All Souls Church has Sunday service and Christmas Eve Vespers

Saturday December 22, 2012

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist invites all to worship Sunday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m.

Falling as it does between the Winter Solstice and Christmas Day, this Sunday’s service, led by All Souls member Charles Butterfield, will celebrate both with stories, poems and reminiscences presented by familiar voices from the congregation. We’ll also sing some familiar seasonal pop tunes.

The All Souls Adult choir, under the direction of Ede Thomas, will sing "Caroling, Caroling" by Alfred Burt.

This week All Souls children and youth are participating in the service. Some of the children will be sharing their voices and stories in a service that explores the deeper meaning of this sacred time of year through popular songs, stories and poetry. The children are invited to stay with their parents throughout the service to participate in this delightful event. Nursery care will be available.

All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist invites all to worship Monday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. "The First Christmas" Christmas Eve Vespers Service at 5 p.m.

The Vespers service honors our Christian heritage and explores Unitarian Universalist contributions to Christmas traditions. The Rev. Barbro Hansson will reflect on what the Nativity stories in the gospel accounts of Luke and Matthew meant to first century Christians and the light these parables can shed on our lives today. The All Souls Choir, under the direction of Ede Thomas, will offer two special anthems, "The Gloria" from Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, and "In a Manger" arranged by Donald Kalbach, from a Polish carol. Christmas Eve Vespers will end with candle lighting and singing "Silent Night, Holy Night."

All Souls Church is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary located at 29 South St. across the road from the West Brattleboro fire station and village green.

For more information or directions, call the church office at 802-254-9377, e-mail office or go online to


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