Advent 22

The World Is About To Turn

Advent 2022

There is a refrain in the beloved Advent hymn, The Canticle of the Turning, that reminds us “the world is about to turn.” This sacred season reminds us that the work of God is always unfolding – in us and through us.
Our lives, our histories, our actions are interconnected and woven together. In the midst of a time in which there is so much that is designed to divide us, what does it look like to practice belonging to one another?

SERMON SERIES

November 27
THERE IS ROOM FOR EVERY STORY
Isaiah 2: 1-5
Matthew 1: 1-17
December 4
GOD MEETS US IN OUR FEAR

Isaiah 11: 1-10
Luke 1: 26-38

December 11
WE CAN CHOOSE A BETTER WAY
Matthew 1: 18-25
December 18
WE SEE GOD IN EACH OTHER
Luke 1: 39-45, 56-58

 

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

Join us as we celebrate Christ’s birth at UCC. Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman will preach his sermon titled “We Tell This Story” at 2:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 11:00pm. 
Please make plans to join us as we celebrate God’s love together! Childcare will be available for all preschool ages during the 7:00pm and 8:00pm worship services. Childcare for 0-Threes is available during the Family Christmas Eve Service.
TRADITIONAL SANCTUARY SERVICE
2:00 PM

The daytime service at 2:00pm will include a 10-minute organ prelude, carols, and communion.
FAMILY SERVICE IN SANCTUARY 
5:00 PM

The 5:00 family service will invite
children to experience the Christmas story in
an exciting way, complete with live animals,
handbells, and carol singing.
TEN:10 SERVICE IN WALKER HALL
7:00 PM

At 7:00pm, we will
gather in Walker Hall to worship in the style of
our TEN:10 service, with acoustic guitar-led music
and Communion.
TRADITIONAL SANCTUARY SERVICE
8:00 PM

The 8:00 service will
feature candlelight and Communion; music for
both services will be led by the Chancel Choir
and handbells, cello and clarinet, preceded by a
30-minute organ prelude.
TRADITIONAL SANCTUARY SERVICE

11:00 PM

The 11:00 service will
feature candlelight and Communion; music for
both services will be led by the Chancel Choir
and handbells, cello and clarinet, preceded by a
30-minute organ prelude.

 

ADVENT EVENTS

Contemplative Prayer Service during Advent

December 1, 8, 15, 22 | Room 150 | 6:15pm
Join Rev. Shannon Moore and Mary Jane Alland
for a time of silent prayer and contemplation on
Thursdays during the season of Advent. We will
begin with an 8-minute “sit” followed by a time
of reflection. Each week we’ll increase the time
by a few minutes. This is a great way to experience
contemplative prayer for both beginners
and the more experienced.
Childcare is available upon request.
Contact Shannon Moore if you have questions!

Abundant Simplicity: A Formation Series for Advent

Formation is a weekly conversation for followers of Jesus hosted by Kera Watts, Shannon Moore and Renee Hoke. For the busy season of Advent, our hosts have selected Jan Johnson’s book Abundant Simplicity: Discovering the Unhurried Rhythms of Grace. Johnson’s book encourages readers to practice simplicity—not a spiritual discipline but a way of being. We practice simplicity when we intentionally arrange our life around God—what God is doing in us and in this world—and let the rest drop away.  Simplicity of speech, frugality, spaciousness of time, holy leisure, simplicity of appearance and technology.  Join us for weekly conversations as we explore the gifts of simplicity during the holy season of Advent

Click Here to see formation playlist
Women's Christmas High Tea

Saturday , December 10, 1-30-3:00 pm
Rose Garden Tea Room at The Mercantile (on Weatherford Circle)

Cost: $30 (includes tax and gratuity)
Reservations are required no later than Monday, December 5.
A favorite Christmas gathering and a special treat for women
in the church. The sandwiches, desserts, tea, and coffee are
delicious. The hospitality of the Rose Garden Tea Room at The
Mercantile is exceptional. The experience is exquisite!
And you have the opportunity to shop at the antique
store! What a wonderful way to treat yourself, get
better acquainted, and do a little Christmas shopping.

