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Events under 'Sunday Services'
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Event Name

Date

Still: Let the Stillness

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

As we continue our “Still” series this week, I will invite each of us to consider anew how we engage the holidays and holy days that make up this time of year. While this season can offer many meaningful moments to connect with our nearest and dearest, the weight of expectations and excess often gets in the way of our connecting to what is most important.

As a congregation, we offer a number of special services to help support you on this journey:

I hope you include these special services this year, as a way of seeking out deeper meaning in this season. In whatever ways you celebrate, may the coming days and weeks connect you with a renewed sense of love and hope in your life.

This Sunday we’ll entertain the possibility that there are more enriching ways to journey through the holidays.

In faith and love,
Shawn

 

Please Enter in Quiet

For the "Still" series of worship services during the month of December, we'll enter the sanctuary in silence, and enjoy a few minutes of quiet reflection before our service begins. Feel free to meet and greet your friends in Workman Hall or the narthex beforehand. We hope you enjoy these times of quiet during the holiday season.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Peace and Quiet

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Sunday, December 16, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hope: Solstice Vespers (6 pm)

Sermon by Rev. Lynn Harrison.

We’ll celebrate the Winter Solstice with candlelight, Celtic music, and the ritual of traveling the evergreen spiral, to honour the deep darkness of late-December before marking the Turning of the Wheel that brings our world back to light.

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Friday, December 21, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Hope: Solstice Vespers (8 pm)

Sermon by Rev. Lynn Harrison.

We’ll celebrate the Winter Solstice with candlelight, Celtic music, and the ritual of traveling the evergreen spiral, to honour the deep darkness of late-December before marking the Turning of the Wheel that brings our world back to light.

View the Order of Service.

Friday, December 21, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Still: Carry Me

Sermon by Rev. Lynn Harrison.

As a congregation, we offer a number of special services to help support you on this journey:

I hope you include these special services this year, as a way of seeking out deeper meaning in this season. In whatever ways you celebrate, may the coming days and weeks connect you with a renewed sense of love and hope in your life.

View the Order of Service.

 

Please Enter in Quiet

For the "Still" series of worship services during the month of December, we'll enter the sanctuary in silence, and enjoy a few minutes of quiet reflection before our service begins. Feel free to meet and greet your friends in Workman Hall or the narthex beforehand. We hope you enjoy these times of quiet during the holiday season.

Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Peace and Quiet

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Sunday, December 23, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

We’ll welcome the arrival of Christmas with marvelous music from our choir and resident musicians, traditional carols, a ritual candle-lighting ceremony, readings and Rev. Shawn’s sermon “Calm and Bright” that will speak to the yearning for peace at the heart of this holiday.

A reception with cider and sweets will follow the service in Workman Hall.

Childcare will be available, starting at 6:45pm.

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Monday, December 24, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Fire Communion Service

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

This coming Sunday, we'll gather for our annual Fire Communion Service. Like the Roman god Janus with his two faces pointing in different directions—one toward the past, the other toward the future—we will take time to reflect on the year that has been and give thought to the hopes we carry with us into the year ahead.

A key part of our fire communion tradition involves reflecting on our regrets and releasing them to the past; this year, as always, we will give thought to how we might move beyond the burdens of our mistakes and failings as we set our intentions for the new year.

Over the next couple of days, we hope you’ll consider what hurts or bad habits, what regrets or resentments, you're ready to relinquish to the past; and we hope, too, that you'll open your heart to the possibilities you aspire to bring into being in the coming year.

Wishing each of you the very best for 2019.

In faith and love,
Shawn and Lynn

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Sunday, December 30, 2018 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Peace and Quiet

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Sunday, December 30, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Lives Lived

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton & Rev. Lynn Harisson.

A service to reflect on the enduring meaning of the lives of the famous, the infamous, and the not-so-well-known who died in 2018.

On Sunday, Rev. Lynn Harrison and I will offer a series of short eulogies, as we look to the lives of a number of people—the famous and the not-so-famous—who died in 2018. We will offer tributes to lives lived that made an enduring impact in our world, from Anthony Bourdain and Burt Reynolds to Ursula Le Guin and Winnie Mandela. Our resident musicians will offer music by Aretha Franklin and Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries. While it may seem strange to attend a service packed with eulogies, we trust it will be a life-affirming experience for us all as we lift up compelling and complicated examples of lives lived well.

