The Birth of Peace in a Time of War


Sunday, December 24th | 10:30 AM — “The Birth of Peace in a Time of War” a Contemplative Christmas Eve service — in Goddard and live-streamed on Youtube — led by Rev. Bethany — with music and carols by the Desert Chorale



The Offering for both Christmas Eve services will go toward the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. The MDF exists to support our congregation and people in Tucson, focusing in particular on offering support when there are gaps in existing social services. This past year, the MDF has been paid for: rents, gift cards for people who are unhoused, car repairs, utility bills, and more. The MDF is under the sole discretion of the Minister and available to UUCT members, friends, and those beyond the congregation.

Order of Service

  • Welcome
    • Tom Gregg
  • Prelude
    • Anthem — Desert Chorale
  • Call to Worship & Chalice Lighting
    • Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
  • Hymn
    • #232 “The Hills Are Bare at Bethlehem” — Brian Moon
  • Candle Lighting
    • (sing Silent Night) — Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
  • Prayer
    • Tom Gregg
  • Hymn
    • #244 “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” — Brian Moon
  • Offering
    • Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
  • Offertory
    • Danielle Mepham
  • Reading
    • Tom Gregg
  • Homily
    • Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
  • **Kids rejoin families**
  • Song
    • Eb Eberlein
  • Story
    • Jamili Omar
  • Anthem
    • “The Holly and the Ivy” — Desert Chorale
  • Closing Words
    • Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
  • Postlude
    • “Joy to the World” — Danielle Mepham

 

Attributions

  • Prelude
    • Anthem “The Coventry Carol”
  • Call to Worship
    • “Christmas, 1974” by May Sarton
  • Hymn
    • #232 “The Hills Are Bare at Bethlehem”
      • words by Royce J. Scherf, The Southern Harmony,
      • #232 in Singing the Living Tradition
  • Prayer
    • “Amazing Peace”
      • by Dr. Maya Angelou
  • Hymn
    • #244 “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”
      • words by Edmund Hamilton Sears,
      • music by Richard Storrs Willis,
      • #244 in Singing the Living Tradition
  • Offertory
    • “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”
      • Traditional 17th Century French Melody
      • Arr. by Lloyd Larson
  • Reading
    • “The Risk of Birth, An Advent Poem”
      • by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Homily Sketches
    • “Amazing Peace”
      • by Rev. Dan Schatz
  • Story
    • inspired by “The Christmas Truce”
      • by Gail Forsyth-Vail