On Friday, Dec. 16, 2022 First Parish in Lexington will present a Winter Solstice Experience at 7:00 p.m. With music, ritual, candles, dancing and darkness, experience the quiet of the longest night, and welcome the sun as we wait for her return. Led by Rev. Anne Mason, Music Director Rip Jackson and Robi Rose, story teller, this will be a mystical experience exploring earth-centered imagery, with an invitation to cherish the darkness. Set aside your frenetic everyday concerns and take this hour for your own inward journey. The Solstice is honored by indigenous religions around the world and music, dance and poetry will honor many traditions. A group of intergenerational dancers will weave movement and ritual to celebrate the peace of the darkest night and the triumphant return of the sun’s nourishing light. Soprano soloist Natalie Brierre, soprano sax player Katie Runde Sanchez, guitar, electric bass, piano, electronic synthesizer, drums, rain stick, gong, Tibetan singing bowl and other atmospheric musical instruments. They will sing music from diverse genres including music by Paul Winter, Loreena McKennitt, Enya and original music by Rip Jackson. A free will offering will be taken and public parking is in the rear of the church.