Upcoming Sunday Services
Blue Christmas Service
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, or a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many people. Reverend Tom and member Kelley Trombly-Freytag will provide a time for peaceful, healing reflection and worship at this mid-week service.
The Mystery of Us
Sunday, December 16, 2018 @ 9:30am & 11:15am
Sam Harris wrote: “I once spent an afternoon on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee…As I gazed at the surrounding hills, a feeling of peace came over me. I soon grew to a blissful stillness that silenced my thoughts. In an instant the sense of being a separate self—an ‘I’ or ‘me’—vanished. Everything was as it had been, the cloudless sky, the brown hills sloping to an inland sea…but I no longer felt separate from the scene … The experience lasted just a few seconds, but it returned to me many times…” Join us to explore the mystery of “we”, when that sense of a separate self vanishes in a deep and profound connection to a community.
Winter Solstice Celebration
Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Take a break from the busy holiday season and join us at our Winter Solstice Celebration on Thursday, December 20, at 7:00pm. We will honor the darkness and celebrate the return of the light. Please bring a plate of cookies to share. Childcare will be provided.
Winter Solstice Celebration
Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Take a break from the busy holiday season and join us at our Winter Solstice Celebration on Friday, December 21, at 7:00pm. We will honor the darkness and celebrate the return of the light. Please bring a plate of cookies to share. Childcare will be provided.
The Mystery of the Nativity: an Unrehearsed Pageant
Sunday, December 23, 2018 @ 11:15am ONLY
Unique and inclusive, as pageant actors are chosen on the spot! Only a few roles are cast in advance of the service, the rest of the at least 45 participants (including shepherds, stars, wise people, and animals) volunteer to be in the pageant during the service. Everyone (including guests) is invited to participate. At the end of the service, when children and adults are in their costumes gazing down at a baby from our congregation in the “manger,” we all experience this familiar story in a new, more meaningful, and moving way. The love and the mystery and the wonder that we see remind us that each night a child is born is a holy night.
Please bring new or gently used mittens, gloves, hats and scarves to put on the Mitten Tree during the service which will then be donated to the People’s Resource Center in Wheaton.
Christmas Eve - Family Service, Soup Supper, and Candlelight Service
Monday, December 24, 2018 services @ 6:00pm and 8:00pm
6:00pm Family-friendly service with stories, music and electric candle lighting to the song Silent Night.
7:00pm Soup Supper between the Christmas Eve services, sponsored by the Fellowship Committee - ALL are welcome!
8:00pm Candlelight service. Through readings, hymns and music from Christian and Pagan traditions, Reverend Tom will explore the spiritual response to this otherwise dark, cold time of year.
Sunday, December 30, 2018 @ 11:15am ONLY
There are many ways to greet the mystery of the coming year: wonder, fear, determination, inspiration. Our attitude has a large part in determining how we handle our experience of the unknown. Join us in our annual Fire Communion service, where we will let go of what that which keeps us from experiencing the fullness and mystery of life, and we will invite inspiration to keep us moving toward the light.