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Theme for December: Awe

We have Sunday services at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.

December 1

“Take Courage” | Guest Minister Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen

Courage is lifted up as one of the central virtues. Without courage it is difficult to do the work of self and social transformation necessary to change ourselves and our society for the better. This Sunday we’ll ask: What does it mean to live a courageous life? How can we be courageous together?

Guest minister the Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen is interim senior minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston. He gave the spring 2019 Minns lectures on “Unitarian Universalism and American Populism.” He keeps a blog at www.colinbossen.com.

December 8

“Natural Disasters and Other Myths” | Rev. Julia Hamilton

Two years ago, the Thomas Fire and Debris Flow woke us up to the awe-inspiring power of nature and our own vulnerabilities. Fire, flood, hurricane, heat – these are the new normal. Yet nature is not the source of our suffering; the real disaster is the way we humans have contributed to the situation. We must reclaim a sense of awe, wonder and humility for the powerful forces that surround us in order to get clear about what we do (and don’t) have control over.

December 15

“The Star of Bethlehem”

Let’s wonder, laugh, sing, and maybe even cry together at our holiday pageant! We will discover if we have room in our hearts and in the stable for one more. Children will be performing and singing as we re-enact the story of Christmas together.

December 22

“Calling Upon the Four Directions” | Student Minister Nic Filzen

This morning is all about the Winter Solstice!  Once more the earth is turning toward the sun; once more the light is increasing.  Join us for a chance to reflect on this moment, when the balance shifts and the days begin to grow long.

December 24, Christmas Eve

Our three services on Christmas Eve are each a little bit different, but all of them end with candlelight as we sing Silent Night together.

5:00 pm – Joy to the World: A Family Christmas.
Lots of love will light up the sanctuary as we tell stories and sing our favorite carols. All ages are welcome at this fun and festive service. Featuring selections from The Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten. Treble Choir will sing.

7:00 pm – Heaven and Nature Sing: Lessons & Carols. Come and hear the words of the Christmas story accompanied by beautiful music from the choir and Christmas carols for everyone. We will reflect together on what it means to make room for joy in a heartbreaking world. Chancel Choir will sing.

9:00 pm – A Joyful Jazz Christmas. A jazz combo will provide the music for us we put a little swing into our carols and reflect on the spirit of peace, love, and joy that is at the heart of Christmas. Music by members of the USSB Music Ministry.

December 29 – One service only at 10:00 am

“Praise What Comes” | Rev. Lora Young

As we pause in this space between the years, it’s common to reflect on what’s come in and through our lives in preparation for the year to come. Some experiences were surely easier to bear than others, but when the going gets tough, we know in this community that turning to wonder can often be the key to new insight, resilience and even a bit of wisdom. Join our affiliated community minister, Rev. Lora Young for a morning of reflection in poetry, stillness, and song dedicated to the practice of welcoming everything with a spirit of praise.

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