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WORSHIP & SERMONS
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WORSHIP & SERMONS

Some have suggested that a Sunday service is a journey or pilgrimage in which we are drawn out of our own concerns to join a community in exploration and to feel a renewed connection with the sacred in life. The service may be partly a time of reflection, partly an opportunity to experience a challenge, partly a time to mourn or celebrate, and partly a time to serve Life. At the end of the journey, the individual is alone again, but renewed and inspired to go out into the world.

Each week we gather to worship and be together on Sunday mornings.  Our services are typically geared towards adults.  Children and youth participate in Religious Education classes during worship. During the summer months we offer childcare for children five and under.

December's Theme is Mystery

During the months of September - June, Cedar Lane has a monthly worship theme as determined by our Soul Matters programming.  Over 150 Unitarian Universalist congregations participate in this program. Sunday worship services and monthly Soul Matters small group ministry materials center on that month's theme as a way to provide a deeper connection to these important themes.

MOST RECENT WORSHIP SERVICE

Sermon: "Where is the Light?"
December 9, 2018
Rev. Katie Romano Griffin & Peter Mayer, Musical Guest

Join Rev. Katie and special musical guest Peter Mayer as we explore the Universalist notion that we are born of Original Blessing. We are so delighted to welcome Mr. Blueboat Home himself, Peter Mayer, to the Sanctuary to share songs of the season. To celebrate the conclusion of the Hanukkah high holy days, Bell Canto will ring a spirited rendition of the Dreydl Song. We will also recognize new members during the 11 am service. Plan to join us in the Library after the second service to celebrate them and enjoy some cake!

UPCOMING WORSHIP SERVICES

"The Christmas Menorahs"
December 16 AT 9AM and 11AM
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi & Tim Atkins, Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Abhi and Tim lead this all-ages service based on the story “The Christmas Menorahs” by Janice Cohn. Cohn’s book is based on a true story from Billings, Montana. After someone throws a rock through Isaac Schnitzer’s window, the people of Billings join together to fight a series of hate crimes.

The Ring Out Bell Choir opens this service with a lovely rendition of the Christmas hymn Puer Nobis (also known as “What Star Is This, With Beams So Bright?”). The Youth Choir sings the delightful Christmas song, African Noel, and the Choir adds a beautiful medley of the traditional Lo, How a Rose Er Blooming, coupled with Bette Midler’s enchanting song, The Rose.

"Solstice + Christmas"
December 23 AT 9AM and 11AM
Rev. Katie Romano Griffin & Christin Green, Intern Minister

It’s the fourth Sunday of Advent in the Christian Calendar and the last day of most Winter Solstice Celebrations. Rev. Katie, your Assistant Minister and Christin Green, your Intern Minister, invite you to engage with these two holidays meaningfully and joyfully.

The Vocal Quartet and Dr. Jasmin Lee offer a kicking song to welcome Christmas; Joel Raney’s Somebody Build a Manger. Viewing the winter’s quiet and the pending seasonal change the Quartet sings Diane Benjamin’s Solstice Carol.

"Family Christmas Eve Worship"
December 24 AT 4PM
Revs. Abhi Janamanchi & Katie Romano Griffin, Tim Atkins, Christin Green, Dr. Henry Sgrecci, & Cedar Lane Choirs

This service is designed especially for families with young children as well as for all-ages. This year’s service features our annual multigenerational Christmas story, which this year will be the Dr. Seuss classic, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The Children’s Choir will sing You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.

 

"Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols"
December 24 AT 6PM
Revs. Abhi Janamanchi & Katie Romano Griffin, Tim Atkins, Christin Green, Dr. Henry Sgrecci, & Cedar Lane Choirs

We join together in story and song, with carols and candle-lights, and rekindle the Christmas spirit of joy, hope, and peace within each of us. The Youth Choir will will add the sweet harmonies of Gloria, Gloria, Hodie and Bring a Torch Jeannette Isabella to the service.

"Be the Light"
December 24 AT 10PM
Revs. Abhi Janamanchi & Katie Romano Griffin, Tim Atkins, Christin Green, Dr. Henry Sgrecci, & Cedar Lane Choirs

Let us join together and celebrate the birth of a child that would later change the world and witness his life through the lens of women of the Bible.  A meditative service of music, prayer, and personal reflection.   The Adult Choir will will be joined by harpist Melissa Dvorak, guitarist Matt Trkula, and marimba player Phillip Drembus, to reprise a Choir favorite, Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies of the Southwest.

"LGBTQ Worship Service"
December 30 AT 10AM
Rev. Archene Turner

Rev. Archene Turner, Cedar Lane's Affiliated Community Minister, needs your help organizing an exciting LGBTQ worship service for Sunday, Dec 30, at 10 am. The 30th is also the 5th day of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa’s 5th principle is Nia (purpose) - to make our collective vocation the building of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. Let's come together as LGBTQ siblings to plan this service with Nia in mind on Mondays, Dec 3, 10, and 17 at 7-9 pm in Room 5-6 . If interested, please contact Rev Archene at aturner@cedarlane.org.

February 3 AT 9AM and 11AM
Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

We will welcome Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray as guest preacher!  Service details to come.