Holidays and Traditions

Spring Awakening A whole congregation worship service

The seasons continue cycling through the year. We stand at the mid-point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Many cultures celebrate this occasion by saying farewell to winter and welcoming spring. We’ll be doing it too, drawing on Jewish, pagan and Japanese sources. Expect stories about trees, fish and incantations driving out demons and welcoming in happiness. Chalice Choir sings. Order of Service

Fire Communion

In between the closing of the old year and the unfurling of the new, we come together in a ritual of reflection, letting go, and looking forward. Fire Communion is an opportunity to cast the emotional baggage of the old year into the flames and, lighter in spirit, set our intentions for the year to come.

The Day Before Christmas

That’s right! Christmas Eve day falls on a Sunday this year and we’re not taking a “Bah humbug!” attitude. Join us for stories and carols. This is a worship service for all ages. Read:

Christmas Eve Celebration

On this evening, we gather with candles, carols and story to commemorate our fellowship and the gifts of the season. Bring your family and friends. All are invited to this service for all ages.

In Memoriam: Remembrance Day

We commemorate this year’s Remembrance Day with a service of meditations, in word and music, on the tragedy of war and the gift of nature and peace. The Chalice Choir sings.

On Gratitude and the Power of Life

Continuing in the spirit of our Thanksgiving season, in word, music and art, we’ll share thoughts and feelings about the things we are grateful for and the power of life we enjoy. We welcome all ages to this worship service.

Thanksgiving in a Bent World

The phrase bent world comes from a movingly beautiful sonnet by Gerard Manley Hopkins, which yet expresses his grounds for thanksgiving. In today’s even more bent and battered world, what do we in our turn find to be thankful for? The Chalice Choir sings. Listen:

Thoughts on Canada at 150

It only comes around once – the occasion to recognize the 150th anniversary of Canada becoming an independent, modern nation. A good time to take stock of the road we have traveled so far, and a glimpse of things to come. Tamiko Suzuki Setty Pendakur Geoff Gomery (read by Sasha Gomery) Olivia Hall Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson Music by Jane Slemon and friends Listen:    

Mother’s Day/Flower Communion

The Flower Communion is a central rite for Unitarians around the world. At our congregation, it coincides nicely with Mother’s Day, celebrating how our individual contributions to mentoring/parenting/ mothering enable our children and young people to grow up and flourish as adults. Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson Listen:  May 14 – Mothers Day 2017 (361.0 KiB)    

Fire Communion

Fresh on the first dawn of 2017, our Fire Communion service will renew our annual incendiary ritual to help us burn away a dark year and light a path to a bright future. Leonie Armstrong and Patrick Dubois (Leonie Armstrong bio)