First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg
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Services in December
Visit our Upcoming Services page to read about all upcoming services.
- Sunday, December 3 at 10:30 a.m.: Evergreentide
- Sunday, December 10 at 10:30 a.m: A Wideness in Your Mercy
- Sunday, December 17 at 10:30 a.m: The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming
- Wednesday, December 20 at 5:30pm: Winter Solstice Celebration & Potluck
- Wednesday, December 20 at 10:00pm: The Longest Night Ritual & Vigil
- Sunday, December 24 at 10:30am: Simple Gifts
- Sunday, December 24 at 5:00pm: Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols
- Sunday, December 31 at 10:30 a.m: Watchnight
A Wideness in Your Mercy
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Rev. Meghann Robern and Service Coordinator Laurie Marcella
Something we hear a lot in Unitarian Universalism is that our diversity in our strength. More often than not, however, we find ourselves reacting to things that our different or new with fear or anger instead of with curiosity and interest. What does it look and feel like to truly welcome our differences as gifts to be received?
December 17: The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming
DLFD Andrea James and Rev. Meghann Robern
Join us for our annual multigenerational holiday pageant! The younger members of our congregation will teach us about honouring Hanukkah as its own special holiday in this pageant adapted from the story by Lemony Snicket. This service will also include our Sharing Tree Ritual.
Wednesday, December 20, 10:00pm: The Longest Night Ritual & Vigil
Rev. Meghann Robern and Ritual Leader Teresa Klostreich
The winter solstice is the longest night of the year, and nighttime often is the hardest time for those who are struggling with loneliness, loss, and depression. Following a Druidic ritual to prepare ourselves for the returning of the light, we will keep vigil throughout the night and be a sanctuary where those who wish to be in good company in the darkness shall find it.
From the Minister's Study - December 2017
Our theme this month is “Giving and Receiving”. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that Faith Rocket chose this during the month when so many gift-giving traditions are taking place. And as we move into the winter of the year, when there is less light, more time indoors, it’s a natural time to also be intentionally reflective about the gifts given and received in our lives since last winter.
There are many opportunities for you to join us in these reflections. Not only are there five Sunday mornings in December -- one of which will feature our pageant about Hanukkah! -- we’ve also got our Winter Solstice celebration and potluck happening, followed by a new event this year: The Longest Night Vigil. A joint effort between the worship and pastoral care teams, the Vigil will be a place where people gather to ward off the pain of loss, loneliness, and depression by being in each other’s company throughout the night.
Christmas Eve also falls on a Sunday this year. That morning we’ll have a service at the usual time, 10:30am, that will be intentionally multigenerational. The worship team will share stories and we’ll sing songs, but it won’t be Christmas-themed. That night, at 5:30pm, we will have our Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols, ending of course with our traditional candle lighting and singing of Silent Night.
Ultimately, though, whether you’re able to join us or not for any of the many things happening this month, I hope you will take some time to remember the gifts that you yourself bring into the world. Not by shopping at Amazon or Polo Park, but by being you out in the world. And I also hope that we might spend equal time receiving the gifts of others, of remembering to celebrate our family, friends, even the strangers in our lives with as much joy as we might wish for ourselves.
In gratitude and faith,