Rev. Michelle Scott-Huffman

I’d like to share a piece by Rev. Dr. David Breeden, entitled The Solstice Teaches Us.

The Solstices teach us
that darkness comes,
that darkness goes.

The Solstices teach us
that light comes,
that light goes.

The Solstices teach us,
calmly, silently, to be
calm, silent. Learning.

The Solstices teach us
as we circle the sun
that everything flies.

The Solstices teach us
to remember the dark,
to remember the light,
to remember time.
The seasons. And love
as we circle the sun.

Gathered Here
Congregational Round
Words and Music: Phillip A. Porter
Permission Granted
Accompanied by Eva Riebold

In the Bleak Midwinter
(In the setting of Sheep May Safely Graze by J. S. Bach)
Arr. C. Berry; Poem by Christina Rossetti
Music: Gustalf Holtz
Performed by Colleen Appel

Go Tell it on the Mountain
Congregational Hymn
Words and Music: African American Spiritual
Music arr. Paul Sjolund
Public Domain/Permission Granted
Accompanied by Eva Riebold

Our final reading is Winter Solstice by Rebecca Parker

for a moment
the typewriters will stop clicking,
the wheels stop rolling
the computers desist from computing,
and a hush will fall over the city.
For an instant, in the stillness,
the chiming of the celestial spheres will be heard
as earth hangs poised
in the crystalline darkness, and then
Let there be a season
when holiness is heard, and
the splendor of living is revealed.
Stunned to stillness by beauty
we remember who we are and why we are here.
There are inexplicable mysteries.
We are not alone.
In the universe there moves a Wild One
whose gestures alter earth’s axis
toward love.
In the immense darkness
everything spins with joy.
The cosmos enfolds us.
We are caught in a web of stars,
cradled in a swaying embrace,
rocked by the holy night,
babes of the universe.
Let this be the time
we wake to life,
like spring wakes, in the moment
of winter solstice.

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