Sunday, December 4th—9:15 and 11:00 a.m.
Pulpit Guest: The Rev. Ron Ballew, Worship Coordinator: Quinn Bennett
The Rev. Ron Ballew is a minister in the United Church of Christ and has 22 years of experience in parish ministry. Ron is passionate about urban ministry and social justice. This year, in the time leading up to the memorial service of Jay Anderson, the young black man who was killed by the Wauwatosa police in June, Rev. Ballew was called upon to minister with Jay’s family. He shares with us today personal thoughts about Black Lives Matter and the spiritual journey of social justice work. Special music today from Jennifer Nicolosi, Lead Music Director.
Sunday, December 11th—9:15 and 11:00 a.m.
Ruben Piirainen, Music Director, and the UUCW Adult Choir, with the Revs. Suzelle Lynch and Joyce Palmer
Take in some holiday joy and be transported across a winter wonderland! With music from the UUCW Adult Choir, spanning Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Winter Solstice, we explore the theme of light overcoming shadows and darkness. From the luminous "Northern Lights" by reigning choral composer extraordinaire Ola Gjeilo, to the poignant yet forgotten jewel, "Christmas" by Kyle Matthews, you’ll be inspired by this time to reflect on the presence of light in our lives during a dark month. As one of the songs proclaims, "shadows on the world before shall shadows be no more." We ask ourselves, how do I shine my light into the world? This lovely annual service is a wonderful opportunity to bring friends to UUCW.
Sunday, December 18th—9:15 and 11:00 a.m.
The Rev. Suzelle Lynch, and Maria O’Connor, Director of Religious Education, with the EarthSpirit Team, Dancers and Solstice Singers
The Winter Solstice, the rebirth of the sun, is an important turning point in the wheel of the year. It’s a “seed time,” the longest night and the shortest day, where the Great Goddess once again becomes the Great Mother and gives birth to the new Sun King. In a poetic sense, it is on this the longest night of the winter, “the dark night of our souls,” that there springs the new spark of hope, the Sacred Fire, the Light of the World. Today, we offer our traditional Winter Solstice ritual, with stories, drumming, dancing, and “bringing the light,” in a community of all ages. Nursery and preschool care provided today.
Saturday, December 24th—4:00 and 8:00 p.m.
The Revs. Joyce Palmer and Suzelle Lynch, with Jennifer Nicolosi, Lead Music Director and the Christmas Choir and Ensemble
Tonight we call ourselves to be fully present in community, to seek the deeper presence at the heart of Christmas. With carols old and new, readings light-hearted and serious, and words of reflection from Rev. Suzelle, we honor this ancient holiday in our modern context. Special Music at 4:00 p.m. from the Christmas Choir, and at 8 :00 p.m. from the Christmas Ensemble and soloists. Note: Please plan to arrive early for the 4:00 pm service, and please invite your friends and neighbors, too!
Sunday, December 25th—One service: 1:00 p.m.
The Rev. Suzelle Lynch and Ruben Piirainen, Music Director
Rev. Suzelle and pianist extraordinaire Ruben Piirainen are hosting an early-afternoon “informal service” of fabulous Christmas carols, both sacred and secular, with yummy kringle, coffee, cocoa, and you! You can even bring the kids in their jammies if you’d like. Enjoy the warmth of all-ages singing and sharing in community. P.S. We might just have a visit from the jolly white-bearded guy in the red suit…