Upcoming Worship this December

A Worshipful December


Sunday December 1, 10 am / Credo Service
Periodically, Worship Associates ask First Parish members to offer personal statements of belief. Katherine LeVine, Cheri Minton and Mara Prentiss offer their credo statements.

Sunday, December 8, 10 am / Beyond Categorical Thinking
Rev. Jane Dwinell, preaching;
How can we look beyond our biases? Who do we give authority to? Who might our second minister be? Rev. Jane Dwinell of the “Beyond Categorical Thinking” program of the Unitarian Universalist Association preaches and leads a workshop open to all from noon to 3 pm (lunch too!) Come and get an update on the
search process.

Friday, December 13, 7pm / Embrace the Darkness
Led by Rev. Marta Flanagan and the Worship Associates.
Some say Embrace the Darkness is their favorite service of the year. There is something intimate and magical about worshiping in the sanctuary at night. This worship service provides a contemplative approach during the holiday season. We acknowledge our losses and concerns along with naming our hopes and consolations. The service includes poetry, prayer, the lighting of Shabbat candles, the sharing of bread and the singing of our women’s a cappella choral group, UUlations.

Sunday December 15, 10 am / Shinn Service
Rev. Kathleen McTigue, Director of Activism and Justice Education at Unitarian Universalist Service Committee preaches
at our annual Shinn Service. The Shinn Service honors First Parish member Barbara Shinn (1912-1976) and her commitment to social action.

Sunday, December 22, 10 am / Magic and Miracle Afoot
On the Fourth Sunday of Advent and the First Night of Hanukkah our worship service is all ages, the young and the not so young. Worship concludes with our decorating the Christmas Tree. Intern Minister, Chloë Briedé, and Director of Religious Education Tina Schultz lead the service.

Tuesday, December 24 / Candlelight Services at 4, 6 and 8 pm (the 4pm service will be interpreted in ASL)
All three Christmas Eve services include lessons and carols and the sharing of candlelight through the sanctuary. This year the 8 pm is a contemplative service  featuring more darkness and candlelight than in the earlier services.

Sunday, December 29, 10 am / Poetry for a New Year
All are invited to bring a poem to mark a beginning or an ending.

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