Sermons

This is a full list of sermons presented at UUCCSM since mid-1999. Links to sermon texts are included when made available by their authors. Audio recordings are also available for most sermons presented after September, 2007 by our staff ministers and others directly affiliated with our church (just click the speaker icon next to each sermon where it's available). Audio from guest speakers is posted only when we have their permission to share it.

In addition, "Leaving Room for Hope: Sermons for Uncertain Times," a book of Judith Meyer's sermons, is available here.

November 19, 2017
There's a Crack in Everything
Rev. Greg Ward

When things are at their hardest and your facing something painful - maybe even something bigger than you, what do you do?  There's an old trick of embracing our brokenness - and even looking for what there is within us that we're grateful for.  Such a practice reveals our strength and points out our purpose and helps us toward becoming who we really want to be.

November 12, 2017
Power vs. Force
Rev. Greg Ward

All that happens in life is made possible by energy flow and distribution. This includes everything we do as human beings. But do we ever stop to notice the kind of energy we're bringing to each situation? Is it compelling energy or coercive energy? This is a service where we get to stop and take stock of the energy we're experiencing and the energy we're offering.

November 5, 2017
Dia de los Muertos
Kathleen Hogue

We will gather to honor the Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, a spiritual and cultural holiday informed by the traditions of Mexico as well as those of Christianity and indigenous religions of the Americas. At this time of year, as the seasons change and the year turns, it is right that we, too, turn toward one another to remember those who have died, and to share our stories of love and loss. Please bring a picture of a departed loved one to share.

October 29, 2017
Spiders, Dragons, Webs, and Churches
Rev. Greg Ward
Certain things scare us. Things that trigger the cascade of mental, emotional and physiological responses to fear are meant to retard our interactions with danger. But preoccupation with fear leaves us with a spiritually disability–unable to exchange love and understanding at a deep level.
October 22, 2017
Angels v. Giants
Rev. Greg Ward
We are far greater than the sum of our parts. The evolution of the world depends on our ability to cultivate a greater appreciation of diversity and a more cooperative interdependence. That is what can be discovered in real, relevant, 21st century religious communities.
October 15, 2017
Growing Up and Liking It
Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins
This was the title of a book my mother gave me before the onset of puberty. It seems that I was surrounded by elders ready to teach, warn, prepare, and escort me through those early phases of growth and development. Now that I am at the other end of life’s arc, I am not finding as much help. Where are the elders to shepherd me through this phase of degeneration and wisdom? Perhaps their messages are more subtle. This morning we will think about some of the blessings and challenges of Growing Old, especially when we are not liking it so much.
October 8, 2017 - 5:00pm
Heart and Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service - 5 p.m.
Monthly Theme: Courage
Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Joyce Holmen and Karen Hsu Patterson
With singing and instrumental music, poetry, statements and questions, silence and sharing, we’ll explore monthly worship themes on the second Sunday of each month.
 
Sunday, October 8 – What Does It Mean to be a People of Courage?
October 8, 2017
Getting to the Heart of the Matter
Rev. Greg Ward
This is a sermon about the place where many of us long to be, that is found in the heart of community. It is a place where we are known; where we unquestionably belong. A place that provides us a role and a little responsibility – not so much to be a burden, but enough to offer unquestionable purpose. A place that comes with the respect and appreciation of good people. And, usually, with a little creativity, just enough of whatever’s needed to be successful
October 1, 2017
Break Not the Circle
Rev. Greg Ward
Acceptance and inclusion are very powerful religious principles. UUs take these very seriously.
So how do we treat those who have made mistakes? In these, the high holy days of the Jewish
Calendar, what can we turn to that will speak of forgiveness and inclusion?
 

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September 24, 2017
Noah's Dilemma (Two services at 9 and 11 a.m.)
Rev. Greg Ward
Noah understood about the need to bring people together. In the midst of a great flood of change,
he prepared for people to discover the best of one another. Come to UUSM's multigenerational
Ingathering story where we will pour our lives into this community and notice what a blessing
each person brings.

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