2013-06-30 Seven Hundred and Thirty Sermons

Rev. Beth Banks, Worship Leader; John Ashby, Worship Associate.

This year marks my 25th year as an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. I have preached approximately 730 times, and shared the good news of Unitarian Universalism in sermons for 14,600 minutes. Reflecting on the past 25 years, what are some of the theological beliefs I now hold to be true? All condensed down to 20 minutes!

 

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2013-06-23 The Quest for Success and Satisfaction

Milton Hildebrand, Worship Leader; Karen Klussendorf, Worship Associate.

For a sermon 50 years ago, Milton chose three world class performers in their perspective fields and held them up as inspiring examples for the congregation to emulate: one each from sports, science, and the arts. Milton says, “I do not come to this church to save my soul. That is no longer possible. I come here to get some hugs, and because I admire so much of what my friends do and say here. Exemplars all.” His sermon ends, “ . . . we do not pity the mountain climber for the pack he carries. It will be as nothing when she stands on the summit and surveys the scene below. The reward for the effort is, I believe, renewed faith in oneself and in mankind, and increasing satisfaction in the successes as one has achieved.”

 

Our service will include blessing those traveling on the pilgrimage to Transylvania and the many gifts from our Partnership Church in Daroc, Transylvania.

 

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2013-06-16 Everyday Wisdom (Father’s Day),

Annie Gonzalez, M. Div., Worship Leader; Karen Klussendorf, Worship Associate.

My father taught me how to do my taxes, to change a flat tire, and many other practical life lessons. Such lessons are not always exciting, but serve as incredibly valuable wisdom. This church has imparted much everyday wisdom to me during my internship. How can we honor the wisdom in our everyday experiences and in the practical knowledge of others?

 

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2013-06-09 Measuring the Worth of Our Gifts (Flower Communion Sunday),

Rev. Beth Banks, Worship Leader; Jenn Richard, Worship Associate

Sparks Choir & Juuliebells perform! One of the difficulties in community and friendship is balancing giving and receiving. Jesus is attributed with having said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” (Acts 20:35). We find it easier to give; receiving is sometimes tinged with being weak or unresourceful. We’ll explore how giving and receiving are interwoven.

Flower Communion: Bring a flower from a florist, your own back yard, or the highways and byways. We’ll enact a beloved UU tradition ceremony.

 

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2013-06-02 Wisdom that Bridges

 

Rev. Beth Banks; Bridging Sunday – Leonie Pickett & Tom Jankowski.

In February, the UNIQUE Youth Sunday theme was Imagination. They presented scientific research for how the brain functions and essays about how they use imagination. They brought their individual gifts and used media to engage the congregation. They challenged those present: Use your imagination during the week and notice how you use it. This is worthy of a response that will encourage those who are graduating, youth getting ready to bridge, and all of us standing well into adulthood. Bridging Ceremony: Honor our high school graduates’ transition into adulthood.

We’ll bless the Journeys of the Spirit participants who travel to Navajo Nation: Tuba City, AZ, June 16-23.

 

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