Join us for this special holiday service as we explore the traditional Christmas story in a non-traditional way. There will be Christmas carols and the memorable story of a birth as well as sheep and cows and a few surprises. There are a few spoken parts that we need some of the older children and youth for as well as a lot of opportunity for the younger children and adults to participate. Join us for this fun, interactive, telling of an ancient story.
Beau Rivers Preaching
With the approach of the winter holidays we begin to contemplate how we might honor and celebrate the ones we hold dear. Media outlets inundate us with wonderful gift ideas that tempt our wallets with the promise of happiness. The seduction of consumerism is so great it often leads to the depletion of our financial resources. This service will explore the essence of gift giving and the true meaning of happiness.
Rev. Bev Preaching
For our Christian friends Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas as well as the return of Jesus at the second coming. But is Advent just for Christians? What can this time of waiting, anticipating mean for Unitarian Universalists? How is the symbolism of Advent relevant in today’s world?
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25 – 10:30 am
Rev. Bev Preaching
“Wise women and men from every [faith] tradition teach that gratitude is at the heart of the spiritual life because it leads us to all the rest.” That is how the Rev. Kathleen McTigue begins her meditation, “Saying Grace,” as she reminds us of the importance of real gratitude – gratitude that, in Rev. McTigue’s words, “Make us strong for the work of the world.” Join Rev. Bev this Sunday as she explores the kind of gratitude Rev. McTigue speaks about. Let’s ask ourselves if this is the type of gratitude we are practicing ourselves and, maybe more importantly, is this the type of gratitude we are teaching our children?
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18 – 10:30 am
Shakti, The Female Divine;
A Program Sunday Service with guest, Anine de Grood
Join us for this Program Committee service with guest, Anine de Grood, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton. This service will explore harmony, obstacles, longing and love poetry. Classical Indian music and dance will be a part of this special Sunday service.
Sunday April 1
Easter; A Season of Miracles
Join us for this service of story and music as we explore a Unitarian Universalist meaning of Easter and the importance of miracles to this season. Our younger children (pre-k through 2nd grade will leave the sanctuary after the first Easter miracle story and join Jenna Kyes, Director of Religious Education for a worship circle and another Easter story. Come enjoy this service as we explore the meaning of miracle – both Easter and modern-day.
Spiritual Practice; Listening and Speaking,
Rev Bev Waring Officiating
There are two types of Quaker Meetings; commonly referred to as programmed and un-programmed. A programmed meeting involves readings and music but generally not spoken words – at least not at the length of a typical sermon. An un-programmed meeting generally has no planned spoken words. What these two types of meetings have in common are periods of silence in order to allow time for that ‘still, small voice’ inside to be heard. Join us this Sunday as we explore what a programmed Quaker Meeting can bring to our spiritual experience.
Permanence and Transience, Rev Bev Preaching
One of the earliest Unitarians, the Reverend Theodore Parker of Massachusetts offered a sermon that remains today on the greatest hits list of Unitarian sermons. “A Discourse on the Transient and the Permanent in Christianity”, asked the questions, “What is permanent and true in our religion? What should we keep, and what might we be willing to let go?” These seem good questions to continue asking as we seek a balance between holding on to what is serving us well and letting go of what may be a barrier to forward thinking and movement.
Summer Service in the Chapel – Feeling Welcomed. Rev. Bev Waring Service Leader.
NOTE: This is the last summer service and therefore will be on the summer schedule with coffee and snacks available at 9:30 am and the service will start around 9:35 am.
Join Rev. Bev in the Chapel for a time of sharing your favorite reading, quote, poem, or story about feeling welcomed. What was your entry into a new place like? What happened that helped you feel a part of a new school, neighborhood, church, job, etc.? Is there a poem or book you have read that has helped you feel a part of a group?
Let’s end the summer and prepare for the upcoming church year with a time of sharing what it means to you to feel welcomed. All readings and poems welcomed. Whether they are funny or profound, self-written or a well-known classics, we want to hear your choice. Nothing comes to mind? That is ok, come anyways and hear from fellow parishioners, you never know how someone’s words may spark your own discovery. All ages welcome to attend and participate in this spontaneously created time of inspiration.
What’s Next?, Rev. Bev Waring preaching.
Join us as we end the church year with a worship service full of music, stories, and dreams about what the future holds for us. This is the last service of our “regular” church year. Summer services start next week, Sunday June 18th, in the Chapel at 9:30 am. Please see the separate schedule of summer services elsewhere in this newsletter.
This is a Chapel Start for RE.