Sermons

"Don't Forget the Sabbath Spice!"

Preacher: Rev. Amy Freedman
Date: December 7, 2014
 
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On November 16th, some families gathered in the Auditorium to explore what makes for a truly special holiday season. Adults shared how important it is to gather with family members who live far away. Children named foods that they especially look forward to eating. After reading “Llama Llama Holiday Drama” by Anna Dewdney, we agreed that all ages sometimes become swept up in the excitement of preparations so much that we can forget to treasure our time together. As the kids said, what matter most is—“LOVE!”

This Sunday, our service will be enriched by a performance by Neil McGarry! He will be performing a one-man show of “The Christmas Carol” at First Church, December 12, 13, and 14. He has graciously accepted my invitation to give us a sneak peak into his production. As you may know, Charles Dickens was a Unitarian and his classic tale offers a timeless message about what it means to keep Christmas.

Like many Unitarian Universalists, I have an interfaith background and celebrate both Jewish and Christian holidays. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Yule or Christmas, it is important to observe the Sabbath. What does that mean? How can we bring the holy into our lives? Join us for a service that will welcome in the month of December with gladness and peace.