Worship

 

Worship Services are held every Sunday at 11:00AM.  We believe that worship is the center of spiritual life. 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.

 

The Second Sunday of each month, from October through June, is special at First Unitarian.  Our worship services feature jazz music, Rev. Ana preaches a sermon from her annual series and worship is followed by an all congregation Sabbath lunch. If you are experiencing First Unitarian for the first time, this is an especially wonderful time to join us.

 

Generally, our children attend the first 20-30 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 group 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.  

 

 

Loving Thy Neighbor & In The Service Of Love: A Sermon in Two Parts by, Lauren Webb & Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons

2020 February 2
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by First U Bklyn

Sermon: New Year, Same You by, Ethan Loewi

2020 January 26
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by First U Bklyn
New Year, Same You First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn Ethan Loewi, Intern Minister January 26, 2020  Friends, today is January 26th—which means, according to the national average, that 80% of us have already failed our new year’s resolutions. If I had a DJ setup here on the pulpit, I would play a sad trombone |...|

Sermon: Value the Invaluable

2020 January 19
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
Value the Invaluable Ana Levy-Lyons January 19, 2019 First Unitarian, Brooklyn   Last week we dramatized an archetypal story of slavery and liberation – the biblical story of the Israelites in Egypt. We don’t know for sure whether this particular story happened in history, but it has echoed down through the generations because these kinds |...|

Christmas Eve Sermon: All are Broken, All are Holy

2020 January 2
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All Are Broken, All Are Holy Ana Levy-Lyons Christmas Eve, 2019 First Unitarian, Brooklyn Harry Potter is adopted (reluctantly) and raised in a muggle home – a household of ordinary, non-magical people living a middle class life with no loftier concerns than keeping up with the neighbors and showering gifts on their obnoxious biological son. |...|

Sermon: Biblical Migrations: Egypt

2019 December 22
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by DoMC