In her book "Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, 21st century" Anne Lamott writes: "...music is about as physical as it gets: your essential rhythm is your heartbeat; your essential sound, the breath. We're walking temples of noise, and when you add tender hearts to this mix, it somehow lets us meet in places we couldn't get to any other way." And so it is that tomorrow the Guilford Community Church will echo with psalms, poetry, scripture and music for Advent. Rev Sparrow offers "there is so much beautiful poetry and music written for Advent and Christmas that we have decided to give the day over to these profound delights!" The Nowell singers Tony Barrand, Fred Breunig, along with Peter Amidon, will offer a Nowell favorite from their years of touring, the choir will offer two favorite anthems and the congregation will enjoy the chance to sing advent hymns. Inspiration beyond the music will come from contemporary poetry and prophecy from the Old Testament.
As the adults dip their toes in these treasures during worship the children will continue with crafts and learning the movements and dances for next week's pageant. After church the congregation will enjoy its annual dessert potluck and anyone willing will go caroling for local neighbors and loved ones in nursing homes.
Next Sunday, December 18, is the Annual Pageant replete with angels shepherds and unexpected delights. Christmas is celebrated Christmas Eve, December 24, at 4 and 11pm. Everyone is welcome.