Carols, Lessons, and Candle Light
Rev. Paul Daniel
We gather as one human family to celebrate this season of Joy and Winter Cheer. Let us share stories and raise high the roof with our sounds of Gladness. We will end our service with the lighting of candles and the hymn of “Silent Night.” Please plan to enjoy informal fellowship, refreshments and song following the service.
“The Peace of the Wild Things”
By Wendell Berry
When despair grows in me
And I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound
In fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go down and lie down where the wood drake
Rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of the wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
Waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.