June 19, 2018 From Dusk til Dawn
Christ Church Open from Dawn to Dusk for the Summer Solstice, June 21
The word “solstice” comes from the Latin words “sol” (sun) and “stitium” (still or stopped). The ancients noticed that as summer progressed, the sun stopped moving northward in the sky, then began tracking southward again as summer turned to autumn. Different cultures and religious traditions have different names for the summer solstice. In Northern Europe, it’s often referred to as Midsummer as in Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummers Night’s Dream. This classic play contains humor, trickery, loves won and lost but mostly lots of confusion. Combining all of these elements creates the perfect opportunity to offer the beautiful church and grounds of Christ Church as a place dedicated to offering hospitality from dawn to dusk.
The historic church will remain open with suggested prayers available for those who choose to gather in remembrance and solidarity for families on the border for whom confusion adds to their daily burden of anxious concern.
The labyrinth in the courtyard invites quiet reflection for people of all faiths.
The regularly scheduled 10 AM healing service includes Holy Eucharist and the Laying on of Hands for Healing.
The return of our classic Campfire Christ Church at 7 PM includes roasting marshmallows for s’mores, a sing along (bring your uke or guitar) and fun under the festive lighting.
Summer Solstice – the longest day invites us all to celebrate in our own way.