Sustained by Love – July 10, 2016

access-933130_640Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

Through transitions large and small, this congregation has been sustained by love for 150 years.  We gather this morning to celebrate that love.

 

Sunday Service is offered at 9:45 AM with Nursery care available for children Preschool age and younger.

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Spiritual Parenting – July 3, 2016

parenting wordlLed by Mike Hovancsek and Worship Associate Lori McGee

A service about the challenges and the spiritual lessons of giving and receiving parenting.  This message is shared through music, personal anecdotes, readings, and humor.

 

Through the month of July, our Sunday service will be offered at 9:45 AM.  Nursery care is available for children Preschool age and younger.

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Tis a Gift to Be Simple – June 26, 2016

live-life-love pubicdomainpictures.netOne service only today at 9:45 AM led by Worship Leader Andrew Rome

Busy! Busy! Busy! We often add new layers of complexity to our lives, turning joyful activities into burdens.  Let’s stop to enjoy a simple service. We’ll reflect on creating simplicity in our lives and try to experience a pause in the world’s chaotic energy.

 

Sunday service is offered at 9:45 AM with Nursery care available for children Preschool age and younger.

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Plain and Simple – June 19, 2016

flowers-1Led by  Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

Simplicity is not only a pleasant practice, it may well be an antidote to some of the soul sickness of our own time.  One of the simple rituals Unitarian Universalists keep is an annual Flower Ceremony.  With this ceremony we celebrate the beauty of unity in diversity.  Please bring a stem or two of any flower that appeals to you with you to the service this morning.

We will also have the joy of celebrating baby dedications during our services today.  Mike Hovancsek and Stefanie Workman look forward to the dedication ceremony for Katherine during first service and Melissa and Evin Carvill Ziemer look forward to the ceremony for Owen during the second service.

 

Services will be offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Childcare is available for all worship services.

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Simple Idealism – June 12, 2016 at Plum Creek Park!

Church Picnic Plan to attendLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Andrew Rome

In the mid 19th century, Unitarians and Universalists started and became involved in a number of intentional utopian communities.  Often these communities began simply because the founders wanted to find a way to enact their lofty ideals.  What can we learn from their efforts in our own attempts to build and sustain community?

We will have one service only today and it will begin at 9:45 at Plum Creek Park in Kent.  Please bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on, sun screen or insect repellent and plan to stay for the morning. The service will be followed by an old-fashioned picnic to celebrate our church’s 150th anniversary.  Please bring something to share in the  pot-luck picnic lunch.  We’ll enjoy home- made root beer and ice cream. Afterwards, we’ll have the opportunity to participate in games and activities of the 1800’s.  If you wish, you may dress in the clothing styles of the 1860’s.  If you’d like to help with this event, please contact Mary Leeson.

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Simple Gifts – June 5, 2016

Tree_of_Life_-_Shaker_-_painted_by_Hannah_Cohoon public domain wikimediaLed by the Children, Youth, and Leaders of our Religious Education Program

This is our annual RE Sunday – a time to celebrate with our children and youth their experiences in religious education this year, salute our HS graduate, and express our appreciation for the fabulous volunteers that make it all possible.  Join us for special music and two unique worship experiences.

Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Nursery Care is available for all services.

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The Blessing of 150 Years – May 29, 2016

uu church old-Edit-X2Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Association Carolyn Schlemmer

On May 27, 1866, 19 men and women officially founded the First Universalist Church of Kent and affixed their names to a constitution of their creation. Their creation has been shaped and molded by the ones who followed them and now by us, but the core of it remains and continues to be a blessing for so many people.  This morning we lift up our gratitude for the ones who came before as we celebrate our 150th anniversary.

Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Nursery Care is available for all services.

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Giving and Receiving Love – May 22, 2016

i-beg-your-pardon-1272744_640Led by OWL Participants and Leaders

Service Description: Come join us as we explore the definition of healthy relationships and share the voices of those who have been blessed by OWL (Our Whole Lives – a Unitarian Universalist curriculum for offering comprehensive sexuality education across the lifespan).

 

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 am.  Nursery care is available for all services.

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You Owe Me – May 15, 2016

sun and the earth using public domain image from pixabayLed by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate  Elaine Bowen

“And still, after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.”-  (Rumi).  Come and explore this concept of, “How to be a Blessing.”  You can choose to live a meaningful life; one that’ll make the world move forward, touching the lives of others in a positive way.  Being a blessing to others can lift you up. When you are lifted up you lift up others as well!

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 am.  Nursery card is available for all services.

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How to Receive a Blessing – May 8, 2016

clasped-hands-541849_640 pixabayLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Becky Cline

John O’Donohue also says that “Whenever you give a blessing, a blessing returns to enfold you.”  For some, the act of receiving a blessing is harder than giving one.  How can we open ourselves more fully to receive the blessings that come to us?

 

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available for all services.

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How to Give a Blessing – May 1, 2016

woman-praising-sunset publicdomainpictures.netLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

In his book To Bless the Space Between Us, John O’Donohue suggests that blessing “is a way of life, a lens through which the whole world is transformed.”  We will start our reflection upon the meaning of blessing by considering what it takes to prepare.  How can we give blessings?

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available for both services.

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Tending our Little Place in the Interdependent Web – April 24, 2016

eco_nuevoLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh, with Green Sanctuary Convener Mary Lou Holly

The 7th Principle of Unitarian Universalism calls us to respect our interdependent web of existence.  Come join us as we celebrate Earth Day by lifting up this strand of our theological heritage and reflecting together on our practice of this principle.

 

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Nursery Care is available for all Sunday services.

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Don’t Blink – April 17, 2016

Youth Sunday 2015Led by our Youth and Interim Director of Religious Education Karen LoBracco

For this annual Youth Service, our High School group will explore through music and words the experience of growing up in a Unitarian Universalist community.  Come to hear what a difference this congregation is making!

Sunday Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

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The Creative Spirit – April 10, 2016

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Why do we create art?  What is art?  How does creativity feed our souls?  Our annual Art Sunday service invites you to ask and answer these questions of yourself while we explore the topic of the intersection of creativity and spirituality.

 

Sunday Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

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In the Beginning – April 3, 2016

public_domain_astronomy_22Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

In her book Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer writes “like creation stories everywhere, cosmologies are a source of identity and orientation to the world. They tell us who we are.” This Sunday we will begin exploring the theme of creation by considering what the foundational creation stories of our world have to tell us about who we are.

Sunday Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM. Nursery care is available for all Sunday services.

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