Archive for the 'Sermons' Category

August 2, 2020 - Through It- Rev. Justin Schroeder

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

In the popular children’s book and song, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” the refrain is “Can’t go over it, can’t go under it, we’ll have to go through it.” It’s a silly, fun story, with a piercing truth. Sometimes there aren’t any work arounds, short cuts, or easy hacks for particular situations, moments, challenging experiences, and hard feelings. Sometimes, “through” is the only way you can go. In a time like this, how do we make it through? What and who do we need to make it through? How do we go through, together? Go with us, this Sunday, as we go on a spiritual bear hunt.


Words of Welcome- Rev. Justin (:31)


Story for All Ages- Rev. Karen (2:00)


Sermon- "Through It"- Rev. Justin (6:55)

July 26, 2020 - Mining the Museum

Monday, July 27th, 2020

Museums tell us stories about the past and challenge us to understand the present. The images from museums penetrate our consciousness and linger in our psyche often shaping our values, beliefs and theologies. Come take a museum tour with Rev. Karen and view the dioramas of your mind. 


Words of Welcome- Rev. Justin (:30)


Story- Fred Wilson, via San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (5:30)


Music- Upside Down Star Spangled Banner (9:27)


Sermon- Rev. Karen Hutt (11:27)


July 19, 2020- The Languages We Speak

Monday, July 20th, 2020

This Sunday, through story, song, prayer, and word, we open up this question of what it means to exist in and between multiple worlds, cultures, and realities as we continue to explore our summer worship theme of “Here We Are.” Arif Mamdani will be joined on the virtual chancel by Isabela Alvarez, with music from Seth Matz. 


Wisdom Story- Isabela (:32)


Song- Seth (6:30)


Sermon- Arif (8:42)

July 12, 2020 - Humility and Power

Monday, July 13th, 2020

In this week's service, Zoe Mulvihill and Katelyn Berry share a story, Seth Matz sings, and Rev. Justin preaches the sermon. 

Welcome - Rev. Justin (:30)

Wisdom Story- Zoe and Katelyn (3:56)

Community Singing- Seth (9:16)

Sermon- Rev. Justin (11:14)

June 21, 2020- They’ll Remember How You Made Them Feel

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

In this episode, hear a welcome from Rev. Justin, a story from Young Children's Program Coordinator Seth Matz, an anthem from the Choir, Rev. Ruth's last sermon with us before retirement, and her beautiful goodbye gift to the congregation. 

Words of Welcome- Rev. Justin Schroeder (:30)

Wisdom Story- Seth Matz (3:54)

Anthem- First Universalist Choir (8:10)

Sermon- Rev. Ruth MacKenzie (10:40)

Rev. Ruth's gift to the congregation (39:44)


June 14, 2020- Political Hope, pt. 2

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, Sue Searing tells a story for all ages, Ani Peichel sings, and Rev. Karen Hutt preaches. 

Wisdom Story, Sue Searing (:21)

Interlude, Ani Peichel (1:24)

Sermon, Rev. Karen Hutt (2:24)

June 7, 2020- Child Dedication & “The Prophethood of Believers”

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

In this service, Lauren Wyeth introduces our Child Dedication Ritual and we hear from families as they introduce their beloved young ones and Rev. Jen Crow preaches on deep listening in this historic moment. 

Child Dedication- Lauren Wyeth (:31)

Sermon- Rev. Jen Crow (13:13)

March 8, 2020- A Time For Everything

Monday, March 9th, 2020

At First Universalist, we promise to give, receive, and grow together. Sometimes though, we don’t have a whole lot to give. What does it mean to engage in the spiritual practice of receiving? How can we lean into the strength of community, trusting that there is more than enough to go around, trusting that we will be held, and that there is so much to learn by receiving? 

Call to Worship- Satya Mamdani (:21)

Reading- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (4:41)

Sermon- Rev. Jen Crow (6:24)

March 1, 2020- Mine, Mine, Mine

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

As soon as a toddler starts to learn to grasp they also learn to claim objects as theirs, but whet happens when we hold onto to this behavior in daily lives as adults? What are ideas and stories we holding on to? When does sharing cease to be a natural instinct? The culture of MINE limits our ability to grow and evolve authentically with others. This Sunday, we explore what might happen as we practice creating a culture of sharing in our families, our communities and our earth.

Wisdom Story- Sue Searing (:31)

Sermon- Rev. Karen Hutt (6:50)

February 16, 2020- When Things Fall Apart

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

At the heart of despair is a sense of alienation and meaninglessness. What is the alternative to despair when the flames of hate are fanned, when ecological realities are ignored, and suffering deepens? What are the practices of hope and transformation we can learn from each other? How do we lift our gaze and act for the future? How do we participate in hope that is real and faith that is relevant? This Sunday, we explore the place of Universalism in the ongoing cycle of things falling apart and coming back together.

Wisdom Story- Seth Matz (:31)

Sermon- Rev. Ruth MacKenzie (4:28)