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.

Rev. Greg’s sermons are now available for purchase in the Front office and on Sundays, in Forbes Hall. The cost to produce this publication is $5. In order to continue publication, we ask for a donation that will cover - or go beyond - production costs. Any revenue raised beyond cost will go to the Ministerial discretionary fund which is used to assist members and friends in their time of need (such as shelter, food, utilities, medical, etc.)

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

June 11, 2017 - 5:00pm
Heart and Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service (5 p.m.)
Monthly Theme: Joy
Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Joyce Holmen and Karen Hsu Patterson
In consultation with our minister, we are continuing the Heart and Soul services, now led by Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Joyce Holmen, and Karen Hsu Patterson. With singing and instrumental music, statements and questions, silence and sharing, we’ll explore this month's theme of what it means to be a community of joy.
June 11, 2017
Hopes and Wishes and Dreams
Monthly Theme: Joy
Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robbins
It is hard to have hope when you are filled with doubt. Having faith in yourself and in your community provides the foundation for hope to emerge.

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June 4, 2017 - 10:00am
Celebration Sunday (one service at 10 a.m.)
Monthly Theme: Joy
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, Kathleen Hogue and Dr. Zanaida Robles
One service only at 10am
 
We conclude our church year, start our summer service schedule, and say a final goodbye to Rev. Rebecca with a festive service of celebration, music, and appreciation for our church.
 

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June 3, 2017 - 1:30pm
Service of Celebration (1:30 p.m.)
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur
Join us for a special Service of Celebration for Rev. Rebecca, followed by a champagne and punch reception. The service will feature special music by our Adult Choir and a chance to mark the ending of this chapter in the life of the congregation in ritual and ceremony, just as we did when we began Rev. Rebecca's ministry with a Service of Installation on February 13, 2011.

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May 28, 2017
Living in the Future
Monthly Theme: Embodiment
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur
Rev. Rebecca's last full sermon from our pulpit, which will conclude her ongoing series on leave-taking with reflections on her seven years at UUCCSM.

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May 21, 2017
Growing Unitarian Universalists
Monthly Theme: Embodiment
Kathleen Hogue and Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur
Join us for this annual intergenerational service in which we celebrate all we've learned together this year in our lifespan religious exploration programs, and recognize all our senior youth who will be "bridging" into young adulthood this year with a special Bridging Ceremony. The services will be followed at 12:30pm by our congregation's Annual Meeting.

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May 14, 2017 - 5:00pm
Heart and Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service (5 p.m.)
Monthly Theme: Embodiment
Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Joyce Holmen and Karen Hsu Patterson
In consultation with our minister, we are continuing the Heart and Soul services, now led by Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Joyce Holmen, and Karen Hsu Patterson. With singing and instrumental music, statements and questions, silence and sharing, we’ll explore this month's theme of what it means to be a community of embodiment.
May 14, 2017
Keeping Score
Monthly Theme: Embodiment
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur
Rev. Rebecca will reflect on ministry and motherhood and we will welcome children to our community with a ceremony of Child Dedication at the 11am service.
 
Raising children is a sacred stewardship and a daily spiritual practice. A child dedication is an act of affirmation; a recognition of the reverence for life that we speak of in our first principle.  On May 14, we will formally welcome children into our congregation.  As a part of the service we will dedicate ourselves to nurture the inherent sense of personal dignity and worth of our children. Although we call this ceremony a Child Dedication, it is really a dedication of the primary caregivers and the congregation to nurture these children with those values that promote responsible and generous living. It is a celebration of both responsibility and promise. If you would like to participate, please contact DRE Kathleen Hogue at dre@uusm.org no later than May 8.

 

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May 7, 2017
God of Our (Mis)Understanding
Monthly Theme: Embodiment
Rev. Greg Ward
Millions of people through history have tried to understand God. That search continues.  While the search could be understood as a way to unify all things – it’s hard to ighore how divisive it has been.  How might such a search help us move beyond 'us' and 'them' to connect us with something unifying and larger than our need to be right?  
 
In four months, Rev. Greg will begin as our Developmental Minister.
 
A video recording of this sermon is available on our UUSM YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/4v2npkrkEKI

 

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April 30, 2017
Who Cares? I Do!
Monthly Theme: Transformation
YRUU Youth Group
Our YRUU Youth Group will lead worship at 9 am and 11 am.
 
[Note:  No audio recording is available for this service.]