I am very excited about our upcoming season of Advent because we will go on an adventure together through the story of “The Nutcracker.” Do you think of Jesus when you contemplate the Nutcracker ballet? This Advent we are going to find the Christian meaning behind the Nutcracker ballet. Clara, is the main character who represents humanity anxiously waiting in between the now and not yet. She is deeply loved by her Godfather who gives her a beautiful gift of a nutcracker. This is not just any toy. This nutcracker battles evil. This nutcracker loses his life fighting off evil and is brought back to life again by the godfather. After the nutcracker is raised from the dead, he turns into a handsome prince. The prince then takes Clara to a beautiful kingdom that she has been anxiously wanting to visit her whole life. Everyone in the kingdom is excited to see their prince return because they too have been anxiously awaiting the Prince’s return.
Do you see the familiar pattern? Humanity needs to be saved played by Clara, Jesus comes and saves humanity from sin and evil. Jesus dies and is risen from the grave. The nutcracker is Jesus who saves Clara from the evil Mouse King (Satan) and God (the Godfather) raises the nutcracker from the dead and he is transformed into a beautiful prince. Jesus was raised from the dead and transformed into a resurrected body.
The Nutcracker explores evil verses good, death and resurrection, anxiously waiting, the tension between the now and not yet, and the triumphal return of the Prince of peace.
11/25 We will be having a special “Hanging of the Greens” service where we will recount the Christian symbolism in our Christmas decorations that adorn our Sanctuary.
12/2 The Nutcracker sermon series begins with Clara: Waiting for Christmas.
12/9 Our children’s department will present “A Christmas Nativity” at both services and I will be preaching on Drosselmeir: A Godfather’s Love
12/16 The Mouse King: The battle between good and evil and Our chancel choir will present the cantata “The Advent Wreath” at 7p.m.
12/23 The Nutcracker: The Greatest Gift.
12/24 Will have three traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Services 4, 7, and 11PM.