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Needham, MA 02492

Christmas Candlelight Services


Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
In the Sanctuary
December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve Message.PDF
5:30 pm Family Friendly, Sally Fritsche preaching

Human history is rich with stories of divinity coming to Earth to teach, lead, and deliver us. The Christmas story is a beloved chapter in that tradition, held sacred by generations of believers. Join us at this 5:30pm Christmas Eve service to enjoy the story of a God who (for some reason!) chose to be born as a vulnerable baby. This service will be geared more toward our younger congregants, with singing, celebration, and the chance to kindle communal lights in the dark. Sally Fritsche preaches, with Rev. Catie, the SongSquad, and Jim & Beth Sargent participating. Remember to stay for the cookie potluck social hour at 6:30! 

7:30 pm Rev. Catie Scudera preaching

Silent, Peaceful Night PDF

At the height of the Civil War, Unitarian writer Henry Wadsworth Longfellow pondered in his poem Christmas Bells whether the angelic song at the birth of Jesus of “peace on earth, goodwill toward [all]” could ever become reality. At our later candlelight Christmas Eve worship, we’ll reflect on peace and stillness during the Christmas season when, yet again, we find war, violence, and hatred all too common in our world. Rev. Catie preaching, with the First Parish Choir and Irina Georgieva offering music.