Sunday, December 9th — 9:15 and 11:00 am “Season of Mysteries – Holiday Music Service”
Featuring the UUCW Adult Choir, Multigenerational Choir, Jennifer Nicolosi, Lead Music Director; and Ruben Piirainen, Music Director; with the Rev. Suzelle Lynch and Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson, Intern Minister
The winter holiday season is full of beauty and mystery. We touch on ancient and joyful themes this morning from Advent, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, and Bodhi Day, with glorious music and meaningful readings.
Join in the fun by wearing your most festive holiday sweater, socks, hat, or other apparel!
Sunday, December 16th — 9:15 and 11:00 am “At the Roots of Mystery, There Lies History”
The Rev. Suzelle Lynch and the Kaleidoscope Band
What’s really at the bottom of all the holiday hoopla? Is December 25 really the birthdate of Jesus of Nazareth? Did 19th century Unitarians and Universalists play a role in the way we celebrate Christmas in the U.S.? Answers to all of these questions and more will be provided. Kaleidoscope Band plays popular Christmas music today.
Friday, December 21st — 7:00 pm “Calling Back the Sun – A Winter Solstice Ritual”
Featuring the Solstice Singers, and EarthSpirit Team and Dancers, with the Rev. Suzelle Lynch and Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson, Intern Minister
We honor the moment when the night is longest here in the northern hemisphere with drumming, dancing, songs, stories, and a joyful earth-based ritual to “call for the sun’s return.” EarthSpirit services focus on the sacred circle of life and put us in tune with the seasons and cycles of the earth. Children able to enjoy an hour-long worship experience are invited to attend with their parents or guardians. Bring your drums and shakers and stay for hot spiced cider and other goodies after the service!
Sunday, December 23rd – 10:00 am “Dark of Winter: Blessings and Perspectives”
The Rev. Suzelle Lynch
In our culture, darkness is viewed as something unpleasant – something frightening — something we need to drive away with bright lights and shiny tinsel. This morning we shift our lens to see darkness in a different way. Music from UUCW student Spencer Harris.
Monday, December 24th — 4:00 and 8:00 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
The Rev. Suzelle Lynch, Christmas Choir, and Special Musicians
On Christmas Eve we call ourselves to be fully present in community and explore the mystery at the heart of Christmas. With words of reflection, carols old and new, and the light of candles shining in the soft darkness, we honor this ancient holiday in our modern context. Music at 4:00 pm from the Christmas Choir, and at 8:00 pm from Special Musicians. Please invite family, friends, and neighbors — and plan to arrive early for the 4:00 pm service.
Sunday, December 30th — 10:00 am “A Spiritual Path into the New Year”
The Rev. Suzelle Lynch and Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson, Intern Minister
The turning year is an opportunity to pause, take stock of where we are, release what needs to go and recommit to practices and pathways of heart, mind, and spirit. Join us for a four-fold service of reflection, releasing, renewal and return — including the opportunity to walk our unique Flaming Chalice Labyrinth.