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WORSHIP & SERMONS
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WORSHIP & SERMONS

Some have suggested that a Sunday service is a journey or pilgrimage in which we are drawn out of our own concerns to join a community in exploration and to feel a renewed connection with the sacred in life. The service may be partly a time of reflection, partly an opportunity to experience a challenge, partly a time to mourn or celebrate, and partly a time to serve Life. At the end of the journey, the individual is alone again, but renewed and inspired to go out into the world.

Each week we gather to worship and be together on Sunday mornings.  Our services are typically geared towards adults.  Children and youth participate in Religious Education classes downstairs during worship. We also offer 15-minute chapel services for all ages from September - May.  During the summer months we offer childcare for children five and under.  We also have evening Vespers Services rom 6:45 - 7:15 pm on the second Wednesday of the month.

December's Worship Theme is Hope

During the months of September - May, Cedar Lane has a monthly worship theme as determined by our Soul Matters programming.  Over 150 Unitarian Universalist congregations participate in this program. Sunday worship services and monthly Soul Matters small group ministry materials center on that month's theme as a way to provide a deeper connection to these important themes.

MOST RECENT WORSHIP SERVICE

Sermon: "The Fabric of our Identity"
December 10, 2017
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

Unitarian Universalism not only offers us a religious identity, it also celebrates and supports our many identities. Our faith cheers Whitman’s celebration of messiness and contradiction: “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.” The service will investigate. We will welcome new members during the service.

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UPCOMING WORSHIP SERVICES

"Advent Vespers Worship"
December 13 AT 6:45 - 7:15 PM
Norman Allen

As shadows lengthen and the year comes to a close, we embrace the hopeful spirit of Advent and all the riches it has to offer. Included in the services will be readings from varied faith traditions and opportunities for shared contemplation, meditative song, and silence.  All are welcome to join us in the Chapel.

"Spirit Experience: Winter Holidays & Holy Days"
December 16 AT 7 PM
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi & DC Labor Chorus

The holiday season evokes a mixture of responses in us, from melancholy to joyous. There is something profoundly serious about it, but it is also a time of gaiety and laughter. Join us for a special spirit experience to celebrate the many meanings and moods of the holiday season in song and word, silence and prayer.

"Winter Holidays Service"
December 17 AT 9 AM and 11 AM
Rev. Katie Romano Griffin & Tim Atkins

Join us for our annual multigenerational family winter holidays service. We will explore the themes of Winter Solstice, with a special appearance of our Nativity Animals as presented by our first grade class.

"Winter Solstice Service"
December 17 AT 5 PM

Join us as we begin celebrating this holiday season with songs and stories of the Winter Solstice. This is the time when we welcome back the light and rejoice in the light present in our world, in ourselves and in one another.  Sponsored by Cedar Lane's Journeywomen Group.

"Advent Vespers Worship"
December 20 AT 6:45 - 7:15 PM
Norman Allen

As shadows lengthen and the year comes to a close, we embrace the hopeful spirit of Advent and all the riches it has to offer. Included in the services will be readings from varied faith traditions and opportunities for shared contemplation, meditative song, and silence.  All are welcome to join us in the Chapel.

"Hope for the Holidays"
December 24 AT 10 AM
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

Let us join together in meditation and celebration as we honor the season of hope, light and healing. This intergenerational service will be led by Rev. Abhi Janamanchi and Rev. Katie Romano Griffin.

Christmas Eve Services
December 24 AT 4, 6 and 10 PM

4 pm // Family Service 

Join us for this youth-full and interactive service as folks of all ages help us unfold a unique telling of the Christmas story, complete with sing-along carols and children choirs – not to mention a little mooing, braying, and clucking! Together, we’ll look with wonder on the shimmering Christmas star and celebrate the hope and joy that it brings to a cold winter night. This service is for families with young children.

6 pm // Candlelight Service 

We join together in story and song, with carols and candle-lights and rekindle the Christmas spirit of joy, peace, and hope within each of us. An hour-long service for children & adults.

10 pm // Candlelight Service 

A reflective service of music, readings, prayer, and personal reflection. This service is best suited for adults and older children.

"Harnessing Hope"
December 31 AT 10 AM
Rev. Katie Romano Griffin & Tim Atkins

What if 2018 could be your best year yet? As 2017 is comes to a close, we will end it ritually and then begin to harness hope for the new year. This intergenerational service will be led by Rev. Katie Romano Griffin and Tim Atkins, Director of Lifespan Religious Education.