Archive for September 2021

September 26, 2021- When Control Can‘t Carry Us

Monday, September 27th, 2021

If we’ve learned anything these last 18 months, we’ve learned that try as we might, we cannot always control how things turn out. If control cannot carry us, then what can? Unitarian Universalist theologian Dr. Sharon Welch suggests that an ethic of risk may be at the center of what allows us to persist in building the world and the lives of love and justice we long for, even in the face of partial victories and continued defeats. Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, Franco Holder, Julica Hermann de la Fuente, Rev. Arif Mamdani, Dr. Randy Buikema, and the First Universalist Choir lead the service.

 

Words of Welcome- Rev. Arif Mamdani (:30)

Story for All Ages- Julica Hermann de la Fuente (4:43)

Anthem- The Road Home by Stephen Paulus- First Universalist Choir, Dr. Randal Buikema- conductor

Message- When Control Can't Carry Us- Juica Hermann de la Fuente

 

Vocalists: Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, Aimee K. Bryant

Pianist: Franco Holder

September 19, 2021- When the Waters are Held Back

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

Gathering in person at Minnehaha Falls, we immerse ourselves in the imagery of water and the power of the river as we remember the strength of the stones in the banks we build, and the well-worn groove of the river bed that waits for us, whatever the season. We remember the ritual of Water Communion and the symbolic ingathering it represents and we will intentionally hold back the waters for now, waiting with each other, for the fullness of our hoped-for return to our building in November and the joy it will bring. Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, Aimee K. Bryant, Franco Holder, Lauren Wyeth, and Revs. Arif Mamdani and Jen Crow lead the service.

Words of Welcome- Rev. Jen Crow (:29)

Song- Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout and Aimee K. Bryant (7:10)

Time for All Ages- Aimee K. Bryant (9:47)

Body and Community Prayer- Lauren Wyeth and Rev. Arif Mamdani (15:40)

Message- Rev. Jen Crow (26:35)

September 12, 2021- Backpack Blessing/What We Need Is Here

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

This multigenerational service of song, story, and strength as we remember that no matter what is going on around us or within us, when we are in it together – what we need is here. Backpacks will be blessed for those who carry them, and all of us will come away with the joy of community and a grounding in our deepest commitments.

Worship leaders: Rev. Jen Crow, Lauren Wyeth, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, Rev. Karen Hutt

August 29, 2021- what if god was in space?

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

Where love and connection reside, there is the location of god. Join Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, Julica Hermann de la Fuente, Rev. Arif Mamdani, Franco Holder, the First Universalist Choir (directed by Dr. Randy Buikema), and other worship leaders for worship at on Sunday, August 29 as we gather and reflect, held together by story, prayer, poem, and song.

Words of Welcome- Rev. Arif Mamdani (:31)

Story for All Ages- Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout (10:47)

Prayer and Meditation- Julica Hermann de la Fuente (24:38)

Anthem- Shenandoah- First Universalist Choir, Dr. Randal Buikema, conductor (35:52)

Interlude- Franco Holder, piano (39:44)

Closing Words- Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout (41:31)

 


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