Whether you live in the Northern Hemisphere’s diminishing daylight hours or in the summer of the Southern Hemisphere, it’s been a dark week in the world already. This week’s Festival highlights our prayers for those most affected by tragedy as well as our hopes for new life and our own attempts to cope with fatigue, stress, sadness and grief.

First, here’s a Sermon Short video from kathrynzj, a weekly ministry from her church used to share the good word with and beyond the congregation.

MPC SERMON SHORT: Christmas Fatigue from MechPresby on Vimeo.

How are you reaching out to the wider community? We would love to hear your ideas in the comments below.

Longtime ring member and BlogPal Milton Brasher-Cunningham blogs about the service his wife, Ginger, has planned and his own growing understanding that “the sadness inherent in life is intrinsic to the story” of Christmas.

Next, Deborah Lewis at Snow Day acknowledges how hard it is to tend to our own spirits in “What an Old Monk Can Teach.”

Denise Anderson holds a luminary in her arms as she takes part in a vigil on 16th Street near the White House in Washington. Thousands of demonstrators were expected in Washington and New York to protest the killings of unarmed black men by US police and to urge Congress to protect citizens. – Reuters pic, December 13, 2014.
Denise Anderson holds a luminary in her arms as she takes part in a vigil on 16th Street near the White House in Washington. Thousands of demonstrators were expected in Washington and New York to protest the killings of unarmed black men by US police and to urge Congress to protect citizens. – Reuters pic, December 13, 2014.

On this blog, T. Denise Anderson recounts a vigil in Washington, D.C., and shares her perspective on what “works” look like.

I as a minister cannot write or pass a law, but I can appeal to those who can. And if it is the law that is endangering the “bodily needs” of a brother or sister — i.e. their right to have a body at all — then my prayers and well-wishes are worthless if they do not move me to do everything within my power to change that which threatens them.

Mary Beth Butler tells a story of stepping out of her comfort zone and attending an unfamiliar church to show her solidarity. She was reminded, powerfully, “This is Not About You.”

In another blog post about where we end and others begin, Carol Howard Merritt at Tribal Church has wise words for authors new at navigating the Internet: “It’s None of My Business.”

Marci Glass practices hospitality as a tonic for the demands of the season, using her grandmother’s china her way.

Sally at Eternal Echoes shares an image of new life.

And two of our prayer posters share their prayers for the world this week:

Julia at Faith, Grace and Hope ~ Prayer in the Aftermath of Pakistan School Shooting

Rachel Hackenberg ~ Certainly There is This

I hope you’ll visit these blogs and leave a comment for the authors. It helps to know others are reading. Blessings, RevGals, in these last eight days before Christmas.

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