A traditional UU Christmas Service led by Rev. Barnaby Feder. CVUUS Choir led by Ronnie Romano, dir. of music, accompanied by Chuck Miller. Special music: Francois Clemmons accompanied by Ronnie. Readings from the Christmas Story, and poetry from Rilke and Rev. Lynn Ungar. Ended with traditional lighting of candles and singing of Silent Night. We collected for HOPE.
Order of Service
Pre-service music: Neil Chippendale on clarinet and Mary Harrington on trumpet with Chuck Miller on piano
Welcome: Rev. Barnaby Feder
Prelude: Ronnie Romano, Director of Music
Call to Worship: Matthew 1: 18-23, read by Rev. Barnaby
Musical Call to Worship: Once in Royal David’s City (#228) Ronnie Romano
Chalice Lighting: Rev. Barnaby and Martha Fulda
We come together once more to hear an ancient story
With fresh ears and open hearts:
The story of Love born and reborn among us,
Delivered by strangers in need of shelter
To that spirit-instinct in all souls which
Prays for grace, cradles hope, invites faith, and aims to blossom.
Anthem: The Holly and the Ivy CVUUS Choir
Reading: Luke 1:26-38, read by Martha Fulda
Music: O Holy Night Francois Clemmons accompanied by Ronnie Romano
Readings Ancient: Luke 2:8-21, read by Ellen Flight
Reading Modern: What the Angel Didn’t Say by Rev. Lynn Ungar, read by her
Hymn: O Little Town of Bethlehem (#246) CVUUS Choir
Offering In the Bleak Midwinter Variations Carol Harden, viola, Ronnie Romano
As is our tradition, our Christmas Eve donations will go to Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects). Our donee has been creating, administering, and working with diverse anti-poverty programs in Addison County for over 50 years. All cash and checks not otherwise specified will be split between CVUUS and our donee. You can give online at https://cvuus.breezechms.com/give/online.
Reading Ancient: Matthew 2:1-14, 19-21 Ellen Flight
Reading Modern: All Who Seek You by Rainer Maria Rilke Martha Fulda
Song: Some Children See Him Lyrics, Wihla Hutson; music, Alfred Burt CVUUS Choir
Homily: The Prayer That’s Answered Rev. Barnaby Feder
Lighting of Candles: The Congregation
Hymn: Silent Night (#251)
Benediction: Rev. Barnaby
Postlude: Carol Medley Ronnie Romano
Credits: Thanks to our worship associates Ellen Flight and Martha Fulda; our choir and special musicians; Margy Young, Alan Moore and Steve Butterfield for technical support; our Flower Co-op for holiday arrangements; Mike Greenwood, Helene Vanderburgh and all who helped usher, greet and set up.
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