In faith and love,
Shawn

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Sunday, January 06, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Peace and Quiet

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Sunday, January 06, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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World's Slowest Roller Coaster

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

Change is the most basic fact of life. As the words on the Queen Street Bridge poignantly put it: “The river I step in is not the river I stand in.” Or, as Heraclitus, the ancient Greek philosopher, worded it long ago: “change alone is unchanging.”

This week we launch a six-week series on change. Over the coming weeks, we will engage with many aspects of change through a variety of contexts. This Sunday, I’ll be reflecting in my sermon on how we determine the conditions when change can be undertaken with intention and purpose—and how to manage when change is completely out of our control, and we simply have to go with the flow. During the services in this series, we will offer a new ritual—an opportunity to drop pebbles in water and consider, with the ripples that radiate out, how our lives are changing from week to week.

This Sunday (following the service), I will begin a two-month break, as I step away from the day-to-day life of the congregation, to replenish my own well, make progress on some pressing goals in my academic work, and prepare for some projects related to First Unitarian, including the launch of the podcast I’m working on with Tracey Erin Smith. I deeply appreciate this opportunity to attend to my spirit and well-being, and am excited about the ways this time away will help me to nourish the life of First on my return. I will be back to lead services on two Sundays in February. In the meantime, I wish you all a wonderful winter!

In faith and love,
Shawn

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Sunday, January 13, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Peace and Quiet

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Sunday, January 13, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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What, Me Change?

Sermon by Rev. Lynn Harrison.

We know that change is a natural and inevitable part of life. But when it comes to our own lives, it might come as a surprise…and, sometimes, a struggle.

Personal change isn’t always easy, and at many stages of life, we can be caught up in changes we didn’t choose or expect.

On the journey of spiritual growth, we can learn to respond to change in new ways, that can change us for the better.

As we continue with our worship series on change this week, we’ll provide the opportunity once again to light candles for joy or concern, or place stones in water to mark where we stand today in the ever-transforming river of life.

In addition to reflecting on our worship theme with words, I’ll add music to my sermon this week. Also, we’ll hear a beautifully uplifting piece from the First Unitarian choir, to inspire us toward all the positive changes we hope for our lives.

Rev. Lynn

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Sunday, January 20, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Peace and Quiet

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Sunday, January 20, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Looking Beyond the Great Change

Sermon by Rev. Peter Hughes.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Peace and Quiet

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Change Is Gonna Come

Sermon by Rev. Lynn Harrison.

Back in the Sixties, Sam Cooke wrote a song of longing and hope that became a soul classic—and that still rings true today, as we seek a turning of the world toward justice.

We’ll hear that song on Sunday, as we reflect on our response to changes taking place in the world. These days, our longing for positive change may be more powerful than ever—and many of us may be experiencing heightened anxiety or fears about the future.

Some of the changes taking place today are the ones we long for, while others are those we fear.

We’ll hear wisdom from teachers who offer their reflections on changes both challenging and transformative, and who suggest ways we can respond, to bring about the changes we most deeply seek. There will be music, poetry and time for reflection.

This is the fourth Sunday in our series on “Change”—and as we’ve reflected each week, change is a continual, ever-present part of life. Change is indeed going to come, and it’s taking place always. I’m grateful to be in this river of change with each of you.

See you on Sunday,
Rev. Lynn

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Sunday, February 03, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Peace and Quiet (7 pm)

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Sunday, February 03, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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All Kinds of Love

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

Though I’m away from the day-to-day life of the congregation, I look forward to returning this Sunday morning to share in our annual “All Kinds of Love” Sunday. Though Valentine’s is often thought of as a day to celebrate romantic love, we mark the Sunday closest to Valentine’s by celebrate all kinds of love. As this service falls in our Change series this winter, we’ll be looking at love through the prism of change.

Sunday’s service will be a marvelous mix of moving music and powerful poems that speak to the love found (and lost) in many different types of relationships. The poetry will range from Naomi Shihab Nye to Ellen Bass to Derek Walcott. And the music, and there will be lots of it(!), will be presented by Dallas, Adam, and our Resident Musicians, who have been asked to share some of their favourite songs on the topic of love. It will be a great feast of music!

Happy Valentine’s!

In faith and love,
Shawn

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Sunday, February 10, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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