On December 24, 2011, I did something I don’t always do on Christmas Eve.
I went to church.
More than that, I led worship at the First Unitarian Church of Norton – the first public worship we have had since the re-start began. It was an amazing experience – not just to be leading worship again, but to see this community literally grow and begin to take shape on a beautiful Christmas Eve.
Several people have asked “How many were there? Were there more than ten? ” There were in fact, more than ten…..our final head count came in at seventy-eight. It was a fun group of people – a warm and welcoming group, which I believe will continue to grow because of our warmth and welcoming. People were so happy to be there!
It was an amazing thing, to be leading worship for a congregation that has such a history and yet is so entirely new. We learned some important things about our historic building – for example, that the current electrical circuits cannot carry both lights and a coffee pot simultaneously on the same breaker – and that the church decorates beautifully for Christmas. We also learned that the creation of community is magical.
Our next worship will be January 29. We will be having monthly services for January and February, and see where we are in March in terms of our goals and needs for our growing community.
Someone said to me several months ago “This re-start is just a giant experiment, you know. But so are all churches, and communities, and societies of people. So just enjoy the science of it all.”
I have to tell you, this is the most fun experiment I have ever been part of!