Celebrating the New Year/ Fire Communion
Sunday closest to January 1. An opportunity to celebrate the beginning of a new year. Themes can include reflection upon the year that has just passed; hope for the promise of the year to come; resolutions to change; the passage of time; hope; expectation; dreaming of a creating a better tomorrow.
Some congregations celebrate the fire communion ceremony at this service. In this service, congregants burn pieces of paper containing brief descriptions of something they most wish to leave behind and light a candle for a new hope for the coming year.