This Sunday’s Service – What Did the Turkey Do?

March 24 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

What did the turkey do? is the punch line to a old joke about a man with a parrot that has a bad swearing habit. If you haven’t heard the joke, you will. The message in today’s sermon is from one of my favorite books, Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, when Rahim Shah says, “There is a way to be good again.” Rahim is talking about redemption, and we will, too. Join us for worship as we search together for what creates the space for people, relationships, and opportunities to be restored, and the door that opens to a better future.

Judy Putnam will perform piano selections this morning.

This Sunday’s Service – The True Hard Work

March 17 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

Philosopher and writer Alain de Botton’s essay “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person” was the most-read article in The New York Times in 2016. It’s hard to believe that it was read more than another article about the candidates running for president. De Botton says that as people and as a culture, we would be much saner and happier if we examined our view of love and relationships. I’d like to add to his statement. He wonders how might our relationships be different, and even better, if we were explicit about the real work of love. It is not in the falling in love, but in what comes after? Please join us for worship as we explore this question together.

Members of the Singing Group will add their voices to the morning worship.

This Sunday’s Service – The Wisdom of the Forests

March 10 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

Welcome to another stewardship season kick-off! In today’s sermon message, we will look at the wisdom found in the forest to inspire us this season. Specifically we will look to the Quaking Aspen forests. Many people are well aware that one can come to a sanctuary in the woods to find a place to grow and be in community with other like-minded folks. The Quakers knows this, too. What can we learn from them about how we gather and grow together? Let nature be our guide to a Stewardship Season full of abundance. Please join us for worship.

The Singing Group returns to sing inspiring melodies both new and old.

This Sunday’s Service – Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

March 3 Service at 10:30 AM

Lois Markham

Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a towering beacon in the fight for justice for all. Dr. King’s words and deeds are inspiring, familiar, and comforting in their familiarity. Perhaps they are too comforting, for they speak to a time more than 50 years past. Much has changed in the 50 years since Dr. King’s death. What would Dr. King ask of us today? I believe we honor Dr. King most when we continue his work, rather than enshrine it. I believe Dr. King would ask us to listen to the voices of those who have come after him, seeking justice. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., we will hear some of the voices of today’s black leaders and what they are asking of us, as UUs, as allies, as members of the Beloved Community.

The Wholly Rollers, a six piece band from Concord, NH, will add energy and musicality to our service.

This Sunday’s Service – Radical Hope

February 24 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Fred Small

Any contemplation of global climate change, its frightening consequences, and the tardiness and timidity of nations in response to it, is necessarily a meditation on hope. When the earth and its peoples are in such distress, where do we find hope?

A Unitarian Universalist pastor, singer-songwriter, and former environmental lawyer, Rev. Fred Small is Minister for Climate Justice at Arlington Street Church, Boston. Cited by Bill McKibben as “one of the key figures in the religious environmental surge,” Fred left parish ministry in 2015 to devote his energies to climate advocacy.

Fred Small will teach songs for all of us to sing as a part of his morning service.

This Sunday’s Service – A Vote for Gertie

February 17 Service at 10:30 AM

Edith Fenton

This service will honor Gertrude O’Kelly who was one of the most influential people in the life of a southern girl raised in Memphis, Tennessee, during the 1950’s. A childhood of being cared for each day by Gertie gradually led to the girl’s realization about the injustices in Gertie’s life and the unearned privilege in her own. This insight inspired the girl to begin a journey to find a more just community. This is the story of Gertie and Edith.

Professional clarinetist Margo McGowan will return to inspire us with her soulful clarinet.

Judy Putnam will add her piano accompaniment to Margo’s playing.