Sermons and Presentations, Oct. – Dec. 2017

December 31, 2017 – Balancing the Light and the Dark – Christi Bayha

Bruce Callander and Laura Joy – The Sound of Silence
Christi Bayha – Wonder Box: To Everything a Season
Max Nicholson – Auld Lang Syne
Christi Bayha – Balancing the Light and the Dark
Kristen Tuxbury – Closing Words: Only One Thing Required of Us

December 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m. – Waiting for a Savior

Handbell Quartet – Away In A Manger
Susan Kosior – Chalice Lighting and Opening Words: A Christmas Prayer with Seven Words
Adult Choir – O Magnum Mysterium
Jason Michael – Reading: Luke 2: 1-14
Chris Johns – Reading: The Emperor’s Tea
Adult Choir – And The Glory Of The Lord
Nancy Michael – Reading: Matthew 2: 1-12
Rev. Doug McCusker – Waiting for a Savior (pdf)
Adult Choir – Christmas Wishes
Rev. Doug McCusker – Candlelight Meditation
Rev. Doug McCusker – Closing Words: A Single Flame

December 24, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – Service Is Our Call

Lisa Wright, Pati Dunn, Karen Kallay, Nancy Krause – Christmas Chopsticks
Rev. Doug McCusker – Opening Words: The Universal Message of Service
Rev. Doug McCusker – Wonder Box: The Story of Father Damien
Rev. Doug McCusker – Meditation: Loving Kindness
Pati Dunn – Silent Night
Andy Cameron – Reading: from Meditations of the Heart
Rev. Doug McCusker – Service Is Our Call
Rev. Doug McCusker – Closing Words

December 17, 2017 – Patience with the Lamp Lit

Daniel Kilmartin – Arietta
Miriam Liss – Chalice Lighting
Rev. Doug McCusker – The Winter of Listening
Miriam Liss – Wonder Box: The Story of Chanukah
Nora Wilson-Lesser – Lighting the Menorah
Pati Dunn – Lulajze Jezuniu
Miriam Liss – Reading: The Coming of the Light
Rev. Doug McCusker – Patience with the Lamp Lit  (click here for transcript)
Rev. Doug McCusker – Closing Words
Closing Hymn – Light One Candle

December 10, 2017 – UUFF Holiday Pageant: Would You Like to Hold the Baby?

Rev. Doug McCusker- Chalice Lighting
Rev. Doug McCusker – Opening Words: the 7th day of Chalica
Nancy Michael – Wonder Box: The Immaculate Conception
Pati Dunn and Nancy Michael – Coventry Carol
UUFF Holiday Pageant – Would You Like To Hold The Baby? (Part 1)
UUFF Holiday Pageant – Would You Like To Hold The Baby? (Part 2)
Chris Johns – Closing Words

December 3, 2017 – Beyond Hope to Commitment

Handbells – Silver Bells
Chris Johns – Wonder Box: Under the Bodhi Tree
Rev. Doug McCusker and Chris Johns – Chalica Ceremony
Handbells – Up On The Housetop
Adam Armstrong – How Do We Experience Hope?
Rev. Doug McCusker – Beyond Hope to Commitment (pdf)
Rev. Doug McCusker – Closing Words

November 26, 2017 – Would Jesus Have Been a UU?

Pati Dunn – i wanna be there
Kristen Tuxbury & Rev. Doug McCusker – Opening Words and Welcome
Rev. Doug McCusker – Wonder Box: Muhammad the Prophet
Pati Dunn – What if God Was One of Us?
Kristen Tuxbury – Reading: Love for Enemies
Rev. Doug McCusker – The Beatitudes
Rev. Doug McCusker – Would Jesus Have Been a UU? (pdf)
Pati Dunn and Bruce Callander – All God’s Critters
Rev. Doug McCusker – Closing Words

November 19, 2017 – Wanting What You Have

Adult Choir – Blessings
Bill Johnson-Miles – Chalice Lighting and Opening Words
Rev. Doug McCusker – Wonder Box: The Best Meal
Rev. Doug McCusker – Fellowship at Work: Holiday Observances
Adult Choir – Ordinary Miracle
Rev. Doug McCusker – Meditation: Transgender Day Of Remembrance
Rev. Doug McCusker – Reading and Sermon
Rev. Doug McCusker – Closing Words

November 12, 2017 – The 2017 Election

Chris Johns – The Star-Spangled Banner
Chris Johns – Wonder Box
Chris and Taylor Johns – Prayer of St. Francis
Dr. Stephen Farnsworth – The 2017 Election

November 5, 2017 – The Abundance of Clutter

Robert Calvert – Running Wild
Taylor Johns and the Lower Elementary Class – Chalice Lighting
Rev. Doug McCusker – Buddhist Acceptance Blessing
Rev. Doug McCusker – The Tailor’s Jacket
Robert Calvert – Wildest Dreams
Rev. Doug McCusker, Chris Johns, and Taylor Johns – The Bridge
Rev. Doug McCusker – Sermon and Closing Words (pdf)

October 29, 2017 – Standing Up in the Face of Adversity

UUth Choir – We’re Gonna Shovel the Snow
Susan Kosior – Opening Words
Chris Johns – Wonder Box
UUth Choir – Everything is Awesome
Rev. Joshua Cole – Standing Up in the Face of Adversity
Susan Kosior – Closing Words

October 22, 2017 – White Supremacy Teach-In II: Being Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Gaye Adegbalola – Prelude
Rev. Doug McCusker – I See Her From Time to Time-Opening Words
Rev. Doug McCusker – Reminders Abound
Rev. Doug McCusker – Meditation: The Felt Sense of White Supremacy
Gaye Adegbalola – Offertory
Miriam Liss – from Between the World and Me
Rev. Doug McCusker – Being Comfortable Being Uncomfortable- Sermon
Rev. Doug McCusker – Closing Words, by Henry Hampton

October 15, 2017 – The Courage of Non-Violence

Adult Choir – Amani Utupe
Bill Johnson-Miles – Chalice Lighting
Rev. Doug McCusker – Opening Reading (by Mahatma Gandhi)
Rev. Doug McCusker – Tank Man
Adult Choir – Defying Gravity
Bill Johnson-Miles – Reading (by Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Rev. Doug McCusker – The Courage of Non-Violence (pdf)

October 8 – Our Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Rhianna DeGeorge & Max Nicholson – Coat of Many Colors
Adam Armstrong – Chalice Lighting
Chris Johns – The Story of Joseph
Rev. Doug McCusker – Meditation
Rhianna DeGeorge & Max Nicholson – Any Dream Will Do
Adam Armstrong –  Reading (by Desmond Tutu)
Rev. Doug McCusker – Sermon and Closing Words (pdf)

October 1, 2017 – The Courage to Forgive

Handbells – Theme from William Tell Overture
Rev. Doug McCusker & Chris Johns – Blessing Our RE Ministry
Handbells – I Whistle A Happy Tune
Marcia Grimsley – Acceptance Creates an Unlikely Friendship
Rev. Doug McCusker –  The Courage to Forgive
Rev. Doug McCusker – Closing Words