Come away from the Christmas clutter and left-overs and celebrate the First Sunday after Christmas at Second Congregational Church, UCC. Sunday morning worship begins at 10 o’clock, as we sing carols and celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism. The Gospel Singers will sing “Born in the Night, Mary’s Child,” and we’ll immerse ourselves in the Word in Music, singing favorite carols of the season. No Godly Play this morning, as all are invited to worship and sing. A time of fellowship and refreshment follows in Webster Hall.

On Sunday morning December 20, we lit the fourth Advent candle, the Candle of Love. The Gospel Singers sang, “Mary, Mary” by Avery and Marsh. The “No-rehearsal Christmas Pageant” had the old, old story told in rhyme, with volunteers from the congregation spontaneously getting up and getting costumed quickly …as shepherds, angels, animals, and Marys and Josephs! The impromptu casting had youth leader and bell choir director as sheep, pastor as one of three angels, and a very young wise king asking Joseph why she was wearing a beard. Christmas carols sung by all the congregation provided the music for the pageant. The service ended as we sang “Happy Birthday” to Jesus, and a sandwich lunch, complete with birthday cake, followed in Webster Hall. Carollers left from the church at 12:30 to visit our home-bound members.

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