Sunday and Special Services (December 2015)

Services for December 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula

theme: Guiding Lights

Rev. Andrew Clive MillardServices include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.

December 6th: “Will the real Saint Nicholas please stand up?”Listen to it here.

The fourth-century Greek bishop and Christian saint, Nikolaos of Myra, was renowned for his generosity to the poor.  One story tells how he helped the three daughters of a poor man by going at night to their house and throwing purses of gold coins through a window.  On the other hand, he is also known for punching heretics.  So how did Saint Nicholas become Santa Claus?

December 13th: “The Joy of (Christmas) Music”

By far the largest section of hymns in Singing the Living Tradition is for Christmas.  Include the sections for Advent and Epiphany and there are thirty-six songs in all, but we typically sing at most a dozen of them, specifically the well-known carols.  Let’s explore some of the others, for whether they’re challenging or merely unfamiliar, they also bring gladness to this season.

Services will feature special music by the ChorUUs!

December 20th: “A Lamp in Every Corner”Listen to it here.

There was in the land of Transylvania a village nestled in a mountain valley.  The people who lived there were Unitarian, and they decided to build themselves a church.  After much hard work, the day arrived when at last it was finished, and everyone was proud of what they had achieved together.  But why did the lamp stands on the walls of the church remain empty?

The first (9:30am) service will follow our traditional format with a sermon; the second (11am) service will include a multigenerational drama along with most other service elements.

Special Services for Christmas Eve!
5pm on December 24th: “The Friendly Animals”
7pm on December 24th: “The Meaning of Christmas”

We hold two services on Christmas Eve!  The earlier is a family service with an interactive story and the later is an evening service of readings and reflections.  Both services feature traditional Christmas carols and will conclude with the beloved ceremony of passing the flame.

Special music will be provided by the Fellowship’s fabulous musicians!

December 27th: “Shining a Light on Human Dignity” — Listen to it here.

Donna Hicks, international human dignity advocate, outlines her ten Essential Elements of Dignity and Ten Temptations in her book, Dignity.  How do we, as Unitarian Universalists who respect the inherent worth and dignity of each person, understand our work in promoting human dignity?  And what wisdom can we glean from our Muslim, Christian and Jewish siblings in faith?

Jaimie DingusJaimie Dingus is longtime member of the UUFP.  She is also an active member of The Sanctuary Boston, a young adult UU community.  She is currently a senior at Boston University, studying religion, and serves as President of BU’s Interfaith Council.  Graduating this Spring, Jaimie intends to pursue a Master’s of Divinity degree and become a UU minister.

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About acmillard

Andrew serves as minister to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula in Newport News, Virginia.
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