Joy on Pink Sunday
(Posted December 8, 2021)
This coming Third Advent Sunday is also known as our “Pink Sunday,” the Sunday of Joy because we’re drawing nearer to Christmas.
In our congregation we will especially celebrate what would be the 100th birthday of our beloved Dorothy Johnson, who for decades as Church Administrator, kept our congregation’s “trains on the track.” (More about Dorothy on Sunday.)
Church Services on Sunday
In-Person Service begins at 10 a.m. Facemasks are optional if you are fully vaccinated.
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In fact, joy can take many forms, including remembering. My gifted colleague Reverend Maren Tirabassi took time this week to remind us that even clergy shouldn’t try to define for others the difference between joy and happiness. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter, as long as we generate a smile in others.
I’m sharing a poem from Maren Tirabassi. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if a few beautiful “ugly sweaters” show up. Blessings to you all.
Celebrate the Sunday of Happiness
How many sermons have I preached
seriously suggesting that
“happiness,” is not “joy,”
but only a trivialized replacemen
tfor the true depths of Advent?
Who am I to decide between them,
and avoid giving
little happy times to people?
one happy moment might define
the joy of a whole season.
Get the tabletop tree
and put it in the dining room
where more people see it.
Do the mitten drive (it’s not a manger
and it is also not rent)
but some folks need warm fingers
to recognize the manger
already in their lives.
Buy the silly toy
which may be remembered longer.
Send a paper card. Make a phone call,
especially after a loss.
Go caroling in assisted living facility,
correctional institution, border shelter,
where the unhoused gather
(Avoid ‘I’ll be home…’ ‘There’s no place…’)
Put on a mask; no one expects you
to be a herald angel.
Wear the holiday sweater –
it’s not ugly if one person smiles. – Rev. Maren Tirabassi