Journey to Bethlehem
A pilgrimage is a journey of reflection and searching for a new or expanded meaning and purpose to our lives. The story of Christmas is full of pilgrimages. Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem, The shepherds leave their flocks in search of the good news lying in a manger. The magi follow the direction set by a shining star’s light. During this Advent and Christmas when our usual practices of gathering together are disrupted, we are reviving the tradition of Pilgrimage Worship and exploring what we mean when we say our “Faith is a Journey.”
Advent Pilgrimage at Only Sunshine Farm
December 6 to 24
Mowed through a field at the home of David and Laura Skaggs, this labyrinth is a little longer than a half mile walk to a manger shed. Visit prayer stations along the way and reflect on your life in relation to Mary and Joseph’s journey. No signing up in advance. Simply park in the Skaggs’ driveway to come and go any time from morning light to evening dusk, any day of the week starting Sunday, December 6 and continuing to Christmas Eve. Wear sturdy shoes as well as your mask and please maintain physical distances. 7428 N 73rd Street, Niwot, near the intersection of Niwot Road and Route 119.
The Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 20 at 10:30 a.m. on YouTube
Our traditional children’s Christmas Pageant will look a bit different this year since we will be recording it on Zoom. Still filled with Angels, Shepherds, Magi and Camels, with our middle school youth narrating, it promises to be a sweet Christmas treat on the Fourth Sunday of Advent.
Community Homeless Persons Memorial Service at Central Park
Sunday, December 20, 2 p.m.
Boulder Bridge House, local faith communities, and our homeless neighbors will gather at to remember members of our homeless community who have died in 2020. Come hear poetry, music, and short reflections at the Boulder Bandshell (corner of Broadway and Canyon).
Blue Christmas Prayer Service
Sunday, December 20, 5 p.m. on YouTube
On this evening just before the the Winter Solstice, the Longest Night, we will pause to hold in prayer our losses and our grief – to remember the deaths of loved ones near and far, the millions sick and dying in the pandemic, our country’s renewed reckoning with racism, the looming sense of uncertainty and insecurity, and the loss of familiar rhythms and rituals. We will light four candles for Advent, share a spoken Litany of Losses, and a light a fifth candle as a prayer of Longing for More Light.
Christmas Eve Outdoor Candlelight at the Church
December 24, 4 pm, 5 pm, and 6 pm
Come to the Pine Street side of the Church for a brief Outdoor Prayer Service to hear the Christmas story read from the Gospel of Luke, to Light Candles, and to softly sing or hum Silent Night from behind our masks. Bring a candle or lantern from home or pick up a candle or glowstick from the ushers when you arrive. There is no advance registration for these services. Wear your mask and please be mindful of maintaining physical distances from other folks as you wish them a Very Merry Christmas!
Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols
December 24 at 7:30 pm on YouTube
Find a candle to light and join us for worship as we tell again the story of our God who has come to be with us at Christmas, and enjoy the music of the season with choir, organ, and bells, and carol singing. The service culminates with the singing of Silent Night and lighting candles at home.