Upcoming Sermons


July 27 & August 2014

Sunday Services at 9:15 and 11:00 a.m.

July 27
"Summer Lay-Led Service: Open to Life, Expecting to Love, Prepared to Serve"
with Sue Huber and Lizzie Mora; Celebrant: Carla Hicklin

Every week we conclude our services by saying together that we will return to the world “Open to life, expecting to love, and prepared to serve.” For this summer's lay-led services we are inviting our speakers to share stories of their own attempts to live out these words.
"Motivators": Sue will explore what has been the motivators in her life, God, movies, stress, and The Three Principles.
"Half Breed": Lizzie will share what it is to be open to life while being multicultured.

August 3
"Impossible Mercy"
with Shawna Foster; Celebrant: Amy Anderson

Is it a family member or coworker that's done you wrong? Or maybe something you know that you can't ever forgive yourself for? Or something as large and complex as war? This service will center on places where we may find mercy impossible to give or get and how it could be possible for ourselves, our community, and our world.
Shawna Foster is a ministerial candidate and advocacy catalyst for International Bridges to Justice: www.ibj.org

August 10
"Let Go of Everything But Your Life Jacket"
with Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Helen Copley

River rafting guides instruct those on board to follow this safety protocol - when thrown into the water, let go of everything but your life jacket. Rev. Erin explores how this instruction relates to the jostling nature of new beginnings and the start of her new ministry with us.

August 17
"Open, Expecting, Prepared?"
with Rev. Mark Stringer; Celebrant: Petra Lange

How did Mark’s experiences at the UUA General Assembly in June impact his understanding of the words we use to close our services? A reflection on our summer theme of “Open to Life, Expecting to Love, Prepared to Serve”.

August 24
"What We Bring"
with Rev. Mark Stringer and Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrants: Carla Hicklin and David Quinn

Our annual “blending of the waters” celebration, a ritual that reminds us of all that we bring to our church and how our contributions of time, talent and treasure come together to create something greater than we could ever achieve on our own. As is our custom, we will all bring a small amount of water from our summer travels, or even from our taps at home. After we each take a turn sharing from where our water comes and/or what it symbolizes, we will pour it into a common bowl as a way of acknowledging how our lives are held and blend in this place we call church. A service of meaningful connections for all ages.

August 31
"Media Manipulation"
with Bill Leonard; Celebrants: Laura Berardi

Media shapes the way we see the world. Knowing how media distortion happens can help us clean the blurry lens.