Services

Here are some of our previous services, with music, readings, and sermons.

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." - Charles M. Schulz 
Sunday, June 25, 2017 - Prelude: “Beauty in You” by Meg Barnhouse   Welcome: Wind, Water, Sun By Seth Carrier-Ladd Chalice Lighting: The Pride Flame By Linda Lee Franson   Song: Gathered Here Rainbow Principles: Respect the importance of all beings. Offer fair and kind treatment to all. Yearn to learn throughout life. Grow by exploring ideas and values together. Believe … Continue reading Sunday, June 25, 2017
Coopers Rock overlook Sunday, June 4, 2017: Coopers Rock State Forest - Prelude – Wildflowers by Dolly Parton with Emmylou Harris &Linda Ronstadt Chimes Opening for Flower Communion By Thomas Rhodes  Announcements Greeting:  #361  “Enter Rejoice and Come In”   Greet your neighbor in any way you feel comfortable, as we sing this familiar song.  Chalice Lighting: Infinite Spirit of Life, we ask thy blessing on these By … Continue reading Sunday, June 4, 2017: Coopers Rock State Forest
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Prelude: “GONNA BUILD A MOUNTAIN” from Stop The World I Want to Get Off Composed by Bricusse and Newley  Performed by Penn Yan Community Chorus Welcome: “You come into the world with nothing, and the purpose of your life is to make something out of nothing.”  – Henry Louis Mencken Chalice Lighting: Global Chalice Lighting … Continue reading Sunday, May 21, 2017
Sunday March 26, 2017 - Prelude: Persephone Smiles by Heather Jinmaku Welcome: Springtime Call to Worship By Susan Davison Archer The earth is warming, the birdsong increases, the sweeter breezes brush our cheeks, and the earth holds hope in its seeds and buds. Come, let us gather this morning, with joyful noise, with warm hearts, and with hopeful spirits, for … Continue reading Sunday March 26, 2017
Sundial Sunday March 12 2017: Saving Daylight - Prelude: Here Comes the Sun – George Harrison Welcome: Here in this sanctuary – Jack Mendelsohn Welcome to this community. Here in this sanctuary of ancient dreams and wisdom and beauty we come to grow, to be healed, to stretch mind and heart, to be challenged, renewed; to be helped in our own continuing struggles … Continue reading Sunday March 12 2017: Saving Daylight
Sunday February 12, 2017 - Prelude: P!NK “Don’t Let me Get Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asaCQOZpqUQ Welcome: “All That Lies Within You” by Angela Herrera Consider this an invitation To you. Yes-you With all your happiness And all of your burdens, Your hopes and regrets. An invitation if you feel good today, And an invitation if you do not, If you are aching- … Continue reading Sunday February 12, 2017
Sunday February 5, 2017: Democratic Process - Prelude: Heyr himna smiður – Árstíðir [Heyr, himna smiður (Hear, Smith of the Heavens) was written by the Icelandic chieftain and poet Kolbeinn Tumason, according to tradition, on his deathbed in 1208 AD. Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson set the poem to music in 1973. This recording features the Icelandic “Indie Rock” group Árstíðir. For more information, see … Continue reading Sunday February 5, 2017: Democratic Process
Sunday January 8, 2017 - Prelude:  Willow by Heather Jinmaku Welcome: Do Not Be Alone Right Now By Karen G. Johnston Do not be alone right now. Gather together. Gathering together grows courage: in ourselves and in others who see the numbers swelling. It is a small thing, but right now it is an important thing. Great sources of wisdom … Continue reading Sunday January 8, 2017
Sunday December 18, 2016 - If you were unable to come on Sunday, we missed you! See what you missed here.
