This year, we are taking our monthly themes from “Soul Matters”, a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations who follow the same themes for the purpose of sharing worship, music, religious education and small group resources.
Unless otherwise noted, services include sermons preached by the Rev. Andrew Clive Millard and take place at 9:30am and 11:15am on Sundays.
December 1st: “What Are We Waiting For?”
Advent is a time of waiting in preparation for Christmas. We may mark that time by lighting the candles on an Advent wreath and by opening the doors on an Advent calendar. Is that all there is when it comes to waiting, though? What might we do to prepare ourselves for what is to come?
December 8th: “‘Tis the Season”
The best of Christmas invites us to celebrate the best of our humanity. From faith, hope and love to peace, joy and generosity, the values lifted up by the holidays call us to live into our better selves, and not just for a few weeks but for the whole year. Let’s reflect on how we can do that together.
December 15th: “Night Magic”
When do you feel the presence of the Divine or your communion with your own soul? Many things can cause us to sense our spiritual self more acutely then we normally do. Jim Sanderson will explore through readings and a homily how the Night can awaken him to the wonder of all.
UUFP President Jim Sanderson is a long-time Unitarian Universalist. He has served as chair of the Sunday Services Committee, as Vice President, and as a Fellowship Circle facilitator. Before joining the Fellowship, Jim was the minister of the Jenkins UU Fellowship in Petersburg and served as chair of the Religious Education Committee at First UU in Richmond.
7pm on Tuesday December 17th: “Blue Holidays”
Sometimes the holidays are hard, but we often put pressure on ourselves to “be jolly”, at least around others. It might be helpful to acknowledge our complex feelings about the holidays. Come light a candle, share a memory, support a friend. Bring a meaningful ornament, the photo of a loved one, a token of hope for the future, or simply the gift of your presence.
Childcare will be available, and tea and cookies will be offered after the service.
December 22nd: “Measure in Love”
How do you love? Does love hold you, fill you, fling you into the world? Whom do you love? Are there family members or friends, close to you or far away, living or departed, their faces in your heart? Does your love reach out, to heal, to comfort, to feed the hungry and warm the cold?
Special music will be provided by the fabulous ChorUUs!
Christmas Eve Services!
5pm on Tuesday December 24th: “The Story of Christmas”
7pm on Tuesday December 24th: “Wise Women Know Better”
We hold two services on Christmas Eve! The earlier is a family service using puppets to tell the story of the birth of Jesus, reflecting on the joy and hope this story can bring to our lives; the later tells a modern story of the magi and how they might have needed some help to make their journey. Each service features traditional Christmas carols and concludes with the beloved ceremony of passing the flame.
At both services, special music for Christmas will be provided by the UUFP Winds!
December 29th: “Of Time and Family”
As we look ahead to new year, let’s pause to reflect on the joys and sorrows of the year that is now coming to a close. We’ll remember those in our community who died, whose absences we feel in our hearts, and we’ll celebrate the new lives amongst us with the ceremony of child dedication.