Spiritual Theme of December: What Does It Mean To Be People Of Hope?
9:30 and 11:15 a.m.
The Great O's
Rev. Clare Petersberger
The spiritual question for December is "What does it mean to be a people of hope?" Today's worship service explores this question not in terms of baseball (Sorry Baltimore Orioles fans) but in terms of how people have, for centuries, marked waiting for the rebirth of hope through a particular song. Which of the great O's in this song will speak to your heart this year?
9:30 and 11:15 AM
It Takes Only One Candle
Rev. Clare Petersberger, Spice Kleinmann
Today we reflect on hope in ancient and contemporary stories of Hanukkah. Where do they point us to sources of hope today?
Rev. Clare Petersberger, Joyce Duncan, Tracy Hall, The TUUC Choir, students in our TUUC religious exploration ministry
Susan Cooper writes how at winter solstice, people sang and danced to drive the dark away. In keeping with these old traditions of reveling with friends and family on the shortest day of the year, this morning we enjoy a single multigenerational winter solstice celebration filled with music and dance, poetry and theater. We give thanks for our community to shine the light of hope and the warmth of love as the earth pauses to tilt toward the sun again.
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Rev. Clare Petersberger, Tracy Hall
This Christmas morning we celebrate how Unitarians imagined/reimagined the ancient story of Christmas in stories, poems, and song. How do their interpretations speak to our own understanding of this ancient story in 2017?
Rev. Clare Petersberger, Joyce Duncan
In our Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Service we honor the importance of light to so many December holidays and think about the origins of feelings we associate with "inner light" -- hope, love and peace.
To My Heart There Came A Whisper
Rev. Clare Petersberger, Tracy Hall, The TUUC Choir
Shepherds are an important part of the ancient nativity story. Yet you rarely hear someone say, "I hope I get cast as a shepherd in the Christmas pageant." Perhaps this has something to do with how shepherds were originally viewed. Tonight we look at the role of shepherds in the ancient nativity story and how their role has been reimagined and become more hopeful and hope-filled over the centuries.
ONE SERVICE AT 10:30 a.m.
To Be Announced
Lay Worship Associate Sunday