Tis the Season!!!!


Tis the Season!!!!


The Touchstone Ministry theme for December is Peace, bringing to mind the words of my colleague Rev. Victoria Stafford.

Now is the moment of magic,

when the whole, round earth turns again toward the sun,

      and here’s a blessing:

the days will be longer and brighter now,

even before the winter settles in to chill us.

Now is the moment of magic,

when people beaten down and broken,

with nothing left but misery and candles and their own clear voices,

kindle tiny lights and whisper secret music,

      and here’s a blessing:

the dark universe is suddenly illuminated by the lights of the menorah,

suddenly ablaze with the lights of the kinara,

and the whole world is glad and loud with winter singing.

Now is the moment of magic,

when an eastern star beckons the ignorant toward an unknown goal,

      and here’s a blessing:

they find nothing in the end but an ordinary baby,

born at midnight, born in poverty, and the baby’s cry, like bells ringing,

makes people wonder as they wander through their lives,

what human love might really look like,

sound like,

feel like.

Now is the moment of magic,

      and here’s a blessing:

we already possess all the gifts we need;

we’ve already received our presents:

ears to hear music,

eyes to behold lights,

hands to build true peace on earth

and to hold each other tight in love.

(Source: https://www.uua.org/worship/words/meditation/moment-of-magic)

Moments of magic abound in this congregation at this time of year.  I hope that you will avail yourself and invite your family and friends to experience as many of them as you can!  Please join us for any or all of the following!

  • Sunday morning, December 9 at 10 am, for “Finding the Tao in the Hundred Acre Wood”.  This service will include a Blessing of Stuffed Animals & Dolls. We invite you to bring a favorite stuffed friend to church and enjoy this opportunity to honor all that which brings us comfort and joy this time of year.
  • Sunday morning, December 16 at 10 am, we will honor and explore the Mexican tradition of “Posadas Navideñas” (The Traveler’s Tale)
  • Sunday morning, December 23 at 10 am, we will honor the Winter Solstice with a multi-generational service centered on the tale of “The Yule Fairies”.
  • Sunday afternoon, December 23 at 4 pm, we will honor the season of winter holidays at our ANNUAL HOLIDAY VESPERS SERVICE & TEA.  This is our biggest service of the year that includes our Children’s Choir, Adult Choir, Soloists, Children’s Pageant, and Candlelight Ceremony.  We will then gather in Fellowship Hall for our grand ANNUAL VESPERS TEA!  See the newsletter next week for invitations to bring a goodie to share and join us for a wonderful time to connect again with friends near and far.
  • Monday evening, December 24 at 5 pm, Aaron and Matt will lead a traditional Carols & Lessons Christmas Eve Service at First Presbyterian Church.  At 7 PM we will gather at UUCW for our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE “Hark the Herald, Angels Sing” featuring various soloists, readings for the season, a seasonal meditation and candle-lighting ceremony.
  • Tuesday, December 25 at 10 am, you are invited to join Aaron and other area ministers as well as members and friends from area congregations for a CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE at Bethel Lutheran Church in Auburn, MA.
  • Sunday, December 30 at 10 am, please join our Guest Minister, Jennifer Innis for our last service of 2018.  Also, Aaron will be leading the 10 am worship service at First Presbyterian Church of Worcester.

Join us for what looks to be a wonderful series of “magical moments” this year!