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December Worship Services
Sunday, December 2: Looking for God, Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Leader
Choir Practice at 9 am! 1st Sunday Potluck and Tree Trimming after Worship!
As we enter into this holy season and hear again the beloved story of the birth of God in the form of a child, we will ask where is God present in our lives? How do we ready a place within us to more readily experience the presence of God, however we understand the holy? This service will explore these questions and call us to the faithful practice of radical hospitality.
Tuesdays: December 4, 11, and 18, 5:30-6 pm: Advent Vesper Services with a simple fellowship time to follow.
These will be times for music, readings and silence together. Times created to honor the season and to help us stay focused on what is important during this busy time of year. We will provide childcare so if you are a busy mom or dad and would like a little time to ground yourself away from the demands of gift buying and meal planning, this could be a wonderful time to center and recharge. We hope all will feel welcome.
Tuesday, December 4, 7 p.m.: We Remember Them: A Transgender Service of Remembrance
On this “Transgender Day of Remembrance,” an annual observance that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence, we gather in the spirit of love to grieve these tragic deaths and to commit ourselves anew to seeing and celebrating the dignity and worth of all transgender people. All are welcome.
Sunday, December 9: What Grows in the Dark? Lane Fisher, Worship Leader UUCE Choir Sings! Holy Tree Decorating After Church! Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Associate
Although we seem to have a primal dread of darkness, reinforced by fairy tales and suspense films, the truth is that beauty and even miracles develop in the dark. As the year’s light wanes, let us feed our hope by considering wonders that take place beyond our ken.
Lane is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry, awaiting her Ministerial Fellowship Committee interview in March. She is leading worship here for the first time since serving as our collaborative intern in 2016-17.
Sunday, December 16: The Mystery We Need, Amy Fiorilli, Worship Leader Special Music! Lori Johnson, Worship Associate
How can not knowing strengthen our hearts and minds toward love and life? How can surrender bring clearness of thought and decisive action? Come join us as we explore the Theology of Mystery and how we find meaning in the unknown.
Friday, December 21, 6 pm: Winter Solstice
Come join us for a full hour of honoring the earth and the rhythms of our lives. We will sing and read poetry, and there will be a homily and time for sharing our hearts with each other. As always, everyone is welcome and it will be a joy to be together. Simple supper of salad, soup and bread to follow.
Sunday, December 23: No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant, Anne Ossanna, R.E. Coordinator, & Multigenerational Service! Caroling in the afternoon! Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Leaders
This year we will celebrate the Christmas story with beautiful music, singing, and a no-rehearsal pageant! Plan to join in the fun. All are welcome.
Monday, December 24: at 7 p.m. Star of Wonder, Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Leader. Potluck at 5:30 p.m.! The Choir Sings! Amy Fiorilli, Eileen Brennan, Worship Associates
In his meditation, Edward Ericson suggests that “to celebrate Christmas is to attest to the power of love to remake humankind…and save the world.” How will love and hope be reborn in us on this holy night? With candle light, carols, and readings, we’ll celebrate the birth of love in the world.
All are welcome to enjoy a Potluck Dinner at 5:30 pm in our Community Room. Choir Practice is at 6 pm in the Sanctuary. We hope you will join us for this special time of light, music, story-telling and being together. (For more information about the potluck, please contact Mary Haynes at email@example.com.)
Sunday, December 30: Last Night and a New Day, Jim Fisher, Worship Leader
Amy Fiorilli, Worship Associate & Intern Minister
As another chapter closes in our book of years, how shall we sift through what has been and choose what to carry forward?
Photo Highlights from Last Month
For information, contact Haydée Foreman, choir director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-266-3872.