Joy in the Face of Hardship

(Second service starts at 11:15am) (Third Sunday of Christmas) Joy is an assumed element of the holiday season, and yet, truth be told, it often eludes us, especially when we’re suffering illness, loss, economic stress, and/or loneliness. Drawing upon the wisdom of the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and Jesus, we will examine ways to nurture joyousness that is deep, courageous and long-lasting.

Music: QUUF choir directed by Marj Iuro, accompanied by Ikue Goldstein

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Children’s Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5pm

This service is geared to children, their parents and grandparents. Each child will receive his or her own candle for the service.

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7pm

Since Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year, there will be no services on Christmas Eve Sunday morning. Both Rev. Bode and Rev. Lore will give a Christmas homily, with our QUUF choir singing. The service will conclude with the lighting of individual candles and the singing of “Silent Night”.

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 9pm

Since Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year, there will be no services on Sunday morning. Both Rev. Bode and Rev. Lore will give a Christmas homily, with guest soloist Laurel Sprigg singing. The service will conclude with the lighting of individual candles and the singing of “Silent Night”.

Eight Considerations in Re-Making Yourself

(Second service starts at 11:15) In Marcia Lewton’s novel, Hello Gorgeous, one of the characters, Bess Kingman, is portrayed as follows: “Despite the continual commercial touting of the notion that a person can make herself into whatever she wants, Bess knew a few important things.” This sermon, as we bid goodbye to the old year and welcome the new year, will be a commentary on the “important things” that Bess had learned about re-making herself.

Music: Pat Rodgers