Season of Light Returning

Celebration of the light returning to our winter days has been an integral part of human existence throughout time and throughout various faiths. Today we will think about the traditions of Hanukkah and the Solstice, as well as the light our children bring into our future with a nod to Santa Lucia.  These are not simple holidays with simple messages, and our current state of world affairs speaks to the need to honor the complexity of the world. However, there is a message of hope in each as well, which will be woven through our service today.

Celebrant:  Ginger Yoder, Director of Family Ministries

Welcome and Announcements

Territorial Acknowledgement

Chalice Lighting and Sung Affirmation

Opening Words

Lighting the Hanukkah Candles:
Miriam Hertz and Scott Milner

Opening Hymn:  #221, Light One Candle

Time for All Ages

Reeb Benediction


Candles of Joys and Sorrows

Meditation on Winter Celebrations, by Elizabeth Strong

Gift of Music Ochos Kandelikas; UUCP Choir

Reading:  Our Flaming Chalice:  History & Current Use, by Rev. Dr. Michael Tino


Closing Hymn:  Deck the Halls

Closing Reading:  To Light the Darkness and Begin Again, by D. Scott Cooper

Musical Benediction:  There Is a Love

Embodying the Flame

Spoken Benediction


Zoom Service Recording