The First Church video meditation team offers three possibilities to help you celebrate this season:
Christmas Sing-Along: Beginning today, you can participate in a hearty Christmas Carol sing-along in your own space – no worries about giving or receiving the Virus! Opportunities to share the joy of singing Christmas Carols are rare this year. THIS video enables you to sing out lustily in whatever space you call home and join the voices of others:
Oh Come all ye faithful;
Joy to the world;
It came upon a midnight clear;
Away in a manger;
While shepherds watched their flock by night;
We three kings;
Hark, the herald angles sing; and Silent night --
ending with a virtual lighting of one another's candle, so have one ready.
Starting the morning of Christmas Eve, our YouTube channel will carry a virtual version of First Church’s traditional early evening service of lessons and carols. Members of our congregation who currently live well out of town read scripture, thanks to Zoom. David Felton shares thoughts and prayers. Music shares Eve Kodiak’s skills as a piano improvisational master. The carols mentioned above, augmented beautifully by 7 anthems, are thanks to Gene Faxon on the organ and piano and singers: Joan Epro, Betsy Feiker, and Janet Grant. As producer of these videos, I am grateful to all of this team.
Lullaby for Christmas Eve: Pianist and friend of First Church in Jaffrey, Eve Kodiak offers this delicious improvisation for you to savor as one part of our Christmas video ministry series.
Dec. 27th our music folks will host a special collection of selections for this season.
Each Friday the First Church video meditation team will
highlight scenes within the sanctuary, share special music, include Advent candle-lighting and thoughts for these times in this special season. Videos are available on YouTube and will also be added to this website.
Decorating the Sanctuary
Although in-building worship services are not being held, the First Church in Jaffrey's sanctuary is full of decorations celebrating Advent 2020 -- thanks to the creative hands and eyes of Ann St. Cyr, Mary Jo Marvin, Travis Shattuck, Pat Harmon and Carol Hess. Millie Vigneault's Byers' doll holiday
singers lift their voices in each of the side windows along with holly and spruce sprigs.
The Meditation Team’s sharing material comes in the wake of events that have generated personal distress for our country and in intimate insertions in our lives. The offerings of music, words, thoughts and carings you encounter this week speak to our hearts in need. They also energetically remind us we have hearts to give. Reach out, be nourished by the offerings on our YouTube channel for this weekend:
Love and Justice TOGETHER
Temperament can make merging strong emotions difficult. We are conflicted between one strong sense (anger? love?) and another (anger? love?) and values (justice? patience? listening?) SOOOO in these times, January 2021, the video/music meditation folks at The First Church in Jaffrey share material that may be useful.... listen, watch, SING ALONG, or simply absorb as you find helpful.
Circle Round the Planet
Embrace us, this world and these people! ... sing voices from the First Church in Jaffrey NH music ministry.
We shall Overcome
Fright, disappointment, disgust, desire, despair -- January 2021 is a whirly-gig of emotions! It is time to sing "We shall overcome" again and again, in its widest meanings.... Do not underestimate the message. It is not political. It is a spiritual cry for our times.
Blessings and for the many seeking, peace,
Carol B. Hess
Moderator, the First Church in Jaffrey
Rest in Peace, John Van Ness
As some of you may already have heard, after several months under hospice care, John VanNess, 90, passed away quietly in his sleep the morning of January 4. We are very saddened at the thought of his absence in our lives; we hope and pray, John, that your much-anticipated exploration of “the other side” is bringing you all the delight and wonder you had imagined.
There will be a private memorial service for the family video-recorded live at the church on Sunday; a link will be forthcoming in the next few days. It will also be posted on line and available on the church website for anyone who would like to watch later.
Rev. Ilona Kwiecien
No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
MEDITATIONS & MUSIC
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Jaffrey, NH 03452
14 Laban Ainsworth Way
Jaffrey, NH 03452
Rev. Dr. David Felton
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MEDITATIONS & MUSIC
Since the middle of Lent, First Church in Jaffrey has not been offering live Services. The church has been closed, but we have created video meditations with music weekly. You can see and hear these meditations and music by clicking on the underlined links below.
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