Read the Order of Service We began the month by looking at some of the “gifts” of simplicity, but why do people make such a big deal about it? Why do we put such a high value on living “simple” lives while actually living lives that are just about anything but? Let’s explore this together […]

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June 19, 2016: Juneteenth

Read the Order of service.  I am embarrassed to say that I had never heard of “Juneteenth” until relatively recently.  I keep discovering just how much American history I never learned and, perhaps even more disturbingly, that no one ever thought important enough to try to teach me – all that history that gets lifted up each […]

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Read the order of service. There is a midrash on the story of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai which tells of two trips up the mountain. First, it is said, Moses’ sister Miriam went up to receive God’s command, after which Moses re-made the trek. Why? (Hint: It has to do with simplicity.) […]

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Read the Order of service. Worship for June 2016: “What does it mean to be a people of simplicity?” The well-known Shaker hymn tells us that it’s “a gift to be simple, a gift to be free.” Just what is the gift of simplicity? What does it have to do with freedom? And how does any […]

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May 29, 2016: What’s a Blessing?

Read the Order of Service. Monthly Theme: What does it mean to be a people of blessing? Having spent a month exploring what it means to say that we are “a people of blessing,” some of us may still be wondering about this concept of “blessing.” What is it? What isn’t it? How do we recognize […]

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May 15, 2016: Counting Our Blessings

Monthly Theme: What does it mean to be a people of blessing? We are frequently encouraged to “count our blessings,” yet some see the potential for more than a little hubris in this practice. It does seem, though, that this could be a remedy to the perhaps more common practice of enumerating our failures and […]

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Read the Order of Service. One of the prized possessions of our congregation in Concord, Massachusetts, is a letter from Henry David Thoreau. I thought of it this week, knowing that today we would be welcoming our newest formalized members. Thing I was thinking of is the letter Thoreau wrote to the Concord church in which […]

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April 24, 2016: Earth Day

Worship for April 2016: “What does it mean to be a people of creation?” Read the Order of service. Please note: April is designated as “Jazz Appreciation Month,” so make sure to appreciate our own jazz master, Scott DeVeaux! April 24th: Earth Day, first commemorated in the United States in 1970, is now celebrated in 192 […]

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Worship for April 2016: “What does it mean to be a people of creation?” Read the Order of Service. Reading:  1 Corinthians 12:12-27 Guest Speaker: the Rev. Dr. Lehman Bates of Ebenezer Baptist Church Sermon: One Body; Many Parts; All Not (Yet) Equal It is really wonderful to be back at what is beginning to feel like my second church home […]

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April 3, 2016: Creativity at the Core

Read the Order of Service. Creativity is at the core of who we are as human beings, and our Unitarian Universalist faith encourages us to affirm one another’s inherent worth.  RevWik will be preaching. Our Social Justice Spotlight will be on ForEver Green. Sunday, April 3 will be a multigenerational gathering; there will be no Religious […]

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