May the Spirit of Christmas live in your heart, today and always. ~ unknown
Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it — and for those like me who choose to celebrate this time of year with quiet solitude and of my own design, I am inspired to meet others who have the courage to celebrate the holidays in their own unique way!!!
Last night I was invited to the Christmas Eve @ Trinity Church, in the Telfair Square, Savannah, GA. I took the opportunity to say yes to be spontaneous and off I went to the “Blue Christmas’ concert.
Trinity is one of the oldest churches in Savannah’s Historic District so I was expecting to go to a beautiful church and hear traditional Christmas Carols. AND IT GOT A PLEASANT SURPRISE!!!
Trinity’s Blue Christmas celebration used the form of Christian worship (especially the traditional Service of the Nine Lessons & Carols) and popular music from 1960s, 70s, and 80s to set the tone. The service was non-traditional and is decidedly non-liturgical! This is the 3rd year they shared this type of service with no pretension or apologies. While this is not the only way the worship – it is one of the ways in which they seek to embrace the mystery of the center of the universe.
Special thanks to Enoch Hendry, the pastor of the church for sharing Christmas Magic Passion Love!!
The evening consisted of 14 “recorded songs’ being played in the sanctuary with everyone sitting in the pews. They lit candles at the end — I loved it!! I’ve always enjoyed “listening parties!” and in a church it was wonderfully special. Here’s a few of them!!
#1 – everybody say cheese “Hallelujah” by kd lang
#2 – we’re all in this together “World Turing” by lea kottke
#3 – life is a mystery! “souvenirs” by john prine
#4 – choices have consequences “river” by joni mitchell
#5 – that’s life! “blue christmas” by elvis
#6 – even so, its worth it “for a dancer” by linda ronstadt & emmy lou harris
#7 – there are (still) signs and wonders “star of bethlehem” by neil young
#8 – you are not alone “the weight” the band
#9 – the world would go on “mother & child” by paul simon