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.

December 24, 2016 - 6:00pm
All is Bright - Christmas Eve Candelight Services - 6 and 8 p.m.
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, Kathleen Hogue and Dr. Zanaida Robles

Adult Choir at 6 p.m.
Choral Quartet at 8 p.m. 

If you would like to be a reader at a Christmas Eve service, please contact Rev. Rebecca at minister@uusm.org.

December 24, 2016 - 4:00pm
Festive Family-Friendly Christmas Eve Service - 4 p.m.
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur
Join Kathleen Hogue and Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur for a festive family-friendly Christmas Eve service,
with holiday music from Dr. Zanaida Robles and friends. This service is especially designed for our youngest children, ages 0-5, and their siblings and families.   Please bring a home made or store bought star ornament to share.  
 
This service will also include a children's dedication. Please contact dre@uusm.org if you would like your child included.  Services will take place in Angeline Forbes Hall.
 

 

December 21, 2016 - 7:00pm
Winter Solstice Vespers - Earth Air, Fire, Water & the Alchemy of Transformation
Rima Snyder

On the solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year, we can imagine ourselves transforming sorrow into joy, difficulty into possibility, loss into reflection and greater understanding. Hosted by Rima Snyder, Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, and Kathleen Hogue; with special musical guests Karen Hsu Patterson and cellist Lynn Angebranndt.

December 18, 2016
The Spirit of the Christmas Tree - A Multigenerational Pageant
Monthly Theme: Presence
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, Kathleen Hogue and Dr. Zanaida Robles

We'll celebrate the arrival of the Friendly Beasts, a beloved church tradition, at our multigenerational holiday pageant services.

[Note: No audio recording is available for this service.]

December 11, 2016 - 5:00pm
Heart and Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service
Monthly Theme: Presence
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 the theme of  "What does it mean to be a community of Presence?
December 11, 2016
Door into the Dark
Monthly Theme: Presence
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur

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December 4, 2016
Here and Now
Monthly Theme: Presence
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur

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November 27, 2016
Your Happy Place
Monthly Theme: Story
Kathleen Hogue
Have you ever been told, Don't worry, be happy"? How can one be happy in times of stress, pain or turmoil? Who defines happiness? Come find out the answers to these questions and more. Join us in music, story, and ritual as Kathleen Hogue-DRE shares her "Six Keys of Happiness."

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November 20, 2016
The Real Challenge of Gratitude
Monthly Theme: Story
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur and Kathleen Hogue
Activist and author Barbara Ehrenreich reminds us that gratitude isn't only a personal feeling, it's also a call to value the lives of real people, many of whom are unseen and underpaid, who do the work that supports our lives. Is solidarity the real challenge of gratitude? 
 
[Please Note:  No audio recording is available for this service.]
 
November 13, 2016 - 5:00pm
Heart and Soul: A Contemplative Worship Service
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 these themes:
 
November 13 — A Community of Story
December 11 — A Community of Presence