Ted Lasso, Maccabees, and the Miracle of Hope

Ted Lasso, Maccabees, and the Miracle of Hope

All are welcome. Masks required.

To deny that life has its share of disappointments, frustrations, losses, and setbacks (especially after our shared pandemic experience), would be unrealistic and ultimately, counterproductive to our personal growth and well-being. Coach Ted Lasso, the folksy protagonist of the hit TV show, doesn’t deny it. Even so, he posts “Believe” signs around the locker room and asks his English football team at a pivotal moment, “Do you believe in miracles? Hope is a miracle.” As we meet this morning during the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah, with miracles abounding within its story, we’ll explore our fascination with miracles and how embracing “tragic optimism” opens us to gratitude, joy, and possibility. Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker preaching, with Worship Associate Pia Driessen-Knittle offering a personal reflection on hope. Music from the Beacon choir, under the direction of Jason Drahos, with accompanist Austin Shaw.

Come to the Post-Service Gatherings at 11 am to connect, share joys and sorrows, and reflect on the service. These will be held in person, in the backyard of the church so that we may remove our masks. 



In CartUUns, for K-5th, we will be watching “Your Friend The Rat” and discussing fear, the ways we can combat fear, and animals! Craft bags will be available for pickup throughout the week. Email office@beaconuu.com to schedule. Join us at 10am on Zoom or in-person! Zoom link in the newsletter.

In D’oh God, for 6th+, we will be watching a Simpson’s episode titled:  The Greatest Story Ever D’oh’God  (Season 21, Episode 16).  This episode follows the Simpsons on a trip to Jerusalem.  We will consider the religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in our discussion! Join us at 1130am on Zoom. Zoom link in the newsletter.