Nobody But Yourself – January 31, 2017

To-be-nobody-but-yourself.E.E.Cumming-Quotes-about-being-true-to-yourselfLed by  Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj

Quotations attributed to both e.e. cummings and Ralph Waldo Emerson tell us that the work of being yourself is truly an accomplishment.  When others are trying to make you just like them or just like everyone else, being yourself is no small feat of resistance.  What does it take to be nobody but yourself?

Mystery – January 24, 2017

free-image-public-domain-31Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Becky Cline

Last year Becky Cline won the opportunity to give me a subject for a sermon at our annual service auction.  Since then, Becky has agreed to become one of our newest worship associates.  Join us as we delve into the wonders and surprises of Mystery.

Walking the Walk- January 17, 2016

walking-349991_960_720Led by  Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

This service picks up where we ended the week before by inviting personal reflection and exploring collective Unitarian Universalist responses to escalating income inequality.  What actions can we take that might make a meaningful difference?

Escalating Inequality – January 10, 2016

minimum wageLed by  Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Carolyn Andrews Schlemmer

In 2014 the Unitarian Universalist Association chose Escalating Inequality as its 2014-2018 Study Action Issue. The escalation of income inequality influences many of the social injustices which are of our concern to our faith community. Today we begin the first of a two part sermon series trying to understand the big picture of income inequality today.

Confessions of the Ordinary Kind- January 3, 2016

Led by Kristina Spaude and Worship Associate Lori Fatchet-McGee

What are your deepest, darkest secrets, those you shared with no one? It may be a “regret, fear, betrayal, desire, confession, or childhood humiliation” — these are the secrets sought by the amazing mail art project called postsecret. We’ll explore such secrets, and what might happen if we do share them. The creator of postsecret. com, Frank Warren, said, “Every single person has at least one secret that would break your heart. If we could just remember this, I think there would be a lot more compassion and tolerance in the world.”

Simple Peace – December 27, 2015

taize-pray_peaceOne Service Only at 9:45 AM  led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj

Come and drink in simple peace during this Taizé inspired service of song, meditation, silence and prayer.  Taizé is an ecumenical, intercultural, monastic community in France.  People from all over the world, young adults especially, have been inspired by the work and worship of the Taizé community.  We will draw upon their worship form in this single service to end the year in simplicity and peace.  The service will be held at 9:45 am only.

Celtic Christmas Joy – December 20, 2015

celtic xmas wreath Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Intern Minister Dave Clements, and Sandy Eaglen

Join us for our annual, multigenerational celebration of the season, which will once again feature a dramatic story adapted and directed by the oh-so-talented Sandy Eaglen.  Our services will celebrate the joys of Celtic Christmas and Winter Solstice traditions that have influenced our own traditions.  The lovely sounds of the Celtic Clan will be featured both services.

Christmas Eve Services – December 24, 2015

Xmas eve service4:30 pm – Young Family Friendly Service

6:30 pm – Family Friendly Service

8:30 pm – Adult Oriented Service

Please note that we will not be offering nursery care on Christmas Eve this year. Since the introduction of our Young Family Friendly Service, we have found that families have not been using nursery care for these services.

Young Family Friendly Service

Led by Rev. Renee Zimelis Ruchotzke and Religious Education Assistant Colleen Thoele

This interactive service is designed especially for families with young children who are sure to be filled with wiggles and excitement. Dress your child in their Christmas finery or their Christmas pajamas – whichever will be more fun – and come join the celebration.

Family Friendly Service

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

Created with families with school aged children in mind, this service of lessons and carols features the beautiful music of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir, Bell Choir and Peace Pipers as well as uplifting story, candlelight and a chance to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

christmas eve service-17-X2Adult Oriented Service

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

Created with adults and older teens in mind, this service of lessons and carols also features the beautiful music of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir, Bell Choir and Peace Pipers as well as inspiring poetry, candlelight and a chance to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

Are You Expecting Miracles? – December 13, 2015

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Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

Miracles feature in the central stories of both Hanukkah and Christmas.  How can we understand what those miracles once meant?  And how can we understand what it might mean for us to be expecting miracles now?

The Weight and the Wait – December 6, 2015

expectationsLed by  Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj

This month we begin exploring the theme of expectation in our worship services.  As our thoughts turn to the upcoming winter holidays, we will reflect together on the weight of expectation in a season of waiting.

Our UU Forebears That We DON’T Talk About – November 29, 2015

UU We Don't Talk AboutLed by Rev. Rod Thompson, Retired UU Minister and Worship Associate Lori Fatchet-McGee

In this sermon I’ll look at some of our religious predecessors that we don’t like to claim. We readily claim many of our country’s founding fathers and mothers and other famous persons as Unitarians and or Universalists, but there are some equally famous persons that we don’t talk about. Why? Is it that we don’t know about them? Or are we ashamed of them? Join us and find out.

The Stories We Tell – November 22, 2015

grandma-storytellingLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Intern Minister Dave Clements

The stories we tell shape the people we are. Come join us for stories, music and ritual in our annual, multigenerational celebration of Thanksgiving. In keeping with our tradition, we will offer communion and everyone is welcome to the table.

We Are Because They Were – November 15, 2015

uu church old-Edit-X2Led by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer

In the struggles we choose for ourselves, in the ways we move forward in our lives and bring our world forward with us, it is right to remember the names of those who gave us strength in this choice of living. It is right to name the power of hard lives well lived. Come and learn about those in our church community who served us well.

Ancestral Echoes – November 8, 2015

Indigenous peoples dayLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Andrew Rome

When we think of ancestors we often think of a family’s heritage.  This morning we will think instead of our nation’s heritage.  Our ancestors in this land were both native and immigrant.  The history of colonial oppression of indigenous people affects us still.  What does that legacy have to do with our spiritual health today?

With Reverence and Gratitude – November 1, 2015

hands-578918_640Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Lori Fatchet-McGee

Our worship theme this month is ancestry.  We begin our exploration by considering the ways in which people relate to elders in our own country as well as other places around the world.  What are the foundations of a spiritually whole and healthy response to elderhood?

 

Services are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:45 and 11:30 with Nursery Care available during both services.