Upcoming Worship Services
Spiritual question: What Does It Mean To Be A People Of Possibility?
January 6 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM
Rev. Clare Petersberger: The Magi’s Journey and Our Own
Today Christian churches are celebrating the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem. They recognized the holiness of the baby and bestowed their gifts. Then, being warned in a dream to avoid Herod, the Magi returned home by another route. How does this ancient story of a journey in search of something meaningful reflect our own? What is calling us to be and do something new? What possibilities does 2019 hold for us?
January 13 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM - NEW MEMBER RECOGNITION
Rev. Clare Petersberger: The Seemingly Impossible Can Be Possible
As we welcome members who have joined us since June, we celebrate the gifts and perspectives they bring to our faith community. What is your world view---hopeful or despairing? What is the source of authority for your world view? And when, in your life, and with whom, have you felt that the seemingly impossible might be possible?
January 20 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM
Rev. Clare Petersberger: The Theology Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Our Own
Part of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is his theology. What was his theology and how did it sustain his work for justice? What possibilities does his theological legacy offer you as you build your own theology and work for justice today? And what possibilities does it offer Unitarian Universalism in 2019?
January 27 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM
Karyn Bergmann Marsh: “Where Do We Go From Here?”
This question begins the title of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last book. Like many of Rev. King’s sermons and writings, this book is prophetic, but also very practical, offering steps and solutions. Yet, more than 50 years later, America is still struggling with the issues of racism, classism and sexism. The Black Lives Matter and #Metoo Movements seem to suggest that very little progress has occurred with regard to dismantling these oppressive systems. On top of all this, organized religion seems to be on the decline. Building on Rev. Clare Petersberger’s January 20 exploration of Rev. King’s theology, Lay Worship Associate and seminarian, Karyn Bergmann Marsh will offer the possibilities for Unitarian Universalism to be a religious voice on these issues in the 21st Century.
Spiritual question: What Does It Mean To Be A People Of Trust?
February 3 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM
Rev. Clare Petersberger, Dr. Neil Porter, Joyce Duncan, Tracy Hall, Lora Powell Haney, and the Stewardship Team: Stir It Up!
We often associate the admonition to “Stir it up” with preparing food; feeding our bodies; and sharing a meal with family and friends. Today, we celebrate how the admonition to “Stir it up” applies to preparing ourselves to become the people we are meant to be; to nurturing our spirits; and to living out our hopes and ideals in community. Today, through a story about making pancakes, the magnificent music of our Choir, an inspirational stewardship testimonial, and stories, we accept the invitation in Hebrews to “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works!” Plan to stay for the delicious Stewardship brunch after each service.
February 10 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM
Rev. Clare Petersberger: No One Is Born Knowing How To Trust
The title of today’s worship service comes from Cynthia Wall, a clinical social worker and author. Our spiritual question this month is “What does it mean to be a people of trust?” On this Sunday closest to Valentine’s Day, we shall explore our own understanding of trust and how we learned it. For in the words of Maya Angelou, “I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”