Archive for the 'Wisdom Story' Category

June 28, 2020- A Good Goodbye for Rev. Ruth

Monday, June 29th, 2020

In this Sunday’s worship service, we say a good goodbye to Rev. Ruth and bless her as she retires, hear special music, and more.

Welcome- Rev. Jen Crow (:30)

Wisdom Story- Lauren Wyeth (4:24)

Reflections for Rev. Ruth- Michael Dotson, Daryn Woodson, Adrian Ali-Caccamo (11:28)

Anthem- First Universalist Choir (26:28)

Blessing for Rev. Ruth (28:47)

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)

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)

February 2, 2020- Surviving the Wilderness

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

In a society of increasing inequality and cruelty, it can feel overwhelming and beyond our ability to forge communities grounded in fairness and opportunity. How should we understand ourselves in this moment and how might we reflect on our purpose. Eric K. Ward, author of “Skin in the Game: How Antisemitism Animates White Nationalism” and executive director of Western States Center will explore wrestling with antisemitism, democracy, and identity in our current world. 

Please note: both of Eric's sermons- 9:30 and 11:15- are included on this podcast. 

Wisdom Story- read by Lauren Wyeth (:29)

9:30 Sermon- Eric Ward (8:32)

11:15 Sermon- Eric Ward (28:47)

January 19, 2020- Radical Imagination

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

On this Dr.King Sunday, we hear a Wisdom Story and a sermon from Rev. Jen Crow.

Wisdom Story- Sue Searing (:30)

Reading- In the Spirit of Martin, by Nikki Giovanni (7:28)

Anthem- Rise Up, featuring Anoka-Hennepin Community College musicians Thomas Yoder, Danny Thompson, and Maddy Stoeckmann (10:50)

Sermon- Radical Imagination, Rev. Jen Crow (14:10)

January 5, 2020 - Remembrance Sunday: The Cure for Sorrow

Monday, January 6th, 2020

Remembrance Sunday is an annual service that is a time to remember and reflect on our losses over the past year and to honor those we love who have died. This service can also be a time to mark other significant losses in the life of your family, such as a separation or divorce, saying goodbye to friends who’ve moved away, or any number of other things. 

Wisdom Story- Lauren Wyeth (:29)

from the Cycle of Life, Rev. Ruth MacKenzie (4:55)

Readings (8:32)

Sermon, Rev. Jen Crow (10:08)

December 29, 2019 - Ending a Decade

Monday, December 30th, 2019

Ten more years of the century have passed. What have we learned about ourselves, our church, and our country?

Call to Worship- Arif Mamdani (:22)

Wisdom Story- Arif Mamdani and Rev. Karen Hutt (2:03)

Sermon- Rev. Karen Hutt (8:13)

October 20, 2019 - Where the Sky Meets the Sea

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Disney’s Moana tells the story of a young woman who hears the call of the ocean. In answering the call, Moana embarks on a voyage to save her people, and find the place she belongs in the process. Most of us aren’t called forth into our belonging so dramatically, and few us are accompanied by a soundtrack featuring The Rock. This Sunday, we listen for how the story and music of Moana speak (and sing!) to us in our continued exploration of The Edges of Belonging.

Wisdom Story- Rev. Karen Hutt & members of the congregation (:32)

Reading- Arif Mamdani (3:35)

Sermon- Arif Mamdani (5:25)