“Coming Home”

In what is becoming a tradition on the first Sunday in December, we welcome our friends from Groundworks Collaborative.  Join us as we celebrate their vital work creating solutions to hunger and homelessness, and building a community in which all people have their basic needs met.

We anticipate that this service will be both in-person and on Zoom. Click right here Sunday shortly before 10:00 a.m. to join via Zoom. Click here to read our protocols for in-person attendance.When attending in person, please completely power off your cell phone during the service to preserve the Church’s WiFi bandwidth for our Zoom attendees.

“Coming Home”

Order of Service
December 4, 2022


Announcements and Board Greeting                     Elizabeth Lewis      

Prelude: Adagio, Octet in F (“Prayer”)    Franz Schubert
  Lakshmi Dasari, cello; Eva Greene, piano

Chalice Lighting by  Jean L. Wahlstrom                 Trish Murtha
In this small flame dwell the beacon light of lanterns guiding travelers home; the warmth of hearth fires tended through the generations.  May these blessings be kindled in each of us.                              

Lighting our Children’s Chalice
We light this chalice to celebrate Unitarian Universalism. We are the church of the open minds. We are the church of the helping hands. We are the church of the loving hearts.                                                                                 

Opening Words                                                                  Karen Tyler

Opening Song: “Until the Dark Time Ends” by Alouette Iselin 
Led by Steve Squires and Marie Gorst

1. Now is the dark time and the cold time too,
Gather round, circle of friends
The comfort of singing voices will see us through,
Until the dark time ends.

Until the dark time ends,
Until the dark time ends.
We need the comfort of singing voices,
Until the dark time ends.

2. We give each other company,
Gather round, circle of friends
Singing in sweet harmony,
Until the dark time ends.

3. In a cage of bone we keep our wings,
Gather round, circle of friends
If we would fly, then we all must sing,
Until the dark time ends.

Story for All Ages: “December” by Eve Bunting
                  Read by Ellie Weiss      

Anthem: “Remembering Decembers” words and music by Pinkzebra
                               All Souls Choir, Tom Baehr, Director
Offering Guest Speaker: Jon Hoover, Director of Operations, Groundworks Collaborative 

Inviting the Offering

Offertory:   “December”  from The Seasons    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
                          Eva Greene, piano  

Reflection on Joys and Concerns                                

Affirmation:  Love Is Our Greatest Purpose [adapted from Jay Abernathy]
We affirm that love is our greatest purpose.
Accepting one another is the truest form of faithful living.
The search for truth is our constant star.
We pledge our hearts, minds, and hands:
To challenge injustice with courage;
To find hope in times of fear;
And to live out our values every day as a beloved community.
Thus do we covenant with each other and with all that is sacred in life.

Closing Song:  “The Solstice Song” by Alouette Iselin 
                          Led by Steve Squires and Marie Gorst

Let me come in and share your light
for I’m without a friend tonight.
Let me come in and share your light
and a warm place by your fire.

1. It looks so golden warm within
sheltered from the winter wind,
songs and laughter, friends and kin
have brought me to your door.

2. Open your door, for here I stand
my only gift is my empty hand,
an empty heart and broken plans,
this dark day of the year.

3. I am without a home today
and soon I will be on my way.
I only ask you to let me stay
for an hour by your fire.

Extinguishing the Chalice                          Trish Murtha

We extinguish this flame, but we carry it in our hearts to lighten the darkness of winter and to bring hope to those who despair.                                       

Closing Circle: “Carry the Flame of Peace and Love” (sung two times)


“You will fear the darkness only to the extent that you yourself are not providing light.”

– Marianne Williamson

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