This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Make Your Own Bible

January 10 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Jennifer Revill

In 1836, Ralph Waldo Emerson tempted his readers with a challenge: he suggested that they “make their own bibles.” By this he meant to collate one’s personal reflections with meaningful selections from the literature and religious works of the world, to create a highly personalized sacred text. Since the Fall of 2019, four of us have been meeting in a small group ministry setting to explore what it means to each of us to make our own bibles. Jennifer Revill, Marty Langlois, Emeline Walker, and Holly Willsey-Walker will offer excerpts from their own personal “bibles,” along with some thoughts on the spiritual nature of this process, and how it can shape one’s view of the world.

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This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Beginning Anew

January 3 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Rev. Carol Strecker, Interim Minister

Thich Nhat Hanh writes, “Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift!” As we perch on the leading edge of a whole new year, what are the possibilities for beginning anew?

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This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Thinking New Year

December 27 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Peter VanDeBogert

The post-Christmas, pre-New Year service will include readings and the opportunity to zoom-share our thoughts on the holidays, past, present and future.

It will also involve the opening of envelopes containing your statements written a year ago and writing new statements for next year. I will mail your statements to you ahead of time.

For those of you that didn’t attend last year, you will have the opportunity to write down your thoughts and feelings and possibly resolutions this year, seal the envelope and keep it until next year. Please have pen and paper ready.

If newbies find this confusing, I promise it won’t be once you’re “there.”

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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

December 24 Service at 6:00 PM on Zoom

Rev. Carol Strecker, Interim Minister

We’ll welcome Christmas with candles, music, and readings, celebrating the light born of hope in the birth of every child. We’ll tell the ancient story of Jesus’ humble birth and light candles for the birth of every child born since last Christmas Eve.

We can’t gather in person this Christmas, but we will make candles for our beautiful candle lighting ceremony available so everyone can light a candle at home. It won’t be quite the same, but I promise you it will be the same light.

“Every night a child is born is a holy night” – Sophia Lyon Fahs, Unitarian Religious Educator

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Winter Solstice Celebration

December 21 Service at 5:00 PM on Zoom

Rev. Carol Strecker, Interim Minister

Join Rev. Carol to virtually welcome in Yuletide of the year. It doesn’t look like it’s going to be a good idea to gather in person for this annual NSUU Church ritual but we can still gather around a fire to warm our hearts in each other’s company as we celebrate the gifts of darkness and light on this the longest night of the year.

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This Sunday’s Virtual Service – The Power of Peace

December 20 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Rev. Carol Strecker, Interim Minister

Vietnamese Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh says that we can create true peace that can be a powerful force in our lives and in our world. True peace isn’t passive. Thich Nhat Hanh says, “To practice peace, to make peace alive in us, is to actively cultivate understanding, love and compassion, even in the face of misconception and conflict. Practicing peace, especially in times of war, requires courage.” How do we cultivate peace, especially in such turbulent times? And why is it so important, especially now?

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This Sunday’s Virtual Service – The Gift of Music

December 13 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Northshore UU Church Music Ministry

Helen Brandt, Music Director

This Sunday is our annual All-Music Service. The musicians of NSUU are delighted to come together to share the enduring power of music as it helps to sustain our hope during a dark time. Join us for carols led by the members of the Singing Group as well as piano music by Judy Putnam and Andrea Kaiser; vocal solos by Terri Hansen, Jennifer Revill, Helen Brandt, Gary Nelson and Rev Carol, and the Singing Group’s labor of love to blend their voices together in audio editing software.

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This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Take Joy

December 6 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Rev. Carol Strecker, Interim Minister

In the Christian tradition, Advent is a season of waiting and anticipation for something new to be born into the world and in us. During the four weeks leading up to Christmas we’re invited to explore four themes: hope, peace, joy and love as part of the process of preparing for that birth. This week we’re going to focus on joy; what it is and why it’s important in preparing for the birth of something new – especially this year, when we’re in the midst of so much uncertainty and loss.

In preparation for this service you’re invited to think about five of your most memorable moments at NSUU. Think about those events, activities and experiences that have been most meaningful for you. They don’t have to be joyful. Some may be solemn, even sad; but sharing what gives our lives meaning, can be a great source of joy. This personal history, both the facts and the feelings, are an important part of the NSUU’s story.

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This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Lamenting Our Way Into Hope

November 29 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Ed Vaeni

Given that November 29 is the first Sunday in Advent in the Christian tradition this year, and that it comes at a time of uncertainty unlike any we have seen in quite some time, I want to reflect on what “patient anticipation” means in these times. I will use Psalm 80 as a text.

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