Led by Rev. Ellen Quaadgras
Thank you to our Worship Partner Carolyn Mark
Welcome and Announcements
Chalice Lighting by Ken Phifer (adapted)
May the light of joy brighten our lives.
May the light of truth lead us to new understanding.
May the light of courage enable us to do what is right.
And may the light of faith sustain our strength.
Prelude: “Ma’oz Tzur” traditional Ashkenazic Chanukah hymn arr. by A. Binder vocals by Aurie Tyce Soprano and alto) and Julie Hassett (soprano) played by Nonetta Shatakhtsian
Opening Words by Barbara Stevens
Opening Hymn: Gathered Here, performed by the Chancel Choir
Love is the spirit of this church
And service its law
This is our great covenant
To dwell together in peace
To seek the truth in love
And to help one another
Joys and Sorrows: Jewish traditional folk tune played by Nonetta Shatakhtsian
Prayer by Rev. Gretchen Haley
Song in Response Find a Stillness
Offering: Here at Westminster, we share our offering every month with a different organization that shares our values or our mission. Our December Share the Plate is the weR1 Rhode Island Fund, a collaborative effort between government, community, and philanthropic organizations to raise $3 million to provide no-fee debit cards to Rhode Islanders. This program is especially for undocumented and immigrants with urgent need who are excluded from many federal programs. To donate www.westminsteruu.org/donate
Offertory: Mazel Tov traditional Jewish music played by Nonetta Shatakhtsian
Second Reading: “Today” by Mary Oliver
Interlude Silence My Soul performed by the choir and musicians at UU Santa Monica.
Closing Song: Breathe In, by Peter Mayer
Carry the Flame