Worship

 

Worship Services are held every Sunday at 11:00AM.  We believe that worship is the center of spiritual life,  both for individuals and communities. At First Unitarian, worship seeks to express and explore the whole range of human experience. While services usually include familiar elements such as sermons, performed music and hymns, the content of sermons varies from atheism to Christianity, politics to literature, poetry to prose. We celebrate 5 ritual Communion Services each year.  Some of these have long histories at First U, others have come to us in recent years.  Each has a special place in our liturgical calendar. Services are followed with coffee and tea during our fellowship hour.  

 

Generally, our children attend the first 20 minutes of the worship service, which has elements that are designed to be engaging to younger congregants.  After the wisdom story, children attend their religious education classes, a monthly children's chapel or an all-ages justice Sunday. There are multi-generational worship services throughout the year.  High school youth remain in worship and meet in their groups at 12:15PM.

 

If you are visiting us for the first time please see our newcomer's page for useful information. 

 

Summer services from mid-June through Labor Day weekend are held in the McKinney Chapel (next to the main building on Pierrepont street), and led by members of our congregation.  Proposals for summer services are generally reviewed by the Worship Committee in the Spring.  

 

 

Sermon: Humans & Earth: The Wolves’ Comeback

2017 January 8
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
It was a strange and historic moment one morning in 1995 when a large white truck pulled into Yellowstone National Park carrying eight Canadian wolves. This shipment of wolves had been for years the focal point of explosive political battles and the stuff of dreams for wildlife biologists. And, after many false starts and |...|

Sermon: A Little More Light

2016 December 25
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
  You would think that the procedure for lighting a menorah would be fairly non-controversial. You just light the candles, right? One additional candle each night for eight nights? But it turns out it’s not that simple. They say if you’ve got two Jews, you’ve got three opinions (and the same can probably be said |...|

Sermon: A Wild Hope

2016 December 24
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
When the three kings from the east first laid eyes on the newborn baby Jesus, they must have been seized with a wild hope. They saw past the ordinary sight of a crying baby from a poor family and saw a kindred kingly spirit: a leader who could draw light out of darkness. They |...|

Sermon: Stories Of Humans And Earth: Tim DeChristopher

2016 December 11
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
I want to share with you a true story of humans and the earth. It was during his last weeks in office in 2008 that George W. Bush made a last-ditch, lame duck effort to fulfill his promises to the oil and gas industry by opening up a large piece of BLM land in |...|

Sermon: Not Giving Up By Meagan Henry

2016 December 4
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by First U Bklyn
Not Giving Up Meagan Henry First Unitarian Congregational Society December 14, 2016 I distinctly remember the moment when I gave up on some people. I know I’m not supposed to admit giving up on people since I am a leader in a faith community, and we are the ones who tell people to practice an |...|