December 2020 Worship Services

Our worship theme for December is Stillness.

Cleo Anderson, Director of Religious Exploration

Join us each Sunday ONLINE as we celebrate and worship as a community.

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We as Unitarian Universalists look forward to being with you virtually and in spirit on Sunday morning. We continue to develop our new spiritual practice of co-creating beloved community together in the midst of a global pandemic. We’re finding ways to spiritually prepare and fortify ourselves and to support others in uncertain times. If you need help getting to the online services, please contact board member Eileen McCormack for assistance.

Join our online Sunday service broadcast on the church’s Facebook page @UUSantaMonica on Sunday mornings and join the conversation on Facebook. You can also watch it live here on the UUSM Newsletter site on the main page (news.uusm.org). You don’t need to have a Facebook account or be logged in to watch on Facebook or here. The video will also be available on our YouTube channel shortly after the end of the service, so tune in anytime to catch up and worship with your community.


Sunday, December 6, 2020

“Mary: The Radical “

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Aubrey Sassoon, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

Our service explores the narratives and life of the most famous religious woman in the world, revered in the Christian and Islamic traditions, and often ignored by Protestantism. Let’s separate the myth from reality as we contemplate her life and a radical feminist revolution this Advent season.

Watch on YouTube


Sunday, December 13, 2020

“Our Divine Words”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

“In the beginning was the Word… and the Word was G-d…” declares the scriptures of our Christian siblings. What about the words we speak and the ways we communicate? Is there something miraculous about our capacities for communication? What might religious wisdom teach us about good communication and the spiritual path?

Watch on YouTube


Sunday, December 20, 2020

“A Season of Lights”

Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, preaching
Chela Metzger, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

There are several holidays this month that are celebrated with candles and strings of lights. Each of these holy days invokes the Light from the Darkness. How might your world be different if the light within you shone more brightly around you? Let us remember why we light our candles. Let us end 2020 looking forward to the light of the New Year and our contribution to its brightness.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

“Christmas Eve Candlelight Service”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Sue Bickford, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 6:00 pm online

Join us for our online Christmas Eve service this year as we joyfully sing the carols of the season from around the globe and consider the deeper meaning of the story of Christmas.  Tonight’s offering will benefit the Minister’s Discretionary Fund, which is used to help members and friends in need and to fund special projects throughout the church year.

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Sunday, December 27, 2020

“Marking Time”

Rev. Matthew Cockrum, preaching
Robbert Schalekamp, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

How are you crossing the threshold this year? Spiraling, ascending, finishing, or counting the days? How we mark time matters.

The Rev. Matthew Cockrum serves as Minister for Spiritual Care and Practice at Fountain Street Church, an independent church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Matthew is also trained in spiritual direction, yoga instruction, and end of life doula services and has served as a hospital chaplain.  Matthew’s ministries focus on music, movement, and meaning.

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Generous Congregation Recipient:  UNICEF

We come together for more than ourselves. This month 50% of the Sunday offering will be donated to the United Nations Children’s Fund.  UNICEF works in the world’s toughest places to reach the most disadvantaged children and adolescents – and to protect the rights of every child, everywhere. Across more than 190 countries and territories, UNICEF does whatever it takes to help children survive, thrive and fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines, it supports child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, quality education and skill building, HIV prevention and treatment for mothers and babies, and the protection of children and adolescents from violence and exploitation. Before, during and after humanitarian emergencies, UNICEF is on the ground, bringing lifesaving help and hope to children and families. Created in 1946, non-political and impartial, UNICEF is never neutral when it comes to defending children’s rights and safeguarding their lives and futures. Thank you for your generous support.

 

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Our service in the world continues.

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