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Seeds for the New Year – Rev. Dr. Sofia Betancourt (UUA President)

Our reading today is a winter Blessing by the Reverend Dr Rebecca Parker.

In the shadowed quiet of Winter’s light Earth speaks softly of her longing because the wild places are in tears. Come she cries to us kneel down here on the frosty grass and feel the prayer buried in the ground. Bend your ear to my heart and listen hard. Love this world she whispers distill peace from the snow and water the cities with mercy. We’ve wonder from the forest and clothe grief with beauty. Rest in the rhythm of the turning year, trace the bending arc rounding the curve to justice and vow a new to do no harm. The winter trees stand watch haloed in the last gleams of the slanting sun glory sings here. Heaven echoes the call repeat the sounding joy. Make your life an answer. Bow. Praise. Rise.

The Unplanned Magic of Christmas Eve – Rev. Caitlin Cotter Coillberg

Reading by rev. m jade kaiser of enfleshed, prayer by  Rev. Jude Geiger – Oh Holy Night- translated into English by the American Unitarian minister and music critic John Sullivan Dwight in 1855, is one of my favorite Christmas songs, thank you so much, sanctuary singers, for that beautiful rendition of it.  

That song will always make me think of a play I did a few times as a child in the community theater of my hometown called “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”.  

Liberating Light – Rev. Kristin G. Schmidt

A friend of mine, years ago, used to go regularly and see experimental dance in Chicago. Her absolute favorite was when two dancers came on stage facing away from each other. A third dancer came out in the middle and gave them both the same instructions. Then the dancers would do what they believed they’d been told to do. But their performances always unfolded differently. Even though they’d been given the same instructions, they interpreted them in unique ways. It’s amazing how two people can experience the same thing in completely different ways. 

What the Dickens – Rev. Caitlin Cotter Coillberg

There is something about this season, isn’t there? Something magic in the decorations that go up around town and in our homes and this sanctuary. 

Something magic about the carols we sing and crafts we make and the goodies that are baked. 

In this season, especially, it’s good when we can, “Sing we joyous all together, heedless of the wind and weather” as we will at the end of the service.