Services in December
Dec 1: “Awake: Wonder as Reflection” with Amanda Udis-Kessler. As the Thanksgiving weekend comes to a close and Advent begins, how might we think about the experience of wonder in ways meaningful to all of us? This service considers wonder through contemplation of Thanksgiving and Advent as seasons of wonder and through the music of Peter Mayer.
Dec 8: “Miracles, Magic, and Awesome Beauty: The Wonder of It All” with the Rev. Beatrice Hitchcock. In a season that abounds with wonder and delight, what is it that moves us to suspend disbelief and embrace the magic?
Dec 12, 6:30 pm: "Blue Christmas Service" Blue Christmas services are for those who have lost a loved one, are lonely or depressed, have unhappy memories of past holidays, or dread the holiday season for whatever reasons. It is a short interfaith service, with soft lighting, readings, music, and an opportunity for those present to light a candle and say why they are there. The service is followed by a simple supper of bread and soup, and an opportunity to talk with the friendly people from High Plains about their sorrows.
Dec 15: “The Wonder of Welcome” with Rev. Beatrice Hitchcock. As a land of immigrants, we wonder, ‘What is it that makes a place home? How do we know when we are home?” In our highly mobile society, one might ask, “What does it feel like to have a home?” This service explores the wonders of hospitality, family, traditions, and unconditional love.
Dec 22: Posada Pageant with the Children of HPCUU and Alcira Estevez. Join in this traditional Latin American festival as the children seek a resting place for Mary and Joseph.
Dec 24, 7:30 pm: Christmas Eve Service with the Rev. Nathan Mesnikoff. Bring a candle from home for the altar – pillar, tea light, or taper in a holder.
Dec 29: “Chocolate & Champagne Year-End Communion: The Wonder of Endings and Beginnings” with Dianne McRae. Celebrate the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 with our Chocolate and Champagne communion. In this service we incorporate the wonders of memory, anticipation, and the importance of bringing both of these into the immediacy of life in the present. We hope that you can join us as we celebrate with a toast to these facets of our lives. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.