Winter Holiday Services 2018

[Note: You can also download the full list of 2018 holiday services here.]

Sunday, December 9

 
Heart and Soul Service: Mystery
SERVICE AT 5 PM
Catie Grasso, preaching
 
Heart and Soul is a quiet, contemplative service held each month on the second Sunday evening. It is a time of fellowship and sharing, with more silence than many services. All are welcome to join us in the sanctuary for this vespers-like experience.

Sunday, December 16

 
A Star is Born
SERVICES AT 9 AM AND 11 AM
The Rev. Greg Ward, preaching
James Witker, Worship Associate
 
There are religions of every kind that explore birth. Because birth is such a miraculous and sacred event in our lives, it has become a hearth at the center of many religious stories. A buddha’s birth (as opposed to ‘the Buddha’) is the central story of Buddhism – how a devotee begins their path of enlightenment. Jesus’ birth as an agent of the world’s salvation is a central story of Christianity. Science and Cosmology also have a birth story involving the origin of the universe, including each and every galaxy, star, solar system and planet. This service is the sacred story of this planet’s birth and it’s ability to call into existence a radical array of life.

Sunday, December 16

 
Winter Solstice Celebration
SERVICE AT 5:30 PM, ANGELINE FORBES HALL
Rima Snyder, Worship Leader
 
This year we commemorate the solstice by learning about the Iranian festival of Yalda, the longest night. Join us to celebrate the beginning of winter and the emergence of the light with music, poems, and shared community.

Sunday, December 23

 
The Star of Bethlehem
SERVICES AT 9 AM AND 11 AM
Kathleen Hogue, preaching
Margot Page, Worship Associate
 
 Why do we celebrate Christmas? As Unitarian Universalists, most of us believe that Jesus was a human being, that he was an inspired spiritual teacher and compelling social revolutionary.  For some of us, we do celebrate the story of the only Son of God come to save the world, and that belief is welcome here today. For others, the culture in which we live tells this story, over and over, and we gather to experience it once again. But it is not only the Christian religion that needs to tell this story, over and over. As a Unitarian Universalist people of faith, we, too, need to tell this story over and over because, like all great religious myths that have been told through the ages, this night and this story hold essential spiritual truths. Come and experience the story once again, with all the characters you know and love including our congregation’s beloved Friendly Beasts! Join us for a Christmas Nativity pageant in word and song with the timeless story of Mary and Joseph, the kings, and the shepherds.

Monday, December 24

 
Ring the Bells and Light the Lights
SERVICE AT 4 PM
Kathleen Hogue, Worship Leader
Teri Lucas, Worship Associate
 
 Join us for a multigenerational worship service complete with holiday music, story, and ritual. You are invited to bring an ornament (either a bell or a star) to trade with someone else. Our interactive story, The Sounds of Christmas by Deb Brammer, gives everyone an opportunity to make joyous noise. Cookies, cider, and hot chocolate will follow the service.

Monday, December 24

 
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
SERVICES AT 6 PM AND 8 PM
The Rev. Greg Ward, preaching
Margot Page, Dorothy Steinicke, and Robin Stillwater, Worship Associates
 
We’re all familiar with the traditional story the describes a particularly dark moment in humanity’s existence, and the birth of a child that grows up to be a great light. We are certainly in dark times today. This traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve service of lessons and carols will be a contemporary adaptation of a sacred story based on Unitarian educator Sophia Lyon Fahs’ prophecy that “every night a child is born is a holy night.” We will imagine what it would look like if the prophet called to bring light to the world were born today. Come to sing, hear stories, light candles, and rejoice in the shared calling for us all to create Peace on Earth. The choir will perform at both services.

Sunday, December 30

 
A Sense of Purpose
ONE SERVICE ONLY AT 11 AM
The Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, preaching
Leon Henderson-MacLennan, Worship Associate
 
 Making meaning of the old year and the new year to come.