We invite our entire community to join us in ringing our church bell at 9:30am in memory of those who died at that hour in Sandy Hook last December 14th. Words cannot express the depth of those losses, and so it is appropriate to gather to toll the bell and reflect together in silent prayer. The service of remembrance will conclude at 10am after our Adult Choir sings Lloyd Larson’s new anthem, “Dwell in the Light Forevermore,” dedicated to the memory of those who died at Sandy Hook Elementary school on Dec. 14, 2012.
The anthem is set to a haunting lyric by Susan Bentall Boersma from Revelation 22:5 –
Through the valley of shadows, lost in the dark of night,
our God goes before us to lead us to the light.
There will be no more night!
No need for lamp or ray of sun, the Lamb will be the light. There will be no more night!
No need to fast, to watch, to weep around the throne so bright.
In deference to the request of the Newtown families who have been affected, we are not dwelling in grief but taking action – and joining our Church-in-Society Committee in collecting “stocking stuffers” for children in need in our own town, as a positive act of kindness and charity in memory of those who died. Small unwrapped gifts appropriate for children will be gratefully received and distributed by Brookfield Social Services.