Prelude: "Los Peces en el Rio", Christmas Live, Mannheim Steamroller.

Bell Tone / Chalice Lighting

Opening Words p. 615 / Welcome

Song, "Christmas Canon" Christmas Attic, By Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Announcements

Joys, Concerns, Birthdays

Offeratory, "Adoramus, Te Christ," From Celebrate the Seasons.

Singing, I Heard the Bells, p. 240

Responsive Reading: #616

Topic: An Important Message From Thich Nhat Hanh

Speaker: Sue Crowley

Comments / Discussion

Reading of the Covenant

Postlude: "Carol of the Bells" Celebrate the Seasons

*** Marco Valdez assisted Today

Social Time, following the service.

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the best known and most respected Zen master in the world today. He is a poet, peace and human rights activist.

In 1966 Thay (meaning teacher as he prefers to be called) made the case for peace to federal and Pentagon officials. He persuaded Martin Luther King, Jr. to oppose the Vietnam War publicly and so helped to galvanize the peace movement.

In 1982 he founded Plum Village, a Buddhist community in exile in France where he continues to alleviate suffering of refugees, boat people, political prisoners and the hungry. He has written Cultivating the Mind of Love, Peace in Every Step, Being Peace, Living Buddha Living Christ, The Miracle of Mindfulness and many others.

Thich Nhat Hanh's key teaching is that through mindfulness, we can learn to live in the present moment instead of the past and in the future.

Dwelling in the present moment is, according to Nhat Hanh, the only way to truly develop peace, both in one'ss self and in the world.

We affirm and promote: the goal of the world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.