Worship Information

 

Worship Information

The Worship Theme for October is “Come to Us”

October 7: “Wider Grows the Vision” Our minister’s emeriti Rev. Duane Fickeisen and Judy Welles return to reflect on the dream that has become a robust presence for Unitarian Universalism here in the Cumberland Valley. They will celebrate what abides and what unfolds in their own lives as well as in the life of the congregation.  Rev. Aija Simpson is worship associate.

Duane Fickeisen and Judy Welles served UUCV as co-ministers from 1997 to 2011. They reside in Portland, Oregon, where they enjoy an active retirement and seek to “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life,” as Thoreau wrote.

October 14: “Blessed is the Bread We Eat.  Blessed is the Love We Share” Breaking bread with others is a ritual that reaches back to the dawning of humankind. To share what we have with others is a holy act, it is the mark of true welcome. Join us today for this multi-generational service as we break bread with one another in a spirit of deep hospitality.  Cindy Terlazzo preaches with worship associate Gisela Roethke.

 

October 21: “What is our New Colossus” In these frightening times it can seem as though the words inscribed on the statue of liberty are empty. What would it look like if our country took them seriously? What would it look like if our faith community took them seriously?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.

 

October 28: “When the Dead Come Back” …or when they never left. As we approach All Souls Day, we ask: what do we do with our dead?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Deb Stille.

 

 

September 2018 Sermons

The Worship Theme for September is “Spirit of Life”

September 2: “Tending the Spirit” In a world where we are told that we must practice self care and then reminded of all of the tasks we neeed to accomplish beofre we can do any such thing, what does it truly mean to nurture ourselves.  Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Gisela Roethke.

September 9: “Where Do We Come From?”  Join us for our annual service of ingathering as we honor the journeys that have brought us to this place.   Rev. Aija Simpson preaches for this multi-gen service with worship associate Christin Kapp.

September 16: “This is Real and We Are Completely Unprepared” It is said that between Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur two books are open – The book of the Living and the Book of the Dead. How you behave in that week will determine which book your name is written in. Can we imagine living our lives with those high stakes?

September 23: “Transitions – Listen! The Spirit is Calling ” Each of us makes countless transitions within the course of a lifetime. Some transitions are so routine we hardly notice them, while others are quite momentous and life changing. Today’s service will explore how some of these changes, these transitions are the openings through which we must go in order to grow – in order to answer those deep callings of the heart.  Intern Minister Cindy Terlazzo preaches.

Cindy Terlazzo is a seminarian at the Lancaster Theological Seminary and is delighted to have the opportunity to spend the next two years interning with UUCV as she winds her way along her path to ordination as a UU minister.  Cindy lives in York, PA, is married with 2 adult children and the two “most wonderful grandchildren in the world”.  In addition to life as a seminarian Cindy currently works full time as a case manager for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Cindy loves to read, watch movies, eat good food, travel and keep opening to the transitions that life presents.

September 30: “Between You and Me” We often say that the spirit of life moves amongst and within us. But what do we actually mean by that?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Molly Wilkinson.

The Worship Theme for August is “Fluent in Faith”

August 5: “Spirituality: What good is it?” Some talk of being “spiritual but not religious.” Others reject the very word spirit or spirituality. We’ll explore ways of understanding this quality.  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis preaches with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.  Marc Renault provides service music.

August 12: “What is God?” God, in the traditional concept, is not something that we all believe in or agree with. How can we as UU’s interpret God to fit our beliefs?  Rachel Teates is service leader with worship associate Dick Poland.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings.

August 19: “Sacrament and Sanctuary” What do we experience as an “outward sign of an inward experience of holiness”? For that matter, what really does holiness mean to us?  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis preaches with worship associate Julie Ham.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music.

August 26: “Come and Go with Me” We build our future to honor our past. Come celebrate with us as we welcome Rev. Aija home and begin to imagine how that home will grow and change in the coming years.   Rev. Aija Simpson preaches.   Music director David M. Glasgow, with familiar friends Marc Renault on bass and Dani Fiore on drums, will join the choir in celebrating our community, Rev. Aija’s return from sabbatical, and the shared commitment represented by our capital campaign, with two special pieces.

 

 

 

 

The Worship Theme for July is “Fluent in Faith”

July 1: “The Theology of the I Don’t Know” Sometimes, knowing that you don’t know requires the most faith of all.  Christin Kapp leads the service with Julie Ham as worship associate.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music.