Swallow Falls State Park, Oakland, MD Sunday December 4, 2016: Walking In the Woods - Prelude: Heyr himna smiður – Árstíðir [Heyr, himna smiður (Hear, Smith of the Heavens) was written by the Icelandic chieftain and poet Kolbeinn Tumason, according to tradition, on his deathbed in 1208 AD. Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson set the poem to music in 1973. This recording features the Icelandic “Indie Rock” group Árstíðir. For more information, see … Continue reading Sunday December 4, 2016: Walking In the Woods
Sunday November 20, 2016: Joy in the Moment - Prelude: Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens Welcome: Look To This Day by Kalidasa Look to this day: For it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course Lie all the verities and realities of your existence. The bliss of growth, The glory of action, The splendor of beauty Are but experiences … Continue reading Sunday November 20, 2016: Joy in the Moment
Martha and Waitstill Sharp Sunday, October 4, 2016: Defying the Nazis - Welcome: To Remind Ourselves What Is Real, By Elena Westbrook In a world ravaged by violence, by hatred, by conflicts that seem eternal and insoluble, sometimes the only thing we can do is be still for a moment to remind ourselves what is real: the sun that rose this morning, the dirt under our feet, … Continue reading Sunday, October 4, 2016: Defying the Nazis
Sunday, September 4, 2016: Love in a Time of Fear and Loathing - Prelude: Once to Every Man and Nation Welcome: Thich Nhat Hanh (SLT 505) Let us be at peace with our bodies and our minds. Let us return to ourselves and become wholly ourselves. Let us be aware of the source of being, common to us all and to all living things. Evoking the presence of … Continue reading Sunday, September 4, 2016: Love in a Time of Fear and Loathing
Sunday August 14, 2016 - Prelude: Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqnssBkUSS8 Welcome: Committed to Respond By Lynn Harrison Committed to respond to the call of a wounded world… We join together this day with loving hearts, hands and minds. Embracing the interconnected web of water, air and earth… We light a fire of sustaining hope, ever bright with love … Continue reading Sunday August 14, 2016
6 Turning Leaves Sunday August 7, 2016: Redemptive Art? - Prelude: Amarillo by Morning – George Strait Welcome: We gather together to face ourselves honestly, By Philip Larson We gather together to face ourselves honestly, to forgive ourselves gently, to love one another fervently. Chalice lighting: For every time we make a mistake, By Maureen Killoran For every time we make a mistake and we … Continue reading Sunday August 7, 2016: Redemptive Art?
Sunday July 17, 2016 - Prelude: Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony 2nd Movement  Welcome: “Belief must be something different from a mixture of opinions about God and the world, and of precepts for one life or for two. Piety cannot be an instinct craving for a mess of metaphysical and ethical crumbs.” ― Friedrich Schleiermacher, On Religion: Speeches to Its Cultured Despisers … Continue reading Sunday July 17, 2016
Sunday July 10, 2016 - Welcome  – Mission and Covenant   Our Mission Be a beacon and a refuge for all Worship joyfully Grow in spirit Touch our community Our Covenant Love is the doctrine of this church, The quest of truth is our sacrament, and service is our prayer. To dwell together in peace, To seek knowledge in freedom, … Continue reading Sunday July 10, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016: In All Thy Getting, Get Understanding - “In All Thy Getting, Get Understanding” Our service this morning consisted of the live feed of the Sunday morning worship service at the 2016 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association in Columbus, Ohio.
Dissenter of Sidmouth Sunday, May 22, 2016: Dissent, Heresy, and Innovation - Unv Prelude Galileo – Indigo Girls Welcome The beauty of the whole – Meg Barnhouse We gather to worship, our hearts alive with hope that here we will be truly seen, that here we will be welcomed into the garden of this community, where the simple and the elegant, the fluted and frilled, the shy … Continue reading Sunday, May 22, 2016: Dissent, Heresy, and Innovation
Sunday May 8, 2016 – Full Service - Prelude: Perfect by Pink Welcome: Even in the most broken places, there is room for love By Becky Brooks Mother’s Day is complicated. Joyful for many, yes, but complicated. It’s right there on the calendar, even if your mother has died. Even if you’ve been told, yet again, that you’re still not pregnant; or if … Continue reading Sunday May 8, 2016 – Full Service
