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.

This Sunday’s Service – Hope, Here and Now

December 9 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

As the holiday season begins to consume our lives, some of us feel stuck in a sense of hopelessness. We know we are supposed to feel the joy of the season, but we don’t, and our internal flame deep within is not as bright as we might want. We struggle to connect with the spirit of the season and we seek what will help us to go beyond hum-bug. Nothing can help us to believe in life more than a child dedication within our community of caring. Join us as we celebrate this honor in a brief ceremony during our Time for All Ages.

Local musicians and friends of NSUU Dominic Priolo and Larry Plitt will bring their talents this morning. Cathy Sullivan-Bradley will offer a special song of blessing for our child dedication.

This Sunday – Holiday Workshop

December 2 Service at 10:30 AM

Tracee Kneeland

Celebrate the joy of the season at our annual holiday workshop service on Sunday, December 2. We take a break from the hectic commercialism around us to focus on connection and reflection of the holiday. We will gather together for a short service and caroling. Then we create gifts, treats, and decorative items for the holidays. This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy one another as we collaborate in a setting of sharing and creating. The crafting will be followed by a potluck lunch. The service leader will be Tracee Kneeland.