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In Terra Pax

December 11 | 9:00am & 11:00am Sanctuary services


The Chancel Choir will present “In Terra Pax”, a Christmas Scene by Gerald Finzi during the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services on Sunday, December 11. Baritone David Grogan and Soprano Jennifer Chung Quintard will be joined by professional strings and Harpist Laura Brandenburg, directed by Rev. Dr. Todd Prickett.  Organ and harp music will also be featured throughout the service

 

Gifts of Hope

Virtual Market  | November 23-December 31

Join us for a unique holiday shopping experience at our alternative giving market, Gifts of Hope. Each purchase will include a Gifts of Hope card and insert about your gift – ready to mail or hand deliver to the special people in your life.

Orders must be placed by December 21 to receive your gift cards by Christmas Eve. Click the link below to visit our Gifts of Hope page to learn more about the ministries we are supporting this year, and view the order form or start shopping today! 

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Christmas Angels Wrap Night

Sunday, December 11| 5 – 6pm

All ages are welcome and encouraged to help assemble the gift bags! Sign up  to be part of our Wrap Night Crew and help with a specific role like item distribution, check-in, deliveries, etc., or join us in Walker Hall at 5pm for instructions before we head up to the 2nd floor to fill gift bags. Childcare will be available for those ages 5 and under.

Christmas Angels is a long standing UCC outreach ministry. We are grateful for your contributions that make this ministry possible year after year. Through monetary gifts provided by our UCC family, we have collectively benefited hundreds of children in our community each year. Donations of all amounts make an impact and are appreciated. Approximately $100.00 provides a gift bag that gives each child a new coat, sweatshirt, jeans, shoes, socks, underwear, a toy, a book and a Bible. 

Follow the link below to sign up to serve or make a financial gift to support this ministry! 

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Belltower concert series presents: Singing Girls of Texas & Texas Boys Choir


Monday, December 12| 7pm

Join the Texas Singing Girls and Texas Boys Choir for a Holiday concert in the UCC Sanctuary. Free Admission.

Christmas Eve Special Offering

When we live out our core value of generosity, we respond to God’s abundance with gratitude as we invest in God’s calling for our community. For that reason, we will once again gift 100% of our Christmas Eve offering to a local community partner. This year, University Christian Church will share these gifts with the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC).  Since 1989 TCHC has been leading the community solution to end homelessness in greater Tarrant and Parker counties by working with over 40 partner agencies towards a shared vision of a vibrant community where everyone has a place to call home.

The Homeless Coalition serves as a collaborative force, providing partner agencies with the guidance and resources to ensure that interventions are effective and efficient for people in need in our community. Our gifts will not only impact TCHC, they will touch all of the partner organizations and programs they serve.

You can help transform the lives of our neighbors experiencing homelessness by making a gift this Christmas. Simply share your gifts at one of our in-person services on Christmas Eve, or on our website by selecting the “Christmas Eve Offering” fund. Checks can also be sent to the church and designated “Christmas Eve Offering.”

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Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival

Performances January 7th & 8th, 2023 at 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm

The story of the Boar’s Head, the legend of the Yule Log, the story of King Wenceslas, the angelic message to the shepherds, the journey and gifts of the Magi, and more are woven together and lead us to the adoration of the Christ Child. 

Each year, more than 300 people, including characters of all social statures, the UCC Chancel and Handbell Choirs, the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, along with everyone behind the scenes taking care of props costumes, makeup, the stage, and cleanup come together to make this festival possible. 

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Weekly Worship Videos

December 4th, 2022
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2022-12-04 - Sermon - God Meet Us In Our Fear | The World is about to Turn - Advent 2022

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