Sunday, April 24, 2016: Frontier Faith and a God of Love - Prelude: Morning Prayer by Hosea Ballou Sung by Second Ireland Sacred Harp Singers Welcome Hosea Ballou said “Man, being not only a religious, but also a social being, requires for the promotion of his rational happiness religious institutions, which, while they give a proper direction to devotion, at the same time make a wise, and … Continue reading Sunday, April 24, 2016: Frontier Faith and a God of Love
Mounted Knight Sunday April 10, 2016: Our Quests and Spiritual Journeys - Prelude Tri Martolod – Alan Stivell Welcome The beauty of the whole – Meg Barnhouse We gather to worship, our hearts alive with hope that here we will be truly seen, that here we will be welcomed into the garden of this community, where the simple and the elegant, the fluted and frilled, the shy … Continue reading Sunday April 10, 2016: Our Quests and Spiritual Journeys
Sunday April 3, 2016: In the Body of This World - Prelude: Lauryn Hill “Mystery of Iniquity” Welcome:  Chalice Lighting: Chalice Lighting for Challenging Times By Lisa Doege “Why a flaming chalice?” the question comes. It’s the cup of life, we answer. A cup of blessings overflowing. A cup of water to quench our spirits’ thirst. A cup of wine for celebration and dedication. The flame … Continue reading Sunday April 3, 2016: In the Body of This World
Flower Communion and Egg Hunt: Sunday March 27, 2016 - Prelude Mother Spirit Father Spirit Norbert Čapek, sung by Waco UUC Welcome Today we are celebrating our Flower Communion, which was created by Dr. Norbert Čapek for the Liberal Religious Fellowship he founded in Prague, then Czechoslavakia, in 1925, and which became the largest Unitarian Church in the world. He sought a ceremony that would … Continue reading Flower Communion and Egg Hunt: Sunday March 27, 2016
Sunday March 20, 2016: Self Esteem - Prelude:   Welcome: This morning we have treat for you. Some of our young people have worked together to prepare this morning’s service. Come into this circle of community. Come into this sacred space. By Andrew Pakula Come into this circle of community. Come into this sacred space. Be not tentative. Bring your whole self! Bring … Continue reading Sunday March 20, 2016: Self Esteem
Sunday March 13, 2016: Firsts Aren’t the Only Thing - Prelude: Balm in Gilead by Nina Simone Welcome: History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside. John F. Kennedy Chalice Lighting:UU Heritage Chalice Lighting By Elizabeth M Strong Our Unitarian heritage bids us light our chalice In … Continue reading Sunday March 13, 2016: Firsts Aren’t the Only Thing
Sunday March 6, 2016: The Spirit of the Broken - Prelude   “Will I” from RENT “I Bet My Life” by Imagine Dragons Welcome – Come into this circle of love and justice By Marilyn J Sewell Come into this circle of love and justice, Come into this community where we can dream and Believe in those dreams— Come into this holy space where we remember who … Continue reading Sunday March 6, 2016: The Spirit of the Broken
Sunday, February 28, 2016: Ten Irrational Ideas, Suffering, and Love - Welcome Prelude: Secure Yourself to Heaven – Indigo Girls Chalice Lighting World Chalice Lighting for February —Rev. Dr. Ian Ellis-Jones Australian and New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association We light this Chalice, a living symbol of the one Life that animates and sustains all things and all persons, the one Life in which we all live … Continue reading Sunday, February 28, 2016: Ten Irrational Ideas, Suffering, and Love
Sunday February 7, 2016: The Mind’s Old Wilderness Cut Down - uaPrelude: Out in the Country – Three Dog Night Welcome: Wind, Water, Sun – Seth Carrier-Ladd Wind that whispers through the willow trees Sun that sustains us Water that washes over willing earth and weathered stones A smile shared and savored A child’s squeal of delight as she dances in the daisies and daffodils The … Continue reading Sunday February 7, 2016: The Mind’s Old Wilderness Cut Down
Sunday, 31 January 2016: Grace, Gratitude, and Privilege - Prelude: Let Her Go – Passenger Welcome Chalice Lighting May We Look With Gratitude Upon This Day – Michael R. Leduc May we look with gratitude upon this day, for the beauty of the world, for the first radiance of dawn and the last smoldering glow of sunset. Let us be thankful for physical joys, … Continue reading Sunday, 31 January 2016: Grace, Gratitude, and Privilege
Sunday January 3, 2016: Altars, Shrines, and Every Day Practice - Prelude Chalice Lighting: Rabbi Hillel, a Jewish contemporary of Jesus, said, “Separate not thyself from the congregation and its concerns, nor postpone thought for thy spirit until the day of thy death. Say not, ‘By and by, when I have leisure, I will care for my soul,’ lest perchance thou never find leisure.” Song: Come, … Continue reading Sunday January 3, 2016: Altars, Shrines, and Every Day Practice