July 8: “What is Religion?” We will begin our discussion of the book Fluent in Faith by considering the question of what is religion and what that can mean to us.  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis leads worship with Michele Burton as worship associate. Carole Knisely provides service music.

July 15: “What is Faith?” What can the word “faith” mean to us as a community and as individuals?  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis leads worship with worship associate Dot Everhart.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings music of Meg Barnhouse.

July 22: “Resistance” About the “men of July 20th”, (referring to July 20th, 1944) a high level German resistance movement against the Nazis that tried to replace Hitler’s whole government to end the murderous regime, the Holocaust and WWII. One of the men linked to the leaders of this coup was Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Gisela Roethke is worship leader with Dick Poland as worship associate.  Pat Spader offers a prelude, and Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music.

July 29: “God, Goddess, Gods?” How can we talk about God in a meaningful way? How well do we listen to others’ ideas and experiences of God?  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis leads worship with Cheryl Parsons as worship associate.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings.

 

 

 

The Worship Theme for June is “Spiritual Maturity”

 

June 3: “The Face in the Mirror” When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Who do you see? What do you reflect?  Christin Kapp leads the service with worship associate Dot Everhart.  Marc Renault provides music on the guitar.

 

June 10: “”It Takes Courage to Grow Up and Be Who you Really Are” So said Unitarian poet, e.e. cummings. Does it? What does that mean?  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis is service leader.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings music of Pasek & Paul with band accompanists.

 

June 17: “Our Fathers, Father’s Day and Fathering” We’ll remember and honor fathers who have been important in our lives.  Pat Spader offers a prelude, and Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music.

 

June 24: “It Takes Courage to Be Awake” Considerations of Spiritul Maturity.  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis leads service with worship associate Rachel Teates.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings music of Stephen Sondheim with band accompanists.

 

The Worship Theme for May is “Being Human”

May 6: “When Everyone Means Everyone” Jesus said to love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you. What does that even look like in the 21st Century? Does that even apply?  Christin Kapp preaching with worship associate Rachel Teates.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music.

May 13: “”Mama’s Day” A Multicultural Celebration of Mothers and Families. As part of our Mother’s Day observance, we will participate in a Flower Ceremony. Please bring flowers in honor of your mothers and mamas.  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis preaching with worship associate Molly Wilkinson.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings music of Sara Bareilles.

May 20: “HER IS Beautiful” The 6 traits of being human: humor, eroticism, rebelliousness, imagination, spirituality and beauty. The first letter of each of these makes an acronym HERISB. Dot Everhart preaching with worship associate Julie Ham.  Carole Knisely provides service music

May 27: “Inherent Worth and Dignity” We consider Unitarian Universalism’s first principle and the radical foundation of Universalism. Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis preaching with worship associate Rachel Teates.  Pat Spader offers a prelude, Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings music of Elizabeth Alexander.

Worship Information

The Worship Theme for April is “Transcendence”

April 1: “Christ without Easter/Easter without Christ” How do we imagine an unresurrected Christ?  How do we imagine Easter without Jesus?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Christin Kapp.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings about multiple Jesuses.

April 8: “Pascha – The Power of Remaining Obscure” What does it mean to be passed over? When is it a good thing to be ignored?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaches for this multi-gen service with worship associate Julie Ham. Marc Renault provides service music on guitar.

April 15: “A New Future” Where are We Going?”  Rev. Aija Simpson preaches her last service before beginning her sabbatical leave with worship associates Michele Burton and Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings an exhilarating new take on a Sondheim-Bernstein collaboration.

April 22: “Love and Fear – Hope and Urgency” We may have already reached the tipping point for global catastrophe due to climate change yet we cannot let our fear blind us to hope or stop us from acting.  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis preaches with worship associate Dick Poland.  Pat Spader offers a prelude, and Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music with a “green” tinge.

April 29: “Earthiness, Simplicity and Sensuality” bell hooks wrote, “living simply makes love simple.”  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis preaching with worship associate Michele Burton.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings of loving and living simply.

 

 

 

The Worship Theme for March is “Earth-Centered”

March 4: “Why Do Goddesses Have Names?”  What does it mean to have a personified deity/embodiment, spirituality in our bodies?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Emily Crutcher.

March 11: “Place Matters” Where we plant our feet matters. And when we change our place, sometimes we change our faith.  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Gisela Roethke.

