Rev. Gary’s talk on joy features a powerful readers’ theater presentation of “The Christmas Truce,” the true story of English and German troops celebrating Christmas together during World War I.


Sunday, December 22, 2019 “Living Joy”

Affirmation: “I am filled with the joy of living.”

Reader’s Theater: “A Christmas Truce” with Quinton Walker, Maggie Alderman, Leslie Woods and Gary Canier

If you’re feeling little of no joy, consider asking for God’s help: “Today, grant me moments of joy.” Even during challenging times, a pleasant memory or acts of loving-kindness can evoke quiet, internal joy. By asking, we open our awareness to the joy around and within us.” Monday, December 23, 2019 Rev. Bronte Colbert
“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.” Thomas S. Monson
Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.
Joy has no cost. Marianne Williamson

“Peace is joy at rest. Joy is peace on its feet.” Anne Lamott

It is possible for us to count just the joys of living and forget, or at least minimize, the trials so that we can break our bondage to them. (DARE TO BELIEVE! by May Rowland 127)

Unity Chamber Readers Present: “The Christmas Truce” by Aaron Shepard

It does not matter what direction our lives have taken; the only inevitable cause of us leads to God, to good, and to joy. (HALFWAY UP THE MOUNTAIN, by Martha Smock 30).