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: The Best Of All Possible Worlds

2016 September 25
by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
Astrophysicists these days like to say that there is not just one universe, but many. That’s if by “universe” you mean everything you could possibly see, reach, know about, get to, or that could possibly affect you in even the slightest way. Anything outside of this area is beyond what they call our “cosmic |...|

Sermon: Flow, Part 2

2016 September 18
by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
Jack Kramer is a welder. He works in a South Chicago plant where they assemble railroad cars. He’s in his sixties and he works with about 200 other people in a room full of noisy machines raising and lowering giant metal plates all day, surrounded by sprays of sparks. In the summer it’s roasting |...|

Sermon: Flow, Part 1, by Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons

2016 September 11
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
Who here likes mosquitoes? Anybody? I don’t either. If there’s any mosquito within a mile, it’s going to find me and bite me. Most people don’t like them. But most people can’t do anything about them. In fact, in Florida and Puerto Rico, people really, really want to get rid of them right now |...|

An Amazing Singularity: Good Friday Sermon – The Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason

2016 July 6
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An Amazing Singularity Good Friday Sermon The Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason March 25th, 2016   There’s an amazing singularity to Good Friday – and not just at First Unitarian Brooklyn, where you hold your annual communion service, but throughout Christendom. This holy day occupies a special place in the church year, marking the betrayal, |...|

Homily: The Way of the Whoosh – the Power of Spirit

2016 June 29
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by DoMC
The Way of the Whoosh – the Power of Spirit By, Nancy Witherell June 26, 2016 I am so happy to be standing here in front of you, giving back a fraction of what this community has given to me.   I’m here today because of a whoosh.  I bet you are wondering what in heck |...|