Upcoming Worship Services
What Does It Mean To Be A People Of Mystery?
December 2, 2018 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM
Rev. Clare Petersberger, Casey Mashburn (soloist), and The TUUC Choir: Let The Bright Seraphim And Sacred Light Guide Our Way
Our spiritual question, this month, is “What does it mean to be a people of mystery?” Today marks the first Sunday of Advent and this evening marks the first night of Hanukkah. Both invite us to see our lives anew in different ways. Advent tells of visitations by angels and annunciations, of dreams and signs. Hanukkah tells of a light that burned beyond all realistic expectation. How do we entertain divine messengers who disrupt our expectations? How do we prepare for hope and remain open to the mystery in our own lives?
December 9, 2018 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM
Rev. Clare Petersberger, Tracy Hall, Music Director, and The TUUC Choir: And Still The Mystery Surrounds Us
Last week we celebrated light which is a recurring motif in December. Today we honor the importance of dark in our lives from the renewal we experience during the night (when we sleep well!) to the wonder of the dark cosmos filled with dark matter. Today we ponder the place of night and darkness in our lives and our lives in the midst of a dark universe.
December 16 ONE SERVICE 10:30 AM
Rev. Clare Petersberger, Joyce Duncan, Director of Religious Exploration, Youth Religious Exploration classes, Tracy Hall, Music Director, The TUUC Choir: The Mystery of The Cosmos, Creation, and Community
In our one worship service this morning, our religious exploration classes and our TUUC Choir will help us to celebrate the mystery of the cosmos, human birth, and community. In the words of Robert T. Weston, “This is the wonder of time; this is the marvel of space; out of the stars swung the earth; life upon earth rose to love…..Out of your heart, cry wonder, sing that we live.” This morning, we shall celebrate and sing!
December 23 ONE SERVICE 10:30 AM
Rev. Clare Petersberger, Tracy Hall, Music Director, The TUUC Choir: Do You Hear What I Hear?
In our one worship service this morning, we reflect on the mystery of music. In October 1962, during the height of the Cuban missile crisis, a member of the Westport UU congregation and his wife wrote a song, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” It was intended as a protest song against nuclear war. But because of its reference to stars, kings and a babe who would lead humanity in the way of peace, it became a beloved holiday carol. This morning, through readings and congregational caroling, we will discover the truth of the observation made by Hans Christian Andersen, “Where words fail, music speaks.”
December 24 5:30 PM FAMILY CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
Rev. Clare Petersberger, Joyce Duncan, Director of Religious Exploration, Youth Religious Exploration classes, Tracy Hall, Music Director: Our Christmas Pageant on This Silent Night
On this silent and holy night, we retell the ancient story with the participation of families and the congregation through songs, sounds, movement, and laughter. While there is a part for everyone, there are five specific speaking parts. If you would like to participate, please e-mail Rev. Clare (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Joyce Duncan(email@example.com) by December 19.
December 24 7:30 PM CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
Rev. Clare Petersberger, Tracy Hall, Music Director, and The TUUC Choir: Love’s Pure Light
Tonight we remember the ancient story of the birth of divinity in a human baby and the story of a song about that ancient story that first debuted 200 years ago. If we were to write a similar song in 2018, where would it be set, who would be the protagonists, and what would we be inspired to do?