A Road Map for the New Year
by Worship Associate Dave Clements

December 30, 2012

Have you ever started on a trip without knowing where you were headed or where you wanted to arrive at eventually? Our lives are a spiritual journey and the road maps that we can create for them can and often times do lead us in the direction as to where we want to be headed. We will explore the art of road mapping.

with Worship Associate Anne Osborne

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Rest Stop
by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz and
Reverend Wayne Arnason

December 23, 2012

During any long journey, the rest stops are always welcome. Kids get to be active, parents get to relax and recharge. On the journey through any year, and on the journey of life, we have all looked forward to the holidays at the end of the year as such a rest stop. That is, unless we find them so engaging and exhausting that we end up starting the new year more drained than we were before the holiday! This service will include children at the beginning of the service with a story for all ages.

With Worship Associate Katrina Walker

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Magnificat
by John Rutter

December 16, 2012

John Rutter's initial inspiration for his Magnificat was another great masterpiece, The Magnificat by J.S. Bach. The Magnificat, the canticle of Mary (Luke 1: 46-55) traditionally formed part of the ancient service of Vespers in the medieval Roman rite. It has been set to music more often than any liturgical text other than the Mass itself.The West Shore Choir is joined by a chamber orchestra to present this work along with special holiday organ selections to open and close this special morning. Following an introit that includes our Junior Choir.

Featuring the West Shore Choir David Blazer, Director

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Born Again On The Road
by Reverend Wayne Arnason

December 9, 2012

This phrase from Henry David Thoreau was written many years before "born again" was associated only with evangelical religion. Thoreau is one of the many spiritual pilgrims in religious history (Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed) whose "road trips" changed the religious consciousness of their culture, and perhaps the world. We'll tell some of their stories, and look at being "born again" in a different way.

With Worship Associate Anne Obradovich

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Roadside Distractions
by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz

December 2, 2012

The time between Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas morning often feels like a sprint to the finish line instead of a leisurely drive through the landscape of the holiday season. During the advent season, the "road trip" that first comes to mind is the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem, a journey we can imagine involving hardships, rest stops and roadside distractions. As we make our own journey to Christmas Day, how do we keep ourselves from being distracted by all the glittery possibilities on the way to our destination?

with Worship Associate Tom Hughes

>> An unabbreviated version of the gathering music (by Free Spirit Band) has been placed at the end of the service.

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