This morning our services are inspired by the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. This summer 9 innocent Black people were shot and killed in a Wednesday night service at their church and within hours their family members expressed "forgiveness" for the perpetrator of this heinous act. How is that possible? We will explore the teachings on the necessity of forgiveness in our lives from the Jewish as well as many other religious traditions. Our youth will present a dramatic version of the biblical story of "Jonah and the Whale." The Rev. Rosiello will be preaching and assisted by Intern Minister, Ilene Gillispie in leading worship. The music will include traditional Hebrew songs and the great spiritual, "Freedom Come."
Listen to Past Services
Sunday, September 13th, 2015
We officially begin the church year with a return to two services and the commencement of this year's religious education program for children and youth. We will "pull out all the stops" to welcome you back and begin what promises to be a great church year. All the staff will be taking part in worship and there will be lots of participation from volunteers of all ages. Our music, under the Direction of Mike Pfitzer, will include contributions from the adult choir, youth singers, drummers and members of the Jazz band, as well as Organist/Pianist, Sanghee Kim. Our new Intern Minister, Ilene Gillispie, will be assisting Rev. Tom Rosiello in leading worship. The sermon by Rev. Rosiello will focus on the question of why going to a church is important in our lives. This service will not only be a great opportunity for members to reconnect with each other and our tradition, but also an excellent introduction to our church and Unitarian Universalism for new-comes. Please join us for this uplifting service and please bring friends or neighbors who might be interested in finding a spiritual home.
Sunday, May 31st, 2015
Our Senior Youth, along with the Junior Youth, will present a service for all on this Sunday. An integral part of the service will be the presentation of personal credos by our 10th and 11th grade youth as a culmination of their year-long participation in the Coming of Age Program. Be prepared to enjoy a wonderful service presented by a group of truly awesome youth!
Sunday, May 10th, 2015
Many of us are familiar with the traditional Christian story of Mary, but did you know that Mary is an important figure in many religions? On this Mothers' Day, we will take a musical look at Mary in different forms of Christianity, the Russian Orthodox Church, and Islam. The Youth Choir and Adult Choir will sing anthems from these religions, and we'll tell stories of Mary from each of these traditions.
Sunday, April 26th, 2015
The Rev. Dr. Judith Wright
His Holiness, The Fourteenth Dalai Lama says that his religion is “kindness.” What does it mean to have a religion of kindness? What is kindness? How can we learn to develop more kindness within ourselves? Rev. Judith Wright will lead worship this morning.
Sunday, April 12th, 2015
Life, like music, moves at different tempos. Speed can be thrilling, but also pressured. Efficiency is important of course, but we need to slow down. On the other hand, a slower pace can be lovely and contemplative, yet also lugubrious. And life is short, time's a-wasting, so hurry up! How do we strike a balance, and get the timing right? This Sunday Worship, entirely put together by the Parish Jazz Band and filled with their music, both fast and slow, will be a meditation on the various tempos of our lives—how we keep them, how we measure them, and how we set the pace.
Sunday, April 5th, 2015
Join us for an uplifting service that will focus on what the Easter message can mean in our lives today. After a special Easter Message for All Ages, our children will leave for the "Great Easter Egg Hunt." Both services will be filled with "Hallelujahs" and other great Easter music. We will conclude both services with an invitation to join the choir in singing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. It will be a wonderful morning. Treat yourself to the experience and bring a friend.
Sunday, March 29th, 2015
March ends and April begins with important times of religious observance on both the Jewish and Christian calendars. With the teachings of Passover and Palm Sunday on our minds, we will examine the themes of freedom, liberation, survival and oppression and ask ourselves the difficult question, "Does my freedom come at the price of some else's oppression?” Our music will include songs of freedom and Passover. The Rev. Tom Rosiello will be preaching and leading worship.
Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
We are a teaching congregation. That can mean many things. It means that we place great value on teaching our children, not only about religion, but about the ways to live a good life. We are all their teachers and mentors. It also means that we serve as a congregation that helps to teach those preparing for the ministry in our faith tradition. This Sunday we will celebrate both. We will a be joined by Ilene Gillespie (our intern minister for next year) at both services and our minister, Tom Rosiello, will interview her about how she will mentor our youth, what she can teach us and what we can teach her. A great skit from The RE Committee also awaits you. And on top of all that, we will also welcome a "much needed spring!"
Sunday, March 8th, 2015
Having just returned from Mexico, our minister, Tom Rosiello, will share some of the things he experienced and the lessons we might take from them. Our service will have a "south of the border flavor." At the 9 AM service we will also recognize all those children who have completed our First Chalice Program.