Upcoming Worship Services

Wednesday, December 13 at 6:00pm  Blue Christmas Vespers

Rev. Carol Strecker
The winter holidays can be a difficult time for many people for a variety of reasons. Feelings of inadequacy, overwhelm, emptiness, sadness and loss can stand in stark contrast amidst all the holiday hubbub and merriment. This vespers service is an opportunity to step out of the business of the season into a time of quiet reflection and candlelight to make room for all the feelings that can come with this season in our lives.

Sunday, December 17 at 10:30am Holiday Music Service

Carolyn McCreary, Music Director
Music is a language of hope. No matter what we hope for – peace, love, change or connection – music gives us a voice in community and a lasting harmony to depend on. Many voices of all ages will join Carolyn McCreary and the Choir in our annual holiday music service. Come add yours. (Gingerbread Decorating for Children/Youth)

Thursday, December 21 at 6:30pm in Barnum Hall Winter Solstice Spiral

Rev. Linda Goodman, Interfaith Minister
As the earth pauses its cycle and begins to turn again towards more light, let us also pause in this busy season and experience the wonder of the season with soft music, candlelight, and community. In this special ceremony for all ages you will be invited to walk a large spiral path laid out in evergreen boughs. At the center, you will receive a gift of candle’s light by an “angel”. As you walk the spiral path out, you will place your light on a star along the path, adding the gift of your light to the light of many candles shining on sparkling crystals. Come share the wonder.

Sunday, December 24 at 10:30am Songs of the Season and Their Stories

Rev. Carol Strecker and UUCM musicians
We’ll gather in Emerson Hall to sing lots of holiday songs and hear some of the stories behind them. Did you know, for instance, that “Jingle Bells” was written by a Unitarian? Or that a Unitarian minister is responsible for the revival of the tradition of the Christmas Tree in New England? Or that “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer” was actually written by a father who wanted to affirm his child’s worth and dignity?

Help us create a special Christmas feast after the service by bringing a plate of finger food: cheese and crackers, veggies, mini-sandwiches or your favorite Christmas cookies.

Sunday, December 24 at 5:00pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Rev. Carol Strecker
We’ll welcome Christmas with candles, music and readings, celebrating the light of the world born in the hope of every child. We’ll tell the ancient story of Jesus’ humble birth and light candles for the birth of every child born since last Christmas Eve. This is a service for all ages but it’s not specifically designed for young children.

“Every night a child is born is a holy night”  Sophia Lyon Fahs, Unitarian Religious Educator

Sunday, December 31 at 10:30AM in Emerson Hall New Year’s Service

Rev. Linda Goodman, Interfaith Minister
Let us gather in Emerson Hall to ceremoniously “sweep away” any sorrows, disappointments and regrets from the past year and step together into the new year with clear intentions. If there would be more peace, justice, and healing in 2018, it will take us all. Bring your hopes, your dreams, your ideas. Let’s get to work. (Event for Children/Youth)

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