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Each month, our services are inspired by our Soul Matters themes and related materials.

Dec 16 @ 10:25 am – Music Sunday. Sermon: To Light the Darkness – Cathleen Blackburn

Winter traditions involving fire, candles and lights are ubiquitous all around the world and throughout time. Let us sing about light in the darkness and talk about the power of these traditions while viewing images of winter traditions from all different cultures of the earth.

Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm in the chapel – Blue Heaven: Blue Christmas

The holiday season can be difficult for many people: the mixture of grief, loss and suffering seem foreign to the joyous celebrations and preparations. In the Blue Christmas service we acknowledge this tension for all who have had losses ~ the death of a loved one, a divorce, loss of health or a job or other challenging circumstance ~ or if you just can’t get in the holiday spirit this year. This service is an opportunity to gather with others who are struggling during this season, to acknowledge those feelings, and to bring the possibility of healing and new hope ~ the light that shines in the darkness.

Dec 23 @ 10:25 am – That Precious Breath of Life – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words lead us into this service, “Let us learn the revelation of all nature and thought: that the highest dwells within us…” Unitarian Universalists have, over the years, come to the realization that the birth of every child is a miracle. Together, we will celebrate this mysterious miracle, the precious breath of life, on the day before Christmas Eve.

Dec 24 @ 7 pm – A Miraculous Birth, as told by Isa’s mother – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Isa, if you wonder about this name, is the Arabic equivalent of Jesus. Your Christmas Eve message will tell about the birth of Isa in a story that features Mary, his mother, as shared in Sura 19 of the Koran. The sounds of the season drawn from the Christian Scriptures will be merged with this Muslim story. Please bring your family and friends to a service filled with the spirit of this season and a unique twist on the story of Christmas.

Dec 30 @ 10:25 am – Burning Bowl Service

Burning Bowl is a popular annual service to mark leavings and beginnings. It’s not about resolutions; it’s about leaving disappointments and sadness behind and making way for new experiences in the New Year.

January 6 @ 10:25 am – 2018: Adieu, Fare Thee Well

We feature a New Orleans Jazz Funeral motif in our look back at the year just passed. Backed by The Portage Bay Big Band this is an opportunity to shake free of items that troubled you in 2018. This is a great service for bringing a friend to church, or visiting us for the first time.

January 13 @ 10:25 am – Trailblazers: A Modern Herstory

Many women and nonbinary people have molded the social dimensions of America’s life. As we look at as yet unseen possibilities, we look at activists, promoters, and advocates for justice who led the way toward the shape and texture of the life we know today. One list of these individuals is in the 1918 book “Modern Herstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History.” Rev. Jim invites congregational participation in “Trailblazers: A Modern Herstory.”

January 20 @ 10:25 am – An Orientation Towards Love – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

On a Sunday when we recall the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we explore the deep love for all, his view that that all are worthy of justice and equity, that led to his efforts in the Civil Rights movement. As we look at our possibilities, may a similar spirit find life in us all.

January 27 @ 10:25 am – theme: Possibility

Details TBA

February Worship Theme: Trust

photo of Northlake sanctuary with kite decorations