Winter Solstice: Making a Home in Darkness, Waiting for the Light
Winter Solstice Service 2023mindyh2023-12-26T17:52:39+00:00
Making a Home in the Darkness; Waiting for the Light
A Winter Solstice Service
Winter Solstice 2023
The service will be a more quiet worship service blending observance of the winter solstice and Advent, with notes of light and darkness; words, images, music, and contemplative space. Those who attend might wish to bring a candle, so that their own space and our gathered space might be a space of luminous darkness.
Date: Thursday, December 21, 2023
Presenter: The Rev. Dr. Susan Gilbert Zencka, with music by Danny Mitchell
Susan Gilbert Zencka is a PCUSA minister who served congregations in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin before retiring in 2021 and moving to Allentown, PA. While in active ministry, she was active in interfaith environmental organizations, and had a passion for creation-honoring worship. While she particularly enjoyed celebrating the Season of Creation each autumn, creation-honoring worship is always in season.
In retirement, she has been exploring micro bio regionalism: creating a conservation sanctuary in her yard by planting over 400 native perennials, along with many native shrubs and trees. Food issues are also an interest—in general, she is committed to learning and sharing about the small issues through which ordinary people can engage and effect change, people who don’t think of themselves as wealthy: our yards, our worship, the household dinner table.
Susan and her husband, Carl, have been married 41 years. They have 3 adult sons, 3 daughters-in-law, four grandsons, and a granddaughter on the way…and two lively dogs. She also spends time caring for her 96yo Dad.
Danny Mitchell, instrumentalist/singer/songwriter/composer, is well-versed in pop, jazz, country, and classical. Danny has made a name for himself within the industry as a go-to solo and collaborative performer and writer. Currently he brings his talents to bear as keyboardist, bandleader, and vocalist with multiplatinum recording artist Miranda Lambert. Learn more about him on his website www.dannymitchellmusic.com.