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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.

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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.