Thursday, December 14, 2017

A UU December: Dec 14th

Order of Service, December 17th, 2017


*Hymn #188Come, Come, Whoever You Are


Opening Words

Lighting the Chalice Flame (in unison):
Today, everyone is displaced and homeless. Today, everyone searches for Bethlehem. When the darkness comes so close, We listen in the stillness for the songs of angels. Like shepherds, we aren’t too sure of what is happening. We don’t know why we are so expectant. We don’t know why we long so deeply for miracles. Today, may we see the holy family that we are a part of; and may we hear the music that reminds us of our truest home. We light the chalice for the light which we seek and find in the dark.

*Hymn #123: Spirit of Life

Quiet Time/Meditation/Prayer

Unison Reading #615: The Work of Christmas

*Hymn #228: Once in Royal David’s City

Offertory: I Wonder As I Wander Traditional

Affirmation (in unison) Love is the spirit of this Congregation and service is its law. This is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love and to help one another.

Sermon: “We Must Get to Bethlehem” Rev. Carole Yorke

Extinguishing the Chalice Flame (in unison) We extinguish this flame, but not the light of truth, the warmth of community, or the fire of commitment. These we carry in our hearts until we are together again.

Closing Words

*Hymn #246O Little Town of Bethlehem

Life of the Congregation

Postlude: Light A Candle by Marta Keen

Gratitude & Applause
* Please stand in body or spirit
Hearing devices, and envelopes for cash pledges are available on the hymnal cart or ask an usher.

This Week
Today: Justice Action Ministry Grants Collection.  Social Hour 11:30am in Ministers Hall,
Monday-Friday: Administration Office hours 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuesday: Men’s Wisdom Circle 7pm in the Channing Room
Friday: Art Studio 6pm in Ministers Hall.
Sunday:  News Talk will not be held Dec. 24 or Dec. 31.

Thank you to all who contribute to our service and fellowship hour each week. This week:
Guest Minister: Rev. Carole Yorke
Music coordinator: Peilin Ko
Ushers: Anne Marie & Frank Smith
Cover art: Larry Stauber
Fellowship hour hospitality: Quentin Collins & Lee Godby
And to our permanent staff:
Barbara Hatzfeld, office administrator
Willie Nelson, sexton. 

Next Sunday: “Holiday Singalong” at 10:30am with Bruce Holden; Chrstmas Eve at              6:30pm with Rev. Dan and Tess Lambert.
Rev. Dr. Dan Lambert Office Hours: Tuesday 5pm-8pm and Thursday 9am-Noon. His            office telephone # is 561-627-6106. His e-mail is 
Food Items collected during the offertory are donated to the Lake Park Food Pantry, 
Shoes and Toiletry Articles collected are donated to the Haitian Community.

Rev. Carole Yorke
The Rev. Carole Yorke has been a Unitarian Universalist minister in Florida since 1998, having served Spirit of Life UUs in Odessa, Treasure Coast UUs in Stuart, and 1stUUPB, in between and along with churches she served as a vocational counselor at the Boley Institute in St. Pete and as a Hospice Chaplain in Martin and St. Lucie Counties. Now happily retired, she lives in Port St. Lucie with her five Pomeranians and where she can attend spring training games of the New York Mets, and will preach at any UU church that needs a guest preacher.