East Weymouth

Congregational Church,

​​​​​​​United Church of Christ

A Blessing for a Musical Holiday Season

A Christmas Musical Blessing for the Southeastern Philharmonic’s Holiday Extravaganza

Saturday, December 8, 2018

East Weymouth Congregational Church, UCC

Between November 1 through January 15, there are approximately 29 holidays observed by 7 of the worlds major religions, all with the common theme of loving each other.

The poet writes: “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” Hamilton Mable.

In that spirit of love, let us turn to the Holy One of our own understanding, for a holiday blessing of our Orchestra and for all of us during this holiday season rich with music.

God of all, bless each musician here with strength and joy and our gratitude. Fill them with inspiration as they so generously offer their gifts of sounding joy.

Bless each person here tonight we pray. In this season of holiness when angels sing, when miracles unfold, when holiday lights dazzle, and eternal light pierces all darkness, when music brings joy to the world, fill our hearts with gladness. May the holiness of the season make us increase and abound in love for one another and for all.

Support and strengthen all of us so we can be bearers of light and reach out in love, concern, and prayer for the sick, distressed, the hungry, the homeless, and the oppressed. Embolden us to be instruments of justice and compassion so that those with concerns and fears may know your peace. As Handel has written in his mightiest musical score, may we utter praise each day for you, God, with the chorus refrain of Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hal-le-lu-ja-ah!

Each December, the Southeastern Philharmonic Orchestra blesses us with a Holiday Pops Concert. SPO rehearses at our church every Thursday and has its home here. What good fortune that we have that the nation's oldest community orchestra right here in Jackson Square! The concert is for all celebrating the holidays, of whatever faith tradition or with no particular faith tradition, but people of good will.