Against All Odds: Love

Please join Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles for an Advent meditation on the miracle of life, and the centrality of love, in our lives and as the guiding star for Unitarian Universalism.

The Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles has recently retired following 32 years as a UU religious professional – most recently as Interim Lead Minister at the UU Congregations of Charlottesville, VA, of Rockville Maryland, and of Accotink UU Church in Burke, VA.  She served in a 16-year settled position as Team Minister in Arlington, VA, following a 11-year position as DRE and then Minister of Religious Education at Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria, Her graduate degrees are from Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago, IL.  She has served the UUA in a variety of elected and appointed roles including 8 years on the Board of Trustees, 4 years on the Journey Towards Wholeness Transformation Committee, and terms on the Ministerial Fellowship Committee and the RE Credentialling Committee.  She was also President of the UU Ministers Association for 4 years. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband of more than 50 years, close to their four young grandchildren.

“Spirit of Life” #123

Board Announcements  – Rob Todd

Prelude “Ode to Joy” Beethoven  –  Evan Drostin

Welcome   –  Jean Rhian,Worship Associate

Chalice Lighting  –  Rev. Dr. Olson Peebles

Opening Hymn “This Little Light of Mine” #118

Covenant of Our Fellowship (in unison)
“At the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton, we seek to nurture spiritual and intellectual growth for all ages, and to be actively involved in community outreach and service. Cherishing diversity, and celebrating our oneness with all humanity, we covenant to support each other in the spirit of compassion, respect, and love.”

Meditation  –   Rev. Dr. Olson Peebles

Joys and Sorrows  –  Jean Rhian

Offertory “Still, Still, Still” arr. Jerry Ray

Sermon “Against All Odds: Love”  –  Rev. Dr. Olson Peebles

Closing Hymn “People, Look East” #226

Closing Words and Extinguishing Our Chalice

Postlude “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” arr. Edwin McLean

Please join us for coffee and fellowship following the service.

Headphones are available for persons with hearing impairments.  Large print hymnals are also available. Please ask the usher for assistance. Note: Please silence your cell phone for the service.

Music: Abby West      Sound: Dave Moore
Usher: Don Barker
Greeters: Suzanne Todd and Ann Davis

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