Friday, December 24, 6:30PM CT: Christmas Eve

Join us for our annual Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols with a Unitarian Universalist twist! This year we’ll also be using the newly published First Nations translation for the lessons from the traditional gospels.

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Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols

December 24, 2021

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Centring Thought     

 “Who will celebrate Christmas correctly? Whoever finally lays down all power, all honour, all reputation, all vanity, all arrogance, all individualism beside the manger.”

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Welcome & Fire Safety

Dylan Fijal

Chalice Lighting          

“We Have an Old Story to Tell,” The Rev. Gretchen Haley

02 Centering Music           

O Holy Night (in Navajo)

Lesson One               

Introduction to the First Nations Translation of the Christian Texts

Hymn               

O Come All Ye Faithful, sung by Brandon Hornsby-Selvin (arrangement & accompaniment: Adam Podd)

Lesson Two               

Bitter Tears

Shining Light Tells the Good Story 1:26-38 (First Nations Translation)

Hymn               

228 Once in Royal David’s City

Lesson Three           

Humble Birth

Shining Light Tells the Good Story 2:1-7 (First Nations Translation)

Hymn               

Joy to the World, Whitney Houston from The Preacher’s Wife     

Lesson Four               

The Shepherds

Shining Light Tells the Good Story 2:8-20 (First Nations Translation)

Hymn               

237 The First Nowell

Lesson Five               

Seekers of Wisdom

Gift From Creator Tells the Good Story 2:1-12 (First Nations Translation)

Offering 

Minister’s Discretionary Fund

Offertory         

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, performed by PIQSIQ

Lesson Six

“The Stolen Infant,” The Reverend Carl Scovel

Lesson Seven

“José y Maria,” Everett Patterson

                    Star In the East, performed by The Rose Quartet and Jordan Sramek

Meditation Time

Lesson Eight

“It Doesn’t Seem Like Much,” The Rev. Theresa Ninán Soto

Lesson Nine

Homily

Hymn

251 Silent Night

Benediction           

“Now the Work of Christmas Begins” by The Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman

Candle Extinguishing       

Carry the Flame

Transition            

Maybe This Christmas, Ron Sexsmith