Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
In the Unitarian tradition, we affirm that Jesus was a powerful teacher, and we can find inspiration in the dedication with which he lived his principles—and even died for them. We also affirm, though, that "each night a child is born is a holy night." The great UU educator Sophia Lyons Fahs put it best:
For so the children come
And so they have been coming.
Always in the same way they come—
Born of the seed of man and woman.
No angels herald their beginnings
No prophets predict their future courses
No wise men see a star to show
where to find the babe that will save humankind
Yet each night a child is born is a holy night.
Fathers and mothers—sitting beside their children's cribs—
feel glory in the sight of a new life beginning.
They ask, "Where and how will this new life end?
Or will it ever end?"
Each night a child is born is a holy night—
A time for singing,
A time for wondering,
A time for worshipping.
On Christmas Eve, through story and song, with carols and candlelight, we'll open ourselves to the wonder of Christmas come again. The service begins at 7:00pm, and will conclude by 8:15pm.
Wishing you great joy and deep peace in the days ahead.
In faith and love,