Opening to Joy: Letting Go to Peace – December 12, 2021 – Rev. Kevin Tarsa and Rev. Karyn Packard

Opening to Joy: Letting Go to Peace
Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains
December 12, 2021
Rev. Kevin Tarsa, with Rev. Karyn Packard and Jeff Stone, Worship Associate

Even in these more cautious times, the pace and energy of the holiday season picks up, with challenges, joys, and sadness all amplified. In this annual service inviting embodied peacefulness, we’ll draw on silence, sound, breath, and movement as the words spoken invite us to let go of our striving in order to arrive where we are. 

Song for Gathering I’ve Got Peace Like a River #100 by Marvin V. Frey, Rev. Karyn Packard, piano 

Land Acknowledgement read by Renee Weilmann

Welcome Rev. Kevin Tarsa

Lighting of the Chalice Promise of Peace by Hal Walker, Jordan Thomas-Rose, Julie Tillinghast, Rev. Kevin Tarsa 

Opening Movement Circle of Joy Grace Kendrick


Wisdom for All Ages The Tiger and the Strawberry, as told by Lea Morris, with Joy is Free by Lea Morris

Joys & Sorrows 

Song Filled with Loving Kindness #1031, Buddhist meditation, music by Ian W. Riddel, Rev. Karyn Packard, piano 

Holding Silence 

Prayer Rev. Karyn Packard

Homily Opening to Joy: Letting Go to Peace, Rev. Kevin Tarsa 

Offering George Dunstan

25% of our offering this month will support: Hospitality House whose mission is “to bring homeless people in Nevada County into a circle of community caring that offers shelter, sustenance, medical care, advocacy, opportunity, dignity, and hope as we assist them in transitioning from homelessness to housing.” 

Since we are not passing a plate in person, giving in other ways is vital to our ability to sustain the work of our community. Thank you for your generosity. See the insert for ways to give by text, PayPal, UUCM’s website or by mail. 

Offertory Karyn Packard, piano 

Dedication George Dunstan

Thank you 

Closing Song There is More Love Somewhere #95, African American Spiritual

Closing Words   

Community Benediction / Extinguishing of the Chalice  
                   Carry the flame of peace and love until we meet again.  

Music for Going Forth