Upcoming Sermons


December 2014

Sunday Services at 9:15 and 11:00 a.m.
Christmas Eve Services at 5:00 & 7:00 p.m.
December 28 - 10:00 am service ONLY

December's Theme:
"What does it mean to be a people of wonder?"

December 7
"Wrestling with Race & Fear"
with Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Susan Jellinger

A week after Ferguson, another white police office was not indicted after killing a black man with an illegal choke-hold for selling untaxed cigarettes. Let us continue to grapple with our nation's holy unrest with racism, seeking ways for each of us and our church to part of the changing and healing tide.

December 14
"Wonder-full Sounds of the Season"
with Rev. Mark Stringer, Moira Leu, Bruce Martin, the UU Choir, Chalice Choir, The Sparks, Channing Chimes, Strings Attached, and special guests; Celebrant: Jill Philby

Our annual all-congregation multi-generational service of seasonal music and readings. A First Unitarian tradition!

December 21
"Winter Solstice"
with Linda Barnes, Ministerial Intern; Celebrant: Margaret Schultz

Solstice is a time of pause in the darkness to ponder the beauty and power of our universe. Let us pause together before the headlong tumble many of us take into the holidays. In this service we will embrace the quiet wonder of the night sky, the clarity that cold can bring, and the promise of returning light.

December 24 - 5:00 & 7:00 pm
"Christmas Eve Services"

As the darkness envelops the land on this night of memory and tradition for so many of us, we’ll share in a 5pm family-friendly service of the story of the birth of Jesus, as it could have been told by those present that magical, mythical night more than 2,000 years ago (think animals, angels, etc.). We will sing carols and share in some traditional (and playful) holiday cheer and candlelight.
At 7pm, we will hold our familiar evening service, complete with carol singing, a Christmas Eve homily from Mark, and candlelight.
Following both services, you are invited to linger and enjoy cookies (brought by those attending) and holiday fellowship. Children can be dedicated at either service. (If you wish to have your child included, call or e-mail Mark at minister@ucdsm.org before December 15.)

December 28 - 10:00 am ONLY
"Sing Out the Old, Sing in the New!"
with Barb & Bruce Martin; Celebrant: Mike Shaw

Come be with your church family as we sing in the approaching new year with favorites of your choosing from our hymnals. Just one service this week, so that we can fill the auditorium with song. Fun for all those who like to sing, and for those who like to listen!