What does it mean to be a people of awe?

Being at once astonished at the world and yet at home in it” is the journey we travel this month.  

Drawn toward the long night of the winter solstice, wrapped in the season’s holidays and holy days, surrounded by the overstimulating jingle and jangle of the commercial trappings and political noise, and warmed and/or frustrated by the annual facing of family and friend relationships, we’ll seek to gain perspective. Let’s step back and notice that we are intimately interconnected and, at the same time, each a unique, small piece of an extraordinary existence.  

Watch the weekly eChalice for news, updates and weekly meditations, check out UUCM’s facebook page for inspiration all month, and tune in to Soul Matters’ Spotify awe playlist.

December 1    Thank you for this…   Lindsay Dunckel, Rev., Kevin
Our full community (all ages) service on this Thanksgiving weekend calls us to the spiritual and life practice of gratitude. What are you thankful for? 

December 8    What’s Wrong with God? – Gail Johnson Vaughan    Allison Rivers Samson, Worship Associate
The word “god” is rarely used in UUCM services, or even in conversations. So, what’s wrong with god? There are so many ways for UU’s to answer that question. Member Gail Johnson Vaughan shares the sermon she developed in last spring’s Shared Pulpit Class, and Allison Rivers Samson weaves in her worship associate magic. Join us for an
awesome, and perhaps surprising service. 

December 15   Feel the Presence of a Hope – Rev. Kevin Tarsa       Wendy Wernigg, Worship Associate
A “poetic”
hour of music and reflection through facets of the season: “the gentle of the moon, the garnet of a star, the presence of a hope where the crowding shepherds are.” 

Friday, December 20   Solstice Eve Celebration 7:00 pm (singing begins as 6:45)       Wendy Wernigg and Beth Karow, Worship Associates
Our annual Solstice Eve Celebration aligns the rhythms of our hearts and our spirits with the rhythms of the earth and sky.  Come, center yourself
in the midst of the holiday hustle. Singing, silence, candlelight, fire (and some hot, spiced cider) guide us around this turning edge of the year.

You are invited to bring refreshments to share.
Healthy, gluten-free and vegan options are especially welcome.

Sunday, December 22  Find a Stillness   Rev. Kevin, with Wendy Wernigg, Worship Associate
UUCM’s annual December meditation service calls you in from the literal and figurative cold and winter winds to rest for a moment. Come, pause, breathe, center, notice, and listen. Find your stillness in this precious hour and be renewed. 
 

 CHRISTMAS EVE
Tuesday, December 24, 2019   

5:00 p.m.  Deck the Hall  Rev. Kevin Tarsa, with Allison Rivers Samson, Worship Associate
In this 45-minute all-ages-friendly service, singing, story, ritual, and yes, candlelight, invite us to note the traditions we keep or create from year to year, the traditions that help us find meaning in this season and on this particular night.
 

8:00 p.m.   Within the Shining of a Star       Rev. Kevin Tarsa, with Chuck Champlin, Worship Associate
A UU song notes that “within the shining of star we catch a glimpse of who we are.” Whether that image leads you on this night to ponder the cosmic stardust out of which your body is so wonderfully made, or the elemental love and divinity that the star in the Christmas narrative represents to many, come, celebrate in the spirit of love and goodwill. 
 Music, candlelight, poetry and singing to touch the spirit of this night.  

You are invited to bring refreshments to share at each service.
Healthy, gluten-free and vegan options are especially welcome.
 

The Christmas Eve offerings support the UUCM Minister’s Discretionary Fund, used to support people in need, both within the congregation and in the wider community.  

10:00 p.m.  Dark of Winter, Soft and Still   Rev. Kevin Tarsa
Come, night owls and Christmas Eve arrivers, for an intimate circle of meditative singing, silence, and candlelight, in the spirit of our monthly singing medi
tation circles. 

December 29    Cider Sunday: Looking Back, Looking Forward    Wendy Wernigg, Worship Associate
For many years UUCM has celebrated a New Year’s Cider Sunday with Anita Wald-Tuttle’s skillful leadership. Attendees were each invited to share reflections on the year past, as well as expectations and intentions for the year to come. With UUCM’s growth, the details of the ritual are shifting, yet this remains an important annual invitation to reflection.
So, we’ll keep the essence of Anita’s vision, adapt the details to this new day, and prepare to move into the new year.  And yes, there will be cider. And coffee. And tea…