Sunday December 20, 2015: Celebrate the Light - Prelude: Ring Solstice Bells by Jethro Tull Welcome Chalice Lighting We gather in the chill of winter solstice, finding warmth from each other, nourishing hope where reason fails. Grateful for small miracles, we rejoice in the wonder of light and darkness and the daring of hope. I’d like to invite each of each who has … Continue reading Sunday December 20, 2015: Celebrate the Light
Sunday December 13, 2015: Politics and Religion - Welcome Welcome and Happy Holidays, Happy St. Nicholas Day, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Abolition Day, Bodhi Day (Tuesday), Second Sunday of Advent Chalice Lighting ~ Kimberly Knight, Minister of Digital Community, Extravagance UCC No, my prayers will not stop the killing. No, my prayers will not bring back the innocent. No, my prayers will not relax … Continue reading Sunday December 13, 2015: Politics and Religion
Sunday November 22, 2015: The ‘Miracle’ of Good Luck, New Jersey - Welcome: Welcome to this Place, by Cathy Rion Starr Welcome to this place of peace; May we find some moments of quiet contemplation. Welcome to this place of celebration; May our hearts soar with gratitude for the gift of life. Welcome to this place of sacred love; May we gently hold all that is broken … Continue reading Sunday November 22, 2015: The ‘Miracle’ of Good Luck, New Jersey
Flaming chalice Sunday 16 November 2014: Church — What Is It Good For? - Church — What Is It Good For? Chalice Lighting For me the essence of Unitarian Universalism is the responsible search for my personal spiritual truth in a loving and supportive community that values that search. The analogy I use is the campfire or hearth. When the cold, existential winds of the uncaring universe blew hard … Continue reading Sunday 16 November 2014: Church — What Is It Good For?
Sunday 20 January 2013: Optimism - Optimism John Hall Service Leader Chalice Lighting Principles Sermon: On the nature of Optimism: What is Optimism? It’s a positive outlook. It is a decision to both see the good in people and situations and people, and to foster a spirit of hope.
Sunday 6 January 2013: Perfect Prayer - Perfect Prayer Ginnie McNeil Service Leader Chalice Lighting Principles   The Source of Miracles 7 Steps to Transforming Your Life Through The Lord’s Prayer
Sunday 9 December 2012: There’s Something About Mary - There’s Something About Mary Suzie Hall Service Leader There’s Something About Mary
Sunday 4 November 2012: Voodoo - Voodoo Chalice Lighting Principles Service: Louisiana Voodoo Joys and Sorrows April Pierson-Keating Service Leader
Sunday 21 October 2012: Masks - Masks Chalice Lighting Principles Service: Masks Joys and Sorrows Suzie Hall Service Leader Order of service for Masks
Sunday 23 September 2012:Repent and Be Saved - Repent and Be Saved Prelude: Enter, Rejoice, and Come In  – played by the Biggest Crazy UU Band in Nashua at least (courtesy of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, New Hampshire) Enter, rejoice, and come in. Enter, rejoice, and come in. Today will be a joyful day; enter, rejoice, and come in. Open your … Continue reading Sunday 23 September 2012:Repent and Be Saved
Sunday 13 May 2012 - What My Imperfect Mother Taught Me About Perfection Chalice Lighting We light this candle as a symbol of our faith. By its light may our vision be illumined; By its warmth may our fellowship be encouraged; And by its flame may our yearnings for peace, justice and the life of the spirit be enkindled. Principles … Continue reading Sunday 13 May 2012
Tygart Valley River Sunday 22 Apr 2012: Earth Day - Earth Day Picnic at Valley Falls State Park Chalice Lighting O hidden life that vibrates in each atom, O hidden light that shines in each creature, O hidden love that embraces everything in unity, May all who feel one with you Know that for this very reason we are one with all the others. — … Continue reading Sunday 22 Apr 2012: Earth Day
Sunday 26 Feb 2012 - Altars, Shrines, and Every Day Practice Chalice Lighting: Rabbi Hillel, a Jewish contemporary of Jesus, said, “Separate not thyself from the congregation and its concerns, nor postpone thought for thy spirit until the day of thy death. Say not, ‘By and by, when I have leisure, I will care for my soul,’ lest perchance thou … Continue reading Sunday 26 Feb 2012
Sunday 19 Feb 2012 - Loving-Kindness Chalice Lighting Principles Loki’s Shocking Proclamation My son shocked me, recently. He told me that except for his family and friends (including future friends) he hated everyone. To be fair, he is angry that his fellow humans are so casually destroying the Earth and its creatures in pursuit of their own greed or as … Continue reading Sunday 19 Feb 2012