This Sunday’s Service – Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20 Service at 10:30 AM

Lois Markham

Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a towering beacon in the fight for justice for all. Dr. King’s words and deeds are inspiring, familiar, and comforting in their familiarity. Perhaps they are too comforting, for they speak to a time more than 50 years past. Much has changed in the 50 years since Dr. King’s death. What would Dr. King ask of us today? I believe we honor Dr. King most when we continue his work, rather than enshrine it. I believe Dr. King would ask us to listen to the voices of those who have come after him, seeking justice. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., we will hear some of the voices of today’s black leaders and what they are asking of us, as UUs, as allies, as members of the Beloved Community.

This Sunday’s Service – Where’s Justice in Central America?

January 13 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard

In early January, the minister from the Marblehead Church and I are taking a group of young adults on a service trip to Guatemala. My daughter is among the young adults going. There, we will work in an orphanage, and also with a non-profit to install needed cisterns. Come hear of our travels through a land where a caravan of peoples have marched on a path to a better life. The story behind our sisters and brothers from Central America comes with a long history of devastating poverty, and people seeking work. Hear how their story changed us.

The Singing Group will sing music of Jason Shelton and Joyce Poley, two composers who have composed a treasure chest of Unitarian Universalist music.

This Sunday’s Service – Inside the Mantle of Nature

January 6 Service at 10:30 AM

Barbara R. Bodengraven

If you’ve ever dreamed of creating your own private retreat, you are not alone. Topsfield writer and spiritual retreat leader Barbara R. Bodengraven shares her own as well as others’ stories about building and retreating to a sacred space for meditation, writing, and reflection. Come prepared to participate in a short writing session following her presentation.

Judy Putnam will provide piano music to enhance the meditative mood of this morning’s service.

This Sunday’s Service – Thinking New Year

December 30 Service at 10:30 AM

Peter VanDeBogert

We will explore leftover feelings, reactions and ideas from Christmas and, if possible put them in the context of the New Year. This is a time when we take stock of past the year – or years – and look ahead to next month, the next year and the next decade. There will be ample opportunity to share.

We will also be writing statements about where we are in our lives, then sealing them in envelopes to be opened at next year’s service.

Judy Putnam will play selected piano music to augment our annual New Year’s Sunday service.

Christmas Services

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Monday, December 24, at 6:00 PM

Calm and Bright, 200 years of Silent Night

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

Feel the spiritually renewing magical powers of worshipping together by candlelight on Christmas Eve. Come to a multigenerational worship celebration where we will celebrate a very special anniversary: 200 years wonderful years of singing Silent Night! Join us for this special service that can warm your heart throughout the year.

Christmas Sunday Service, Sunday, December 23, at 10:30 AM

Home by Another Way

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

We hope you will join us for a new Christmas story by Barbara Brown Taylor that follows the Three Wise Men on a world-changing journey. This version of the old tale captures the power of one very special star and gives us a new perspective on the Three Wise Men and their encounters with King Herod (who had breath that smelled like Pine-Sol), a gracious Mary and Joseph, and Baby Jesus who was not afraid of these three strangers or their strange gifts.



Members of the Singing Group will blend their voices in small groups
with songs about what we seek and what we find in the story of the birth of a baby.

Winter Solstice Service

December 21 Service at 6:30 PM

Religious Services–Solstice Sub-Committee

This quiet service will honor the natural cycles of the earth. Beginning with the burning of the Yule log on the patio, we will proceed with candles into the sanctuary to sit in a circle as we join together with music, poetry, and personal reflections, honoring both Mother Earth and our own faith in her steadfastness. This service is appropriate for adults and children who can settle in the dark quietude.

We will have a Sunday service on December 23rd and our annual Christmas Eve service on December 24th.

This Sunday’s Service – There’s Music in the Air

December 16 Service at 10:30 AM

Music Service presented by Music Ministry

Northshore Church’s music ministry presents the annual all-music service with sounds of the holidays. Take a break from the holiday madness and join us for a time of uplifting music and readings. You will enjoy the music of the Singing Group, SoulSong, Hand Bell Choir, a piano selection by Judy Putnam and Genevieve Moen on flute. May there be a song in your heart.