The opening words are Come Into This Place, by Rev Margaret Weis.
Come into this place with your whole self – the parts that are raw and exposed; the part that is beaming with joy; the part that is seeking the truth, the new, the possibility. Come into this place – open your heart, lay down your burden, lift up your hope – for something new to happen. Come into this place, with fellow travelers on the journey – some faces new and others familiar and all welcoming you here – now, to this moment. Come, let us worship together.
Kyrie IV from Gregorian Mass for Christmas Gregorian Chant Performed by the First UU Choir Public Domain
Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov Traditional Hanukkah Melody Public Domain Arranged and Performed by Luna Hamburg
When All the Peoples on This Earth Written by Betsy Jo Angebrand Arranged by John Prescott Performed by the First UU Choir Flautist: Emily McKinney
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen Traditional English Christmas Carol Arranged by John Prescott Performed by Eva Riebold, Luke Prescott, and John Prescott
Ma’oz Tzur Traditional 13th Century Hanukkah Chanted Liturgical Poem Public Domain Arranged and Performed by Luna Hamburg
Christmas Morning Written by Carol Bemmels and Ross Flanagan Permission Granted Performed by Paul and Rebecca Phariss
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella Traditional 17th Century French Christmas Carol Arranged by John Prescott Performed by Eva Riebold, Luke Prescott, and John Prescott
Walmart Says It’s Christmas Written by John Prescott and Paul Phariss Permission Granted Performed by Paul and Rebecca Phariss
The closing words are It’s Flung, by Rev. Scott Tayler
Joy doesn’t simply arise It flies. It flings. No, it is flung. It is passed, it is spread, between you and me, between the one who just received a gift and the one that has been looking for it a long time. It’s a beautiful and elegant contagion, over which we have more control than we think. If only we share it. If only we notice that it’s not ours to keep, but ours to pass on. So let’s light up the world, friends! Joy blesses us with its exuberance, so we can make that blessing grow!
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