Worship Services

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Description of Worship Services

Our minister, the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, in the pulpit

We offer one worship service at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. Services last about one hour. The children are present for about the first 15 minutes, which includes a ritual of joys and concerns, and the children then leave for their religious education classes. Nursery care and our full religious education program for preschool through junior high school are offered at this time.

Although each of our services is unique, services usually begin with a welcome from a member of our Board of Trustees and occasional special announcements.

Interspersed with a variety of music and hymn singing, the typical service also includes the lighting of the chalice, one or more inspirational readings, a sermon or homily, an offertory, an opportunity to express joys and sorrows, and a closing benediction.

After the service we gather back in the Greeting Area for fellowship, conversation, and coffee.

Members of a group called the Worship Associates assist in planning worship services and also participate in conducting services.

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Lay-Led Worship Services

Our lay-led services honor our commitment to lay involvement in church leadership and our church’s history. We began in 1951 as a lay-led fellowship, and thus all services were lay led until we called our first minister in 1980.

From September through May, the minister steps down from the pulpit one Sunday each month, and the service is entirely lay led, usually by one of the groups in the church, such as the Writer’s Group, Social Action, or the high school youth group.

During the summer, the minister is in the pulpit half the time, and the Worship Associates organize lay-led services the rest of the time. These services are often non-traditional and unique, and allow individuals to speak to a topic of interest or lead the congregation in exploring a variety of activities related to the many facets of worship and spirituality. Summer service topics have included an Animal (Pet) Blessing, Silence, What It Means to be an American, and the Honduras service trips.

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Schedule of Future Services

We offer a worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. On our Home Page you will find details about the worship service for the coming Sunday. Worship plans for each month appear here.

July 2020 Sunday Worship Schedule – 10:30 a.m.

All in-person church gatherings are suspended until further notice April to
ensure we do our part to protect vulnerable populations and slow the spread of
COVID-19 to a level our health system can manage. See online worship details below.

We will be worshiping together online until further notice as we continue to observe social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

July worship:

Sunday, July 5
“What Does Justice Mean to You?”
Todd Iveson with reflections from UU Churchers

Sunday, July 12
Rev. Molly Housh Gordon

Sunday, July 19
“What Values Are Most Important to You?”
Tim Dickerson with reflections from UU Churchers

Sunday, July 26
Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson

Online worship services are offered on Zoom’s “Webinar Setting” which means the only video and audio will be from presenters. Services are followed by a digital coffee hour, where you will be able to see, hear, and visit with each other.

The web address for our weekly worship is https://zoom.us/j/380411489.

You can also join our worship by phone: 312-626-6799  – Webinar ID: 380 411 489

Services will be followed by a weekly digital coffee hour, where you will be able to see, hear and visit with each other. Go to the password-protected Zoom Links page for the 11:30 a.m. coffee hour Zoom link.

If you have any trouble accessing the technology to join us, send an email to our tech team with your contact information, and someone will reach out to help you.

Minister’s Monthly Worship Message – July 2020

Dear UU Churchers,

Oh, there are so many questions pestering us in this 2020 Pandemic summer! I want to know what things will be like in the fall – and the winter! I want to be able to make plans! I want to know when and whether and how all of you and all of us will be safe! And we don’t know.

Perhaps our job this summer is simply to sink into the small things we do know: That a popsicle is a cool treat on a hot day (a daily lesson from my daughters); that today we can call an old friend for a long conversation; that we can drink water with mint and eat fresh tomatoes from our garden; that we are thinking of one another tenderly, and it helps us feel less alone.

This is always true, but mandatory in pandemic…the present moment can be…is…enough.

“It is Enough” by Danna Faulds

It is enough right now
to taste one moment of peace.
Of course I want more,
but at least the door is open.

It is enough to draw a conscious breath
and let my hands relax,
fingers releasing their tight grasp
on things outside of my control.

It is enough to shed a layer of stress
as if taking off a jacket or
a pair of too-tight shoes.

Ease of being has to start somewhere.
This breath is my first step.

In these odd and uncertain summer days, may you (still) (always) have enough.

I’ll see you in (online) church.

Love, Rev. Molly

2019-20 Worship Theme

Rooted in Mission

“In the spirit of courageous love, we forge
a community of radical welcome and
deep connection that moves us together
to heal the world.”

– UU Church of Columbia, Missouri

In 2013 our congregation adopted the beautiful mission statement above by a vote of the congregation. Since then, its evocative phrases and aspirations have become a part of our weekly conversation and our congregational DNA. But the things that become part of us can also become rote without our attention. So this year, your Worship Associates have chosen our very own mission as our over-arching theme for the year.

Each month in worship and in our chalice circles, we will dive deep with one of the phrases that names our hopes for who we are becoming together:

September – Mission
October – Courageous Love
November – Forging Community
December – Radical Welcome
January – Deep Connection
February – Moving Together
March – To Help
April – Healing the World

What do these things mean to us, when the rubber meets the road? Join us all year to contemplate together!

In Faith,
Rev. Molly

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