Ringing the Bell
Prelude Away in a Manger — James Murray, arr. Fred Bock
Call to Worship Helen Pohlig
Lighting the Chalice
*Opening Hymn Joy to the World
*Unison Affirmation (615) The Work of Christmas
Embracing Meditation Nic Cable
Reading A Christmas Poem (adapted) — Dr. Maya Angelou
Reflection Mary, Did You Know?
*Hymn of Affirmation (409) Sleep, My Child
Homily My Lord, What a Morning
*Closing Hymn (232) The Hills Are Bare at Bethlehem
Postlude On This Day Earth Shall Ring — Personent Hodie, set by John Carter
About the Worship Leader
Nic Cable is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Religious Studies, as well as Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies. Nic received his Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2014. In the few years prior to coming to Unity Church, he lived in Michigan where his wife pursued her law degree. During this time, Nic worked full time for the UUA in Stewardship and Development, and part time with the UU Church of Greater Lansing. Nic feels blessed to learn and grow as a ministerial intern at Unity Church this year and is looking forward to getting to know the community.
About the Worship Associate
Worship Associate, Helen Pohlig, was raised Lutheran and explored several spiritual traditions before finding her home at Unity Church when she moved back to St. Paul seven years ago. She teaches business law seminars around the country and also does legal document review on a part-time basis. Helen lives in south Maplewood and spends much of her spare time doing various kinds of social dancing.
About the Musician
Priscilla Morton (piano) enjoys volunteering as the accompanist for the Unity children’s choir. She also enjoys her new part-time retirement career in counseling and the extra time allowed for hobbies like table tennis (the seniors at the Y are killer players) and modern dance. Priscilla has recently added a small terrier and two capable students to her household — all of whom add joy to her life.