Sunday Services


Services are held every Sunday morning at 10:30 am (unless noted) in our Sanctuary, followed by coffee. Services are in English with some French. Come for an hour of beautiful music, meditation and a thought-provoking sermon from our minister, Rev. Diane Rollert.

 It's a great way to kick-start the week with a calm state of mind. We offer loving caregivers in our nursery and wide-ranging programs for children and youth during the service.

Upcoming Worship Service

All services start at 10:30 am (unless noted).
Text and audio versions of past sermons are available here.

September 2019

September 8
Present at the Well: Homecoming and Water Communion
-
Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
Sometimes our wells run dry and need to be replenished by the abundance of others. Sometimes we are filled with a well of emotion that needs to be poured out for our own health and renewal, or simply for the joy of sharing with others. Whatever you’ve experienced this summer, we invite you to our annual water communion service as we begin the fall season. We come together to be fully present to each other, to share the highs, lows, transitions and reflections of our summer months. If you wish, bring a small (very small!) container of water from a summer experience, whether it’s from a melted ice cube, a vast ocean or any source of water in between.

September 15
In the Presence of the Other
-
Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Sandra Hunt, Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert, and special guests the Maider Martineau and Arnaud Bibonne (from the duo “Adar”) and Benoît Roblin, hurdy-gurdy player. 
Buddhists often speak of being present to the moment, while theologians call us to be present to the sacred Other that exists within all things. On this Sunday we’ll search for the sacred in the magnificent and the mundane. Our musical guests include Maider Martineau who was our song leader and choir director several years ago. Maider and her companions will bring us the joyous and mysterious music of the Basque Country in France.

September 22
Walking Slowly
-
Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
A recent study claims that people who walk quickly live longer than those who walk slowly. Really? What matters more? Speed or attentiveness? Join us for a meditation on walking and a walking meditation. Whether you are moving fast or slowly through life, this will be a worship service to explore the possibilities of realigning the way you journey through life.  

September 29
Inscribed in the Book of Life
-
Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins this Sunday evening at sundown. This is a time of sweetness but also of deep reflection and seeking forgiveness. Jews say to each other, “May our deeds inscribe us in the Book of life and blessing, righteousness and peace.” As Unitarian Universalists, we draw wisdom from this tradition among many other sources of inspiration, as we consider what it means to be fully present to who we are as a collective and as individuals.

What do we do here? Is it worship?

Several years ago, Rev. Rollert and the congregation explored a series of questions regarding “Wounded Words” – the words of religion that have wounded us or may have been wounded or co-opted by others.  As we talked about the word “Worship” she asked us this question: “What do we do here?”

Here’s the answer that came from the congregation:

What do we do here?
We gather together to play with ideas of the world and our place in it,
To celebrate, discuss, care, wonder and act,
To reconnect with what is important in life,
To reflect upon love, sorrow, joy, conflict, peace, complexity, and diversity,
To meet kindred souls for a special pause from the mundane,
To have our hearts and minds stretched and to be comforted that we are not alone,
To move further towards the heart’s truth,
To be grateful,
To be curious,
To search,
To commune,
To spend an hour of oneness in the mystery of “sacred stillness”....
To inspire and let ourselves be inspired,
To acknowledge the mystery of our short lives, and to admit that we haven’t got it all figured out.

We hold space.  We hold hearts.  We come together because things of worth are worth gathering for.