John Ashby, Worship Leader; Alex Lee-Jobe, Worship Associate.
“Grace” is derived from the English word gratitude, the Latin word for pleasing, and even the Sanskrit word meaning to praise, in Christian theology it means a gift from God given regardless of whether it is deserved. We have all received Graces, wonderful un-earned gifts. Receiving Grace with Grace is not always easy, but it is a way to keep the “Grace” flowing.
Longtime friends have seen us through our best and worst. They know our faults, and still love us. New friendships open our perspective to life. Friendship is at the foundation of the most enduring romantic love. This service is a celebration of gratitude for long-time and new friendships. Bring a friend to recognize this Sunday.
Music: The Vocal Art Ensemble, Tracia Barbieri, Director 2012 American Prize for Creative Programming and Collaboration. VAE toured the British Isles and performed in half of the concerts at the 2014 SacSings! Choral Festival.
Rev. Beth Banks, Worship Leader; Donna Sachs, Worship Associate.
Beth speaks about her October journey to the Mexico-U.S. border with a delegation of UU leaders including Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, and Rev. Kathleen McTigue, UU College of Social Justice.
We prayed at the border wall, a towering steel structure surrounded by stadium lights, mounted cameras, and armed guards. We saw first hand the degree to which an issue of civil law has been thoroughly militarized: our borders are like a war zone. – Rev. Kathleen McTigue, UUCSJ
Musician: David Campos: Emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in 1960. He plays salsa, reggae, blues, country, rockabilly, traditional Mexican, contemporary Latin, and more.
In our country we can be grateful for the freedom to suggest new approaches to government. We’ll look at Eric Liu’s attempt to find creative political solutions, without an appeal to the lowest common denominator.
We will honor those who have served our country: from military veterans to conscientious objectors.
Rev. Beth Banks, Worship Leader; Alex Lee-Jobe, Worship Associate.
Dia de los Muertos. What happens after the moment of death? UUs have a great deal of diversity in how we answer this question. We often say it is a mystery; some of our Universalist forbearers believed in a soul that continues. Spiritualists actively seek to communicate across the bridge of life and death. This Sunday bring an open mind to hear experiences that may or may not be yours.
Mariachi Puente performs traditional Mexican mariachi and Spanish language songs to promote and appreciate Mexican and Latin-American culture. “Puente” is Spanish for “bridge.” “We bridge a younger generation of musicians to the legacy of their parents and families, we bridge the music of one culture to the larger local community, and we develop character, discipline, and the courage in students to present their work to an audience as they pass from early adolescence into high school and beyond.” Hiram and Ximena Jackson, Directors.
We ask, “In what do you place your deepest trust?”