This Sunday’s Service – Holiday Workshop

December 4 Service at 10:30 AM

Celebrate the joy of the season at our annual holiday workshop service on Sunday, December 4. We take a break from the hectic commercialism around us to focus on connection and reflection of the holiday. We will gather together for a short service and caroling accompanied by the Northshore Ukulele Players, and a holiday selection by the Singing Group. Then we create gifts, treats, and decorative items for the holidays. This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy one another as we collaborate in a setting of sharing and creating. The crafting will be followed by a potluck lunch. The service leader will be Tracee Kneeland.

This Sunday’s Service – Heritage

November 27 Service at 10:30 AM

Iain Goddard

The Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy requires chiefs to consider how their present day decisions will impact the seventh generation of their descendants. In our culture, leaders are required to be guided by how their decisions will impact the next quarterly profits or the next election. This short-sightedness causes us a lot of trouble. To remedy the problem, we should consider our roots and our heritage. Often, we are ignorant of our heritage. What must we do?

This Sunday’s Service – Awakening to the Truth

November 20 Service – 10:30 AM

Reverend Julie Lombard, Minister

All are invited to a homecoming, our Thanksgiving multigenerational service. As each family prepares to gather at their own Thanksgiving table, wherever it may be, we all must deal with those relationships that may need a little forgiveness before we sit down together. In this service we will continue the tradition of a corn bread and cider communion, short readings and familiar hymns. We will share a forgiveness story by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Author of both The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Me, Coates offers us a tender message from an African-American father to his teenage son. Please join us for worship to share in this outpouring of love for this blessed church community.

This Sunday’s Service – Abraham Lincoln

November 13 Service at 10:30 AM

Paul Blandford

Paul Blandford will focus his comments on Abraham Lincoln to mark this Veteran’s Day Weekend. Abraham Lincoln did not dash off the Gettysburg Address in a moment, but its precepts came after several years of thoughtful deliberation. Paul will share some of Lincoln’s profound statements, ending with the Gettysburg Address and closing lines from his second inaugural address. There will be music from the Civil War times and the sound track of the movie “Lincoln.” Music will be provided by Chet Willow and Judy Putnam. The congregation will have the opportunity to sing along with a few of the familiar musical selections.

Paul Blandford has a BA from Northeastern University in Business Administration and an Education Certificate from Salem State University. He served four years in the Army including a year in Vietnam. Paul worked for the National Park Service for 20 years, fifteen of those were spent as an educational interpreter at the Washington/Longfellow National Historic Site in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This Sunday’s Service – The Courage to Let Go

November 6 Service at 10:30 AM

Reverend Julie Lombard, Minister

“You cannot save people, you can only love them.” – Anais Nin
Forgiveness is a difficult business to be in, yet some faith traditions such as Judaism make it part of an annual rite to forgive. Sometimes we enter the realm of forgiveness with our mind on saving another’s soul only in the end to save our own. In this worship service, I’ll share my own journey to forgive someone close to me that had died. This ongoing journey has taken years and may never end, but the search for answers helped me to discover that there is a UU theology of forgiveness. In this service we will explore this theology and how it can offer us the courage to let go. Please join us for worship.

This Sunday’s Service – All Souls, We Remember Them

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October 30 Service at 10:30 AM

Reverend Julie Lombard

We set aside a special day to remember our beloved departed. There are many customs that stem from a diversity of cultures that celebrate all souls. Some decorate graves, other light candles, and some bake cakes or breads. There are those who leave out food for the departed similar to leaving out cookies and milk for Santa Claus. The sentiment is the same, to honor someone in our life that now lives on in our heart. This multi-generational service will offer a time to light candles and construct a temporary shrine out of pictures and or small items. Please bring something special to remember someone in your life. Also, consider that some may choose to remember a dear one from another species. All souls are welcome to celebration.

This Sunday’s Service – As Good as Your Word

October 23 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Anna Smulowitz

Rev. Anna Smulowitz has produced, directed and acted in hundreds of plays. She earned a BA and MA in Theatre Arts and taught acting at the University of Maryland. In 1980, she earned an M.Ed. from Lesley University in Drama as Therapy. In 1986 she earned a third Masters from Brandeis in Jewish Studies. She established the Newburyport Children’s Theatre in 1979 which today is known as Theatre in the Open. She went on to form her own adult production company and theatre training school. Hundreds of students have studied with Anna. She considers her greatest achievement to be her original play, Terezin Children of the Holocaust, which has toured the US and Europe for over 25 years. Terezin won the 1984 American Children’s’ Television award. At age 55, Anna decided to follow a path toward hospital ministry. She was ordained in 2005 an Interfaith Minister, and is now a chaplain at Brooksby Village in Peabody.

Music for the service will be provided by the Singing Group and by Judy Putnam.