Rather than rotate through the customary advent themes of hope, peace, joy, and love, for Advent 2023, the Reverend Ken Baily and the Worship and Spiritual Life Committee chose to focus on peace.
On the first Sunday of Advent, December 3, Kessely Hong spoke about negotiating for lasting peace and children and youth made sandwiches for the Community Day Center of Waltham.
The second Sunday of Advent, December 10, included a baptism and remarks by Anna McMahan about her methods for remaining calm and present during busy days at the medical clinic where she practices.
The third Sunday of Advent, December 17, included a shortened version of the traditional NHCC pageant, “The Star,” and remarks by Ann Hulsing about finding inner peace throughout life.
A lighted Rudolph on the Lincoln Street lawn stood in the center of a peace symbol.
In the first of two services on Christmas Eve, Director of Christian Education Wendy Donnell and youth ushers distributed dove ornaments stamped with the word “peace.”