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THE FOREWORD - December 2014
(Part One: Spiritual --- listing Sunday worship activities, religious education for all ages & Notes from the Minister, or visit our entire November newsletter)
Upcoming Sundays: Services at 10:30 am
December 7 - Surviving the Holidays Rev. Art Severance.
During the holiday season I try to dedicate one Sunday to talking about the difficulties of these "joyous times" because it is also a time of great stress, of course. Sometimes it's like cabin fever crossed with family therapy with people who don't think there's any reason to BE in family therapy!
December 14 - Exploring the Reasons for the Season Rev. Art Severance.
People forget that it was once illegal to celebrate Xmas in this country! That the first church to have a Xmas service was probably Unitarian and that more of our Xmas customs probably come from Xmas cards than scripture. But when we say it's important to BELIEVE during this time, we're not talking about theology, but something deeper. It's the real reason for the season for UU's who still celebrate what I might call a humanist Xmas.
December 21 - Solstice/Xmas/Winter Intergenerational Service Rev. Art Severance and Victoria Crago, Director of Religious Education.
Wednesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Services:
4pm - Family Service
10pm - Candle Lighting Service
December 28 - TBA
EXPRESSING JOYS & SORROWS
Because sometimes the very lighting of a special candle can be healing, during the quiet time after Joys and Concerns have been read, people may come forward silently and light a candle, then return to their seats. We have moved the candle stand for easier access, and also so it doesn't interfere with the children coming forward for the story.
If you want to share a joy or sorrow with the congregation, arrive early Sunday morning before the service. Visit the table in the foyer next to the Welcome Desk and fill out the appropriate card - yellow for a Joy; blue for a Sorrow. During the service, the cards will be read by a member of the Caring for One Another committee and a candle will be lit for each.
Celebrating the Past; Embracing the Future:
In 1962, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst started construction on the chapel. On Easter morning of 1964, the sanctuary was used for the first time. April 2014 commemorated our 50th Aniversary!
| A Note about Applause
I have found that applause in church is problematic; some people dislike it strongly because they feel it breaks the "mood of worship" and makes it seem like a performance. It raises issues like the mixed feelings when only a few people applaud, or makes one wonder 'Should you applaud after ALL music?' I think that there are times when spontaneous applause must be expressed, but it should be done sparingly. Worship is not a performance which requires or expects applause, AND it bothers some people. If you knew that by clapping you were hurting the worship experience of someone else, would you still do it? ~Rev. Art
|If you are unable to attend church, or would like to hear a particular sermon again, there is a good chance you can find it on the UUCA website. Go to the "sermons" tab under "Worship & Ministry" on the left side of the page in the Main Menu - or click here. ~Joe Rautenstrauch
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