As we look forward to our church’s upcoming 150th anniversary, we will look back at some of the traditions that have shaped the life of this religious community over the years. What can we learn from the traditions of another time?
This Sunday we will celebrate one of the very few traditions unique to Unitarian Universalism. The Flower Ceremony is an opportunity to affirm the gifts of diversity and the beauty of the one making up the many. Please bring a cut flower or two to church with you today.
Led by the Coming of Age Youth, with their Mentors and Facilitators
This morning our youth will be sharing their personal statements of faith. As we learn what is in their hearts and on their minds, we will celebrate their accomplishments and blooming maturity.
Podcast speakers, in order –
Welcome – Allison Norris
Chalice lighting – Ian Mack
Call to worship – Rebekah Swango, Alan Kerns
Sharing by facilitator – Andrew Rome, Elaine Bowen
Sharing by Mentor – Eric Van Baars, Lori McGee
Prayer – Salvatore Smith, Mason Lorch
Statements – Lila Goehring, Mason Lorch, Connor May, Salvatore Smith, Angelika Marsh, Rebekah Swango
Statements – Alan Kerns, Hunter Jepson, Cordelia Wheatley, Kaley Mack, Sydney Haines
Offering – Connor May
Hal – Go Your Own Way to Shine
Benediction – Connor May
Some revelations open us up to exciting new possibilities. Other revelations might make us wish for a return to innocence. How can we deal with unwelcome revelations in a way that helps us make room in our lives for positive, life-affirming change?
As you have learned more about the environmental justice movement over the years, have you found that you see beauty in new ways? Has your imagination of the beautiful been re-shaped by your growing environmental consciousness? In celebration of Earth Day, this service will include several members of the congregation sharing stories of their revelations of beauty.
The affirmation that revelation is not sealed has long been cherished in Unitarian Universalism. So where does revelation come from? And how can we prepare ourselves to notice when it comes?
Photo: Rev. Renee Ruchotzke
The title of our Easter services are drawn from the beautiful e.e. cummings poem, “i thank You God for most this amazing.” This year Passover and Easter fall on the same dates. Both have central stories about revelation. This morning we will tell those stories and consider what revelation might mean for our own lives.
We’ve all heard, and probably used, the expression, “Just pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” But have you even considered what that implies? In order to pull yourself up by these proverbial bootstraps, you must first have boots. In this service, I will use my personal “success” story to consider how and from where we get our “boots” in American society and why some people don’t have them at all.
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. As thousands travel to Selma, we will join millions of others in expressing our solidarity with the work that remains for us to do. Resilience is not just a solo act. Collective resilience is part of what it takes to “bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice.”
The stories we hear and the lessons we learn about resilience in the places we call home have a tremendous capacity to lift us up or bring us down. How can we get better at lifting each other up?
Faith can be like wings, the strength that lifts us up when we long to fly. From those heights we often find connections and have visions that just aren’t possible when life is viewed from the ground. What is the faith that lifts you up?