If it were possible to condition ourselves to become agents of grace, what kind of training would we need to prepare?
A celebration of the hymn, a meditation upon the hymn and an exploration of its message, this service shall dwell with the grace of blessing.
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The title for this service is taken from a Robert Frost poem in which he implores “May something go always unharvested!” What does that wish mean? Why would any among us today wish for the same wholeness.
From the Library: Sermon References
Rev. Melissa’s sermon last Sunday, “Something Unharvested”,included the following references:
A version of the Sufi story told in her sermon may be found at: http://www.sufiway.eu/sufi-story-precious-stone/
The blog of the Jewish storyteller she mentioned is found at: http://torahsparks.wordpress.com/tag/gleaning
Those interested in the modern gleaning movement will find a special article at: http://www.urbanfarmonline.com/urban-farm-news/2012/01/26/gleaning.aspx
As UUs, the ways in which we seek spiritual renewal varies among us. We will explore how our personality characteristics influence our spiritual practice preferences and why this awareness can help provide individual guidance as well as improve our understanding of others.
Remember the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? When you have a day like that, what do you do? This morning we’ll share some ideas in this multigenerational worship service about how you can make a bad day new instead of just waiting for a new day. !
Many traditions, particularly from the East, hold that difficulties are our greatest teachers. Yet, much of the time, we try and avoid them by running away. It is only when we courageously embrace our difficult experiences or relationships, that we can grow deeply and experience wholeness.
Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate John Marfy
I made a promise that I will be fulfilling this Sunday. I promised to offer a sermon on any topic chosen by the highest bidder at our annual service auction last year. Eric Van Baars was the winner and he has invited me to reflect on the practices of Unitarian Universalists around the globe.
Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal faith tradition. The word covenant is a religious word to talk about promises. When we become members of a Unitarian Universalist congregation we are making a promise to ourselves, to one another and to that which is larger than ourselves. What is that promise?
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We are “promise-making, promise-breaking, promise-renewing” animals. That is what the Israeli Jewish philosopher Martin Buber once said and to Rev. Melissa it rings true. Sunday morning we will welcome the whole community back together after some have been away for summer work and play, and we will explore the promises we make to one another. Please bring a small container of water and/or earth with you to church this Sunday to represent a place where you felt fully awake to your humanity this summer.