First Unity Candle Lighting Sunday Service — December 19, 2021

Please join us for First Unity Church’s December 19, 2021 Candle Lighting Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. This week’s message is from Rev. Jan Mourning and is entitled “The Christmas Story.

You can livestream the service through the following direct link:

On Sunday afternoon, the link above will take you to the recording of the service. You can also watch the service from one of the links below:

Blessings, Love and Light to All!

Order of Service — December 19, 2021
12 Living Lights Candle Lighting Service

  • Welcome through Music — Mary, Did You Know? — Performed by Steve Schenkel and Deborah Sharn
  • Welcome and Announcements
  • The Daily Word and Prayer — Lighting of the Advent Candle — Lynn Mark, Prayer Chaplain
  • Congregational Hymn — Joy to the World
  • Message — The Christmas Story — Rev. Jan Mourning
  • Worship through Music — O Little Town of Bethlehem — Performed by Steve Schenkel and Deborah Sharn
  • 12 Living Lights Candle Lighting Ceremony
  • Led by Anne Hartupee and Jan Mourning
    With Hope Dodson and Mary Tumminello, Candle Lighters
    Lighting of Individual Candles – Lance Baugh, Paul Henley, and Betty Ponzar
  • Congregational Hymn — Silent Night, Holy Night
  • Blessing of the Offering
  • Prayer for Protection
  • Closing
  • Musical Ending — Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas — Performed by Steve Schenkel and Deborah Sharn

Deborah Sharn and Steve Schenkel Are Our Featured Musicians on December 19, 2021

Deborah Sharn, vocals, and Steve Schenkel, guitar

Deborah Sharn has been singing in St. Louis for many years and is a guest vocalist at various places of worship each Sunday. She is also an actress who has worked with the Black Rep, New Line Theatre, The New Jewish Theatre, and the Mustard Seed Theatre. Winner of two JUDY Awards, Deborah has performed her cabaret show, “An Evening With Deborah Sharn,” several times at the Kranzberg Art Center to sold out audiences.  By day Deborah is the Company Manager for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

Steve Schenkel is the guitarist and orchestra manager for the Fox Theater, guitarist for the Muny Opera and the St. Louis Symphony, and a freelance jazz musician. Steve has a Ph.D in Music from Washington University and a Masters Degree in Religious Studies from Webster University where he has served as an Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies for 16 years. He recently retired after 37 years at Webster University, where he founded the Jazz Studies program, the Webster Jazz Concert Series, and the Jazz Studies/Music Technology program. He taught music, media, and religion since 1980 and is now a professor emeritus.  His music is heard nationally on the PBS program “Breaking Bread,” as well as by millions of visitors each year in the multimedia show under the Gateway Arch.  Steve now serves as the Music Director for First Unity Church of St. Louis.


Divine Love, flowing through me, blesses and multiplies all I am, all I have, all I give, and all I receive.

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Thank You!

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First Unity Church
4753 Butler Hill Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63128


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