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.

January 8, 2017
The Prophethood of All Believers
Monthly Theme: Prophecy
Maggie Pothuff

Many of us find ourselves engaged in community work one way or another - through the arts, service, advocacy or other leadership.  Sunday's sermon will explore the connection between this work and our Unitarian Universalist tradition. How does claiming our faith identity in public change the very work we're doing? What's "our faith" anyway? Mid-century Unitarian theologian James Adams (1901 - 1994) wrestled with this same question nearly 75 years ago, ultimately articulating a transformed and transforming liberalism that can guide us in our work today.

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January 1, 2017
Lessons of Kwanzaa
Monthly Theme: Prophecy
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, Rev. Kikanza J. Nuri-Robins, Dr. Zanaida Robles, Leon Henderson-MacLennan
Ring in the new year with our all-star worship leaders, including one of the original group which developed the cultural holiday, Kwanzaa. Reflect with us on the seven principles of Kwanzaa and what they might mean to us as UUs.
 
[Note: No audio recording is available for this service.]
December 25, 2016 - 11:00am
The Story of Maryam (one service only at 11 a.m.)
Monthly Theme: Presence
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur
We'll join our Muslim and Christian neighbors in celebrating Jesus' birthday with readings from the Quran and the Christian Bible.

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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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