Sermons


Meeting this Moment

February 05, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow
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Prophets see and speak the truth about the moment they live within. Often, they also see far out into the future of hope and imagination. How might we spark our prophetic imagination to meet and see beyond this moment?

Please join us this Sunday for worship at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m.! Ages 4 years to 5th grade attend the first part of this Sharing Sunday service with their families before being excused to Religious Education classes.  read more

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Prophetic Resistance

January 29, 2017
Rev. Justin Schroeder
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Last Saturday, at the Women’s March, one of the chants was “Refuse. Rebel. Resist.” We are in a moment where “prophetic resistance” is required of us. What is prophetic resistance and what does music, art, poetry, and spoken word have to teach us about prophetic resistance? How can prophets, poets, and artists help us summon courage, humility, and compassion we didn’t even know we had as we meet this moment?

Join us for worship this Sunday, Jan. 29 at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m.

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Finding Our Way

January 22, 2017
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
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Two days after the inauguration, one day after the women’s marches, we look to the terrain ahead. How will we find our way? What maps have our ancestors left for us? What will anchor us? One thing is for sure: we can’t go it alone.

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A Living Sanctuary

January 15, 2017
Rev. Justin Schroeder
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“Sanctuary” is a religious concept that goes all the way back to the Hebrew Scriptures. After leaving Egypt, the Hebrew people are instructed to create “sanctuary cities,” cities of refuge, for those in need, for those being persecuted, and those without a safe home. In the 1980s many churches around the country, including First Universalist, became “Sanctuary Churches,” offering protection to political refugees from Central America. We are living in a time when the idea of sanctuary is more important than ever, as many are feeling fearful and vulnerable. On this Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, we’ll explore what it means for our faith community to be a living sanctuary. read more

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Remembrance Sunday

January 08, 2017
Rev. Jen Crow
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Remembrance Sunday is a time to reflect on our losses over the past year and to honor those we love who have died. It is also an opportunity to mark other significant losses in the life of your family, such as a separation or divorce, saying goodbye to friends who’ve moved away, the passing of an animal companion, or the loss of a home, job or familiar school community.

Join us on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. for Remembrance Sunday. We’ll enjoy music by Give Get Sistet. You’re invited to bring a photo or memento of loved ones you are remembering to the sanctuary for our shared altar.

All children and youth attend the first part of worship with their families before being excused to their Religious Education classes.

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Singing Sunday

January 01, 2017
Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink
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We’re offering one service only on Sunday, Jan. 1. Join us at 10 a.m. for Singing Sunday, a multigenerational worship service led by Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink. read more

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Gifts (10 a.m. service)

December 25, 2016
Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
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Come join us on Christmas morning for a 10 a.m. worship service of meditation, music, and poetry. With musical guests, Emily Greenleaf (vocalist) and Eric Rynes (violinist) and the wonderful talents of pianist, Jerrod Wendland, we will experience the music of Karen Tanaka and rest in the poetry of Naomi Shihab Nye, Mark Nepo and others. If you long for a time of quiet and grounding before the day’s activities begin, need to be in community, and/or simply want to rest in beauty, First Universalist Church will be the place to be on Christmas morning.

Please note: this Sunday, Dec. 25, we’re offering one worship service at 10 a.m. only. There will be no Religious Education classes or childcare available at this service.

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With-ness

December 18, 2016
Rev. Justin Schroeder
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My colleague, the Rev. Phil Lund, recently wrote an Advent blog post, entitled, “Advent: The Season of With-ness.” In the Christian calendar, Advent is observed during the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Advent is a time of waiting and anticipating the birth of hope and the birth of light, in a world in which the days have shortened and darkness reigns. Advent is a time of being present, of showing up. Who, and what, are we showing up for? And how do we show up, exactly?

Join us for worship at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m.!

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Joy in the Midst of It All: Choir-led Worship

December 11, 2016
Rev. Justin Schroeder, Rev. Ruth MacKenzie
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Joy is the harbinger of our true nature and a sign of right relationship. It is more than a sense of happiness. It is better understood as getting into the flow. Joy/flow can be experienced even in the midst of ambiguity and suffering, of struggle and hardship. In this season of Presence, we invite you into a full hour of getting into the flow, joy in the midst of it all.

At this Sunday’s special music-filled worship service, the First Universalist Choir and Orchestra will be leading worship, performing “A Symphony of Carols” by Randol Alan Bass. Arranged to resemble a four-movement choral symphony, this 1997 work is an arrangement of six holiday carols.

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