Upcoming Sunday Services

Services for December, 2018

Theme for September: Mystery

Unitarian Universalists love puzzles. We proudly announce that we are the religion that loves questions and questioning. Or to put it another way, we love figuring out life’s mysteries. But what if mystery isn’t just something to figure out? What if it’s also something to be listened to? This is the lesser recognized call of our faith. Being a people of mystery isn’t just about engaging life as a marvelous puzzle. It’s also about allowing yourself to be spoken to by life’s wonder. If we want mystery to speak, it seems we must be willing to be caught off guard. UU minister and poet, David Breeden, captures this beautifully when he writes,

I dug and dug
Deeper into the earth
Looking for blue heaven
Choking always
On piles of dust rising
Then once
At midnight
I slipped
And fell into the sky

Slipping, and then falling into the sky. Is there a better way to describe our dance with mystery? Isn’t this what all the great mystics have been trying to tell us from the start? That sitting at the heart of mystery is not the unknown, but unity. We fall into mystery and it falls into us. Its voice is one that whispers, “I am you and you are me.” Mystery doesn’t put up barriers; it dissolves them.  So, this month, let’s let ourselves fall in and open up. So many opportunities to slip into the sky and let it slip into us. Let’s put down all the puzzling and the figuring out. Just long enough to notice that life isn’t simply trying to stump us. It’s also trying to connect with us. ~ excerpt from Soul Matters

December 2

I Love a Good Mystery
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Ralph Bush-Resko
Handbells Perform

I have had the highest honor of listening to many of your deepest stories. I am struck by how many of us have had things happen in our lives that we can’t explain. A feeling, a dream, a set of circumstances that offered a glimpse into the unseen, connective thread of life. Perhaps it was a premonition that came true or a message from the universe at exactly the right time. Our spiritual helpers don’t need to be explained to be listened to. All it takes is stillness and humility to accept that we are not alone to figure things out for ourselves.

December 9

A UU Christmas Carol
UUFF Holiday Pageant, Chris Johns, Director
Worship Associate: Taylor Johns

This UU twist on a holiday  classic is inspired by Doug Muder’s “The Ghosts of Unitarian Christmas.”  Our modern-day tale focuses on the universal values of love and acceptance.  The pageant features a cast of all ages, and our choir will add their voices.

December 16

Woven with Transcendental Threads
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Lee Ann Tate
The Little Ringers Perform

In the early 19th century, a group of literary intellectuals expanded the American spiritual landscape by introducing concepts from Eastern religion to form what was called Transcendentalism. They postulated that the eternal divine spirit flows around and within us and that everyone can connect with this transcendental experience. We don’t need dogmas, creeds and canons of officially recognized sacred texts to be religious. These were our Unitarian forebears who left a profound impression on American culture and who opened the way for mystical humanism of the 20th century. We are woven with these transcendental threads.

December 23

The Mystical Tao
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Bill Johnson-Miles

We interrupt the Christmas season by exploring the teachings of another mysterious spiritual being – Lao Tzu. He is attributed with gifting humanity with a natural philosophy that teaches us that when we accept the unknowable we can live in greater harmony with the universe. Join us as we explore his master work, the Tao Te Ching that can provide light for our spiritual paths without telling us where to go.

December 24 **CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE, 7:30 P.M.**

Grateful for Nature’s Bounty
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Andy Cameron
Adult Choir Performs

The unsung hero of Matthew’s version of the Christmas story is Joseph. In Luke, Joseph is almost invisible. But in Matthew, he is visited several times by angels who help him keep his family safe. Joseph could have easily dismissed his visions as “crazy dreams,” but he didn’t. Even in the face of the illogical, he did what he thought was right. His love and devotion to family gave meaning to his life and so he listened to his dreams. What are your dreams telling you to do?

December 30

Emotions vs. True Feeling: A Spiritual Cross Road
Richard Lassiter
Worship Associate: Christi Bayha

Imagine you have a bag of purple marbles but upon closer inspections find this is not the case at all. What you really have is a bag of red and blue marbles The red marbles are great for getting attention, creating stress, worry, self-doubt & rebellion and the blue marbles are great at creating fulfillment, healing and personal expansion. In this analogy the red marbles are the emotional nature and the blue marbles are our true feeling nature; our core being nature. You were born without any emotions – pure true feeling in action. A key to spiritual fulfillment is learning to discern which true feeling the emotional nature is bullying and replace the emotional reaction with solution-oriented action. Learning to use the emotions as an “alarm system”  will strengthen your ability to stay aligned with your unique life purpose and to experience greater inner peace.