March 18: “In Balance” As we come upon the spring equinox, we ask, what does it mean to be in balance?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associates Rachel Teates and Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis.

March 25: “How to Empower Your Mind” Rumi says “what you seek is seeking you”… perhaps it’s true. The evidence of the power of our minds is undeniable. The ancient texts of the Buddha tell us that no external condition can be the cause of our happiness, only the mind has that ability. When people understand how they are influenced, the root causes of struggle and what we can do with our minds to make things better, sustainable happiness and radiant joy are the result.  Bhante Sujata is our guest speaker with Dan Cozort as worship associate.

About our Guest Speaker…

“My life as a Buddhist monk has given me a front row seat to incredible transformation within so many people as I teach them how to empower the mind and cultivate the qualities that will help you find strength and happiness, as well as give you a burning desire to add more love to the world.  When we understand our mind, we begin to re-shape our behavior and feelings about so many things… it’s the most loving act of service one can do for themselves and the world.”

Bhante Sujata

Bhante Sujatha, a 30+ year Buddhist Monk, is singularly focuses on adding more love in the world.  Bhante teaches loving-kindness meditation to people around the globe for all those seeking the art of happiness and contentment.  His approach to meditation is deep and simple, bringing core Buddhist teachings to everyone in a way that is practical and easy to understand.  A joyful, radiant, funny and wildly energetic monk, Bhante will help you obtain peace that can only be found in deep silence.   He is originally from Sri Lanka and is the head monk / abbot of the Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center in Woodstock, IL.

Bhante believes his purpose is not only to teach meditation, but also, “teaching people how to be happy.”

Bhante does his book signing after worship and his CD’s are also available to purchase.  Proceeds go to Bhante’s Incubator Project 

The Worship Theme for February is “Humanism”

February 4 – “Possibility” When you don’t need faith.  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Molly Wilkinson.

February 11 – “Throw Me Something Mister” At Mardi Gras parades people run along the sides of floats, calling up for the riders to “Throw me something Mister!” What are they expecting to receive. And why do they think they will receive it?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Christin Kapp.

February 18 – “A Needed Hope” At the turn of the last centurty a group of leading theologians, intellectuals and scientists came out with the Humanist Manifesto. Why was it so needed?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Michele Burton.

February 25 – “17 Generations” From the first slave delivery in 1609 to the present, we will look at 17 generations of slavery, perseverance, performance and ingenuity – in celebrating Black History Month.  Dick Poland is service leader.

 

The Worship Theme for January is “World Religions”

January 7:  “Fresh Start?”   On this first Sunday of the New Year we ask: Can we ever really begin anew?   Rev. Aija Simpson will preach this Sunday with worship associate Christin Kapp.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides wintry service music from and inspired by the great George Winston.

January 14:  “Take My Hand” – Who do we reach out to? Whose hands are we waiting to hold? On this Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday we ask how it is that we build relationships with new people and communities.  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Gisela Roethke.

January 21:  “Snappsy the Alligator Didn’t Ask to Be in This Book” How do we understand other people’s expectations of us?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Julie Ham for this multi-gen service.

January 28: “With a Capital T” Is it possible to proclaim the truth of your own faith and at the same time agree that other religions are also valid paths to Truth?Christin Kapp is service leader with Dot Everhart as worship associate.

 

The Worship Theme for December is “Jewish and Christian Teachings”

December 3:  “Hope in the Dark” As our world gets darker we ask: How do you find hope in the dark?  Rev. Aija Simpson will preach this Sunday with members of our Mozambique Steering Committee assisting in the worship service as we get ready to kick-off our 2018 Bursary Campaign.

December 10:  “Waiting” – In this season of anticipation what does it mean to live in the waiting?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Christin Kapp.

December 17:  “Light” – As people all over the world celebrate Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, Kwanza and more we ask: what does it mean to find light in the darkness?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Christin Kapp.

December 24:  “Find the Stillness” Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Christin Kapp.

December 24:  “Finding Refuge”  Rev. Aija Simpson is preaching for this Christmas Eve Candlight Service.  Gisela Roethke is workship associate.  Services begin at 7:00 PM….all are welcome!

December 31:  “Grief” Student Minister Mathieson preaching.  Welcoming a new year also means saying goodbye to the old year. On the morning of New Years’ Eve, we will remember the joys and sorrows of 2017 as we prepare to journey into 2018 together.

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.