By Rev. Charles Harrell
“Coming Home” captured the theme of this year’s annual Advent candlelight service held on Dec. 10 at the Strawbridge Shrine near New Windsor. About 50 worshipers packed the Log Meeting House, a replica of the original structure that was home to the earliest Methodist society in what would later become the United States.
Participants, including members of the Shrine Association and some in period costume, offered prayer, read Scripture, and led singing in an adaptation of the traditional “Lessons and Carols” service.
John Strawbridge, a descendant of pioneering Methodist leader Robert Strawbridge and his wife Elizabeth, offered a reflection on the “anointing” we receive as followers of
The Rev. Patricia Sebring,
The closeness of the capacity crowd was a blessing on a cold night in the unheated Meeting House, as familiar carols and Scripture readings were shared. Afterward, worshipers followed a candlelit trail to the Visitor’s Center next door, where fresh cookies, hot cider, and warm fellowship awaited. For news about the Strawbridge Shrine and its events or to schedule a tour, visit http://www.strawbridgeshrine.org/ or call (410) 635-2600.