December 13, 2015, 10 a.m.
Jera Cox, Director of Music
The First Unitarian Singers will perform four of the five Christmas choruses from “The Messiah”, including “Glory to God”, “O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings” (Char Jackson will be singing the aria-hooray!), “For Unto Us a Child is Born”, and “For the Glory of the Lord”. They will also be singing the Morten Lauridsen and Ivo Antognini “Magnum Mysterium” arrangements, as well as a beautiful piece entitled “The Work of Christmas”, by Howard Thurman and Dan Forrest. Our men’s quartet will be singing a lovely setting of “O Holy Night/The First Nowell”. The First Unitarian Ringers will be playing “Carol of the Bells” and “Prelude on Stille Nacht”, which meshes “Prelude in C” and “Stille Nacht” in a setting that combines organ with handbells. John Carpenter, a Cincinnati-based concert keyboardist, will skillfully accompany our singers on the organ. There will be Christmas hymn singing, accompanied by piano and organ, and some holiday piano duets never before performed. You don’t want to miss this joyful and wondrous Music Sunday!
This is also Mitten Tree Sunday. Bring mittens, gloves, hats and scarves for our friends at South Avondale School.
December 20, 2015, 10 a.m.
Rev. Sharon Dittmar
"To Be a People of Wonder"
The theme for this month is "Wonder." The holiday season can be joyful, but it can also feel frantic. With so much "to do," there is less time to reflect, to savor, and to think. Come for a service where we honor the mystery of wonder with openness and daily revelation. Bring your wonders to the service and consider "I wonder what would happen if . . ." What have you been wondering and where might this lead? Have you been missing some of the wonders of your life?