The Gift of Mystery


We will celebrate the last Sunday of the year by hearing Voices from the Congregation. In this service, several participants will read passages and reflect on the value that can be found in the state of not knowing, of accepting ambiguity and wonder.

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“The Gift of Mystery”
Worship Leader: Christina Gibbons
Speakers: Ross Gibson, Elizabeth Lewis, 
Catie G. Berg
Greeter: Lois Reynolds

Order of Service
Sunday, December 31, 2023

Board Welcome & Announcements                                                 Carla Fogg

Prelude no. 1 in C Major          J.S. Bach
Eva Greene, piano

Chalice Lighting  Rev. Joan Javier-Duval
We gather in community to be reminded of what is most ultimate and what is most sacred. In this spirit of searching and of reverence, let us worship together this morning.

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 Hymn  #389  Gathered Here

Story for All Ages:  I Wonder
text by  Annaka Harris, illustrations by John Rowe
read by Janis Chaillou

Opening Words                                                                     Christina  Gibbons
Mystery of the Small                                                                      Ross Gibson

Responsive Reading: Seeds of Stillness                              The  Kripalu Staff
Quiet inner reflection in snow
incubation of deep intention
noticing rather than doing
the great pause
small moments of stillness can go a long way
resting, acceptance, letting go, silence
hope of softening
just be in the midst of all that is swirling within and around us
dancing in small spaces
ripe with grace and potential
everything begins in stillness
feeling and allowing quiet grace to resonate
being content
the internal heart fire
winter breathe us into quiet
be present and open to grace.

Every Angel is Terrible                                                               Elizabeth Lewis

What Now?                                                                                    Catie G. Berg

Hymn #205  Amazing Grace 

Offering for the benefit of The MInister’s Discretionary Fund   

Offertory      The Music Box         Anatoly Lyadov
Eva Greene, piano

Honoring the Candles of Joys and Concerns      

Closing Hymn #350   The Ceaseless Flow of Endless Time

Extinguishing the Chalice   Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement… get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.                                                          

*Closing Circle
“Carry the flame of peace and love
until we meet again.”                                 
*Please join in standing as you are able.

Blessing   Gregory Jones
May we be awed by the great miracles of light and life,
and faithfully nurture the mystery and magic of wonder. 

Coffee Hour and Conversation