UUCM Christmas Eve 2020 Candlelight Service: music, candlelight, poetry and singing to touch the spirit of this night.

Greeting  – Rev. Kevin Tarsa 

Song for Gathering  The First Noel  – The Rivers-Samson Family: Olivia, Allison and David  

Opening Song  Once in Royal David’s City #228  – Jordan Thomas-Rose, with Michael Bankston, trumpet; Kate Canan, flute

Welcome Lindsay Dunckel 

Lighting of the Chalice   Fellow Sojourners by Dan Lambert – read by Gail Johnson Vaughan 

Chalice Music  Promise of Peace by Hal Walker  – sung by Julie Tillinghast, Jordan Thomas-Rose, Rev. Kevin Tarsa   

Lighting Your Home Chalice 

Land Acknowledgement and Opening Words  The Work of Christmas by Howard Thurman – Rev. Kevin Tarsa

Song  O Come All Ye Faithfull #253 (vs 1 and 3) 

Reading  from the Christian Gospel of Luke – read by Gail Johnson Vaughan 

Interlude  Lulajze Jezuniu, traditional Polish Carol –  Rev. Kevin Tarsa

Reading  The Shepherd Who Stayed by Theodosia Garrison – read by Chuck Champlin 

Song  In the Bleak Midwinter #241  – The Thomas-Rose Family: Stan, Erin, Jamie and Jordan 

 Reading  Worthy of Beauty by Rev. Paul S. Sawyer read by Lindsay Dunckel 

Interlude  Rise Up, Shepherd – Rev. Kevin Tarsa

Reflection Rev. Kevin Tarsa 

Offering 

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

Offertory  Ave Maria by Bach/Gounod  – Julie Tillinghast, voice   Rev. Kevin Tarsa, piano 

Reading  Christmas Evensong by the Rev. Mark Belletini, from Sonata for Voice and Silence – read by Gail Johnson Vaughan 

Closing Carol and Passing of the Light   Silent Night  #251 

Closing Words  Christmas Eve Benediction by Maureen Killoran – read by Rev. Kevin, Gail Johnson Vaughan, Chuck Champlin, Lindsay Dunckel 

^ Community Benediction / Extinguishing of the Chalice  

                   Carry the flame of peace and love until we meet again.  

Thank you & Music for Going Forth