How do we sing when our hearts ache, when madness seems to reign?
How do we sing in the face of tragedy and horrific violence?
How do we sing when young children are slaughtered?
How do we sing when a human being gets so lost?
How do we sing when things are incomprehensible, when we are so confused and sad and angry?
Sing and let tears fall.
Sing for all the loss.
Sing and mourn.
Sing for the families.
Sing for the school and the community.
Sing for love to be stronger than death.
Sing for the pain and the preciousness of life.
Sing for the weary world, for its woes and suffering.
Sing to hear the angels sing peace and good will.
Sing for comfort.
Sing for courage.
Sing and strengthen your voice to demand gun control and regulation.
Sing for every child,
for every parent,
for every teacher.
Sing for families.
Sing for survivors.
Sing to quiet fears.
Sing to restore the soul.
Sing, for music heals.
Sing for sweet moments, small kindnesses, abiding love.
Sing for life.
Sing for all that makes our days good.
Sing to rekindle light and hope.
Sing for the reassuring touch of hands.
Sing for loving memories of grandparents and parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Sing for rivers of love that can’t be held in place but are flowing together,
making you feel endless, connection; you to all, you to everything.
Sing. Music brings us together.
Sing to encourage one another’s strengths.
Sing to see each person for who she or he truly is and can be.
Sing to inspire all of us to be our best, our most compassionate, our most loving.
Sing to care for one another.
Sing to make loving community.
Sing for life’s spirit alive in you.
Sing at life’s passages. At bedsides, sing lullabies, sing blessings.
Sing and tell your children, grandchildren, family, you love them.
Sing love of one another.
Sing for each life.
Sing for the whole human family.
Sing for creation.
Sing for the wonderful and even the difficult challenges in relationships,
the constant, continual opportunities to keep growing.
Sing in Sunday Services.
Where else do you join your voice with others in song?
Sing for risking and reaching out to make connection.
No telling what might happen if you walk across this room
to meet someone new to you, to introduce yourself.
Sing heedless of the wind and weather.
Sing prayers. Sing praise. Sing gratitude.
Sing humor and truth.
Sing we joyous all together.
Sing for joy, laughter and playfulness.
Sing Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly.
Sing We Three Kings of Porridge and Tar.
Sometimes even when we don’t get the lyrics, our spirits sing.
Oh, What fun it is to ride with one horse, soap and hay.
And with the jelly toast proclaim
Olive, the other reindeer… You’ll go down in Listerine.
Sing to keep joy in the world.
Sing to lift your spirits.
Sing, Sing, Sing!
Sing for goodness’ sake.
Sing and bring our gifts in service to the world.
Sing for our power to partner with others in the larger community as a mighty force for justice and action.
Sing for making loving community and living that love in the world.
[music begins, a medley of beloved hymns]
Sing for the power of music to touch the soul.
Sing for wholeness and holiness.
Sing. Music comforts fears and loneliness and loss.
Sing, for with music, it gets better.
Music reminds us of what we hold dear.
Music soothes our weariness, our troubles.
Music takes us where words cannot.
[Music continues without any words]
Sing for peace on earth, good will to all. [Music continues.] Amen.
Worship at UUCB
Sundays in December
September—May Worship at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Summer Worship at 10:00 a.m. May 18 - August 31
December’s Theme: “Stories”
Sunday, December 7: The Last Straw - an Intergenerational Worship service that features the epic journey of Hoshmakatu the Camel who is called to carry the gifts of the Magi. Hoshmakatu is an old camel who was never particularly thoughtful or generous of spirit. Come to learn the interesting reasons why he goes and the life-changing things he learns on the way. QUESTION: We all get 'set in our ways' from time to time. What has the power to get us to live lives larger than we previously thought?
Sunday, December 14: Holiday Wars - Every year just before Christmas religious conservatives announce there is a 'War on Christmas!' Christmas, they claim, is being dishonored and shortchanged because it isn't allowed to reign supreme over other religious holidays. But there is something we all lose in this holiday hoopla. This is an open letter to conservative talk show host Bill O'Reilly. QUESTION: Is there tension between Christmas and other cultural winter holidays and, if so, what is at the heart of that tension?
Sunday, December 21: The Straight Skinny on the Fat Man in Red - Who is Santa Claus? St. Nick? The jolliest of all Christmas ambassadors? What have we been told about him and what's really true. What's important for us to know as we try to separate fact from fiction? QUESTION: Does a story have to be 'factual' in order to be 'true'?
Wednesday, December 24 – 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Family Service - In this family friendly traditional Christmas Pageant, we will ALL get a chance to participate and celebrate the great journey to Christmas. Everyone is welcome to come participate (dress in costume) to bring to life the story of a holy family travelling with shepherds, donkeys, wise men, stars, angels, cats, penguins, and even aardvarks.
Wednesday, December 24 – 10:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - In this beautiful and moving service we will enjoy lessons and carols where we will learn to see ourselves in each of the characters travelling to Bethlehem. Come, follow a star and travel to this place of good cheer where love and hope is born.
One Service Only - Sunday, December 28 at 11:00 a.m.
To the Other Side - Liberals are pretty much alike everywhere, in Transylvania and in the US: stand on the side of love, represent the countercultural opposition to oppression in society, sing songs like Come, Come, Whoever You Are. And we are pretty serious about it. In the closeness of the New Year, we see even clearer now: the most important things in life meet us unprepared, and we still have to respond to them, immediately. It’s not the preparation, but our presence that makes the difference, the courage to get into the storm, to the other side.
Rev. Dr. Szabolcs (Szabi) Czire is a core faculty member at the Protestant Theological Institute in Kolozsvar (Cluj-Napoca), Romania. He teaches Biblical studies, hermeneutics, meditation-relaxation, and religious sociology. He is currently a research scholar at Starr King School for the Ministry
After his seminary graduation in 1996, he was minister for three years in a small congregation in South Transylvania. He spent 1999-2000 study year at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. In 2005 as a “Emily Sharp Scholar,” he visited Oxford and Manchester in the UK. He completed his PhD dissertation in 2007 on historical Jesus research. He also has a BA in sociology.
About Worship at UUCB
Worship is at the heart of our community. Worship refreshes us and we take a deep breath and rest from our daily lives. Worship refreshes when it comforts us in difficult times, when it celebrates with us our joys, and when it challenges us and names what has been avoided. Worship reminds us of who we are, what we can become, how we want to live, what we hope to give to the community and the world.
In our worship services, we laugh and cry and are reminded of what is deepest and dearest. Worship engages our minds and hearts and bodies with wisdom from the world’s religions, the words and deeds of prophetic and poetic women and men, experiences of life’s twists and turns and transcending mystery and wonder. Together we reverence living and dying, mark joy and pain and promise. We celebrate hope and liberation, recovery and possibility.
Worship strengthens us to live out our Unitarian Universalist principles in our families, neighborhoods, work lives, church, and world. Worship inspires us to create the Beloved Community and live lives of integrity, joy, and service.
Our Sunday Services, held from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to noon, are joyous gatherings of the community in our Sanctuary. Our Thursday Vesper services from 7:00 to 7:25 p.m. in the Fireside Room provide a mid-week opportunity for refreshing your spirit.
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