Worship Information

November Worship Theme is “Prophets”

November 5 – “James Baldwin” – Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.

November 12 – “Desmond Tutu” – Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Michele Burton.

 November 19 – “Delores Huerta” – Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Christin Kapp.

November 26 “Young Prophets” – Student Minister Megan Mathieson preaches with worship associate Dick Poland.

October Worship Theme is “Transcendence”

October 1 – “Awe (Yom Kippur)What does it mean to experience awe. Is it something we can seek?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Gisela Roethke.

October 8 – “Sukkot Without a Roof” Rev. Aija Simpson preaching at this multi-gen service with worship associate Julie Ham.  Join us as we celebrate Sukkot, the Jewish festival of huts.

October  15 – “Silence”  We often speak of entering into a time of prayer and meditation. What does that look like for us?  Rev. Aija preaches with worship associate Michele Burton.

October 22 – “” Our new Student Minister Megan Mathieson preaches with worship associate Dick Poland.

October 29 – “All Souls?”  We say all souls are sacred. Do we mean it?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Rachel Teates.

September Worship Theme is “Introduction to Sources”

September 3 – “PrayerRev. Aija Simpson concludes our series on “Words that Unite/Words that Divide” with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.

September 10 – “Ingathering – There’s a Reason Why We’re Singing.” Rev. Aija Simpson preaching at this multi-gen service with worship associate Rachel Teates.  As we celebrate our annual water ceremony we ask: what is our song? And how do we learn to sing together?

September 17 – “What Do You Mean, Sources?”  Rev. Aija preaches with worship associate Julie Ham.  The Living Tradition we share draws from many sources” Those are the words printed directly under the seven principles in our hymnals. We all know about the principles, but how did those sources get there?

September 24 – “The Man at the Tiller”  Our music program is the envy of congregations twice our size, and music consistently appears near the top of “appreciative inquiry” surveys of our congregation. What is it about music that makes it such an important part of our worship life and our community?  How can our music program support us through our upcoming capital campaign and beyond?  Music director David M. Glasgow preaches, and the choir sings.

August Worship Theme is “Words That Unite/Words that Divide”

August 6 – “Apocalypse”  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Christin Kapp.

August 13 – “Covenant” Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Christin Kapp.

August 20 – “Held by a VisionSpecial Guest Speaker David Pyle is preaching with worship associate Deb Stille.  Every congregation has a vision of themselves and the world they wish to build.  A congregation could not exist without one.  For many congregations, however, that vision exists in the implicit assumptions of the members and friends of the community.  Rev. Pyle will look at some of the implicit visions that have held Unitarian Universalist congregations, and challenge us to turn our implicit assumptions into an explicit understanding of the mission, vision, culture, and identity of our congregation, in this time of looking to the future.

Rev. David Pyle is our congregation’s UUA Staff Primary Contact as a staff member of the Central East Region of the UUA.  He is a UU Minister who has served congregations in Texas, Illinois, Michigan, and California.  He has also served for the last 10 years as a member of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps.  He serves as the UUA Staff Primary Contact for the congregations of Central Pennsylvania, Greater Baltimore, and the Delmarva Penninsula, and serves the region as the Governance, Arts of Ministry, and Large Church consultant.

 

August 27 – “SGM Sunday- What’s In It For Me?” Our Small Group Ministry Committee will lead the service with several reflections about the benefits of SGM for members, for facilitators, for UUCV as a congregation and for the world beyond.  Rev. Aija Simpson will also talk about the benefits of small group ministry for the congregation.  The children will experience the “Check-In” process during Moment for all Ages.

July Worship Theme is “Words That Unite/Words that Divide”

July 2 – “A Passion for the Truth” – Exploring the parallels of Freedom of the Press and the UU Search for Truth.  Dick Poland is service leader with worship associate Dot Everhart.

July 9 – “God” The Summer series “Words that Unite/Words that Divide” begins with Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Christin Kapp.

July 16 – “Jesus”  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Michele Burton.

July 23 – “Heretic” Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Christin Kapp.

July 30 – “Sin” Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.

June Worship Theme is “Family”

June 4 – “A Chosen Family” What does it mean to be family? Are we living up to our promises?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Christin Kapp.

June 11 – “RE Sunday” We pay tribute to the Religious Educators that have worked with our children during this past school season.  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associates from our Religious Education Committee.

June 18 – “All Of Our Parents” On this Father’s Day we ask the question: is there something inherently special about fathers? About mothers? About our many gendered parents?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Michele Burton.  Guest Accompanist Carole Knisely provides service music.

June 25 –  “Who Else is Family: In Ever Widening Circles”  We all have our family of birth, for better or for worse. But in the course of our lives, we accrue other “family” who may determine more who we become and what we believe. Gisela Roethke is service leader with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.

May Worship Theme is “Principles Follow-Up”

May 7 – “The Eighth Principle” – “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”
But wait a second. That’s not one of our principles…is it?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Gisela Roethke.

May 14 – “To You I Give” – Mother’s Day/Flower Communion.  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.

May 21 – “An Impossible Promise” – Are we safe? Should we be?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Dick Poland.  The Annual Congregation meeting will follow the service.

May 28 –  Teman Cooke – “An Agnostic in Seminary”

April’s 2017 Worship Theme is “Inter-Dependent Web of Existence”

April 2 – “Ripples” – Every moment matters. Even the ones you thought you were alone for. Especially the ones you thought you were alone for.  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.

April 9 – “An Invisible Life” – Is it possible to not matter?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Julie Ham.

April 16 – “Resurrect, Not Restore” – We will come back. We have before and we will again. We will come back. But can it ever be the same? Would we want it to be?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Michele Burton.

April 23 – “Leaps of Faith and Taking Risks” – Taking risks usually involves a little faith.  Why do we take risks and how do they affect our lives?  Rachel Teates is service leader with worship associate Gisela Roethke.

April 30 – “The Web” – Pull one string, pull them all.  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Michele Burton.

MARCH Worship Services

March Worship Theme is “World Community”

March 5  “Finding Our Gifts”  We are all born with gifts and responsibilities. How do our responsibilities call us to use our gifts? How do our gifts call us to responsibilities?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Dick Poland.

March 12  “Seeking Balance” – The Spring Equinox (March 20) is a time of balance between hours of daylight and night. In this time of challenging news, many people report increasing disequilibrium or feeling unbalanced. We’ll explore some ways to celebrate the equinox and to invite more balance into our lives.   Dot Everhart preaching with worship associate Michele Burton.

March 19  “Finding Treasure” –  Join us as we go on a treasure hunt. Will we follow the clues? Does X mark the spot?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching.

March 26  “A Different Life” – Imagine a different life. Different food, different customs, different family, different everything. Would you want it? Would you be different if you had it?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Gisela Roethke.