Archive for the 'Words of Welcome' Category

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)

 

August 22, 2021- One Of Us- Rev. Arif Mamdani

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Going slow to go fast. Heeding the lessons from geese. These last several weeks, our services have invited us to reflect on how it is that we do this thing called religious community. This Sunday, we continue this exploration as we lift up a concrete approach to the challenges that can arise when human beings try to do things together.

Words of Welcome- Rev. Jen Crow (:30)

Story for All Ages- The Messiah is Amongst You- Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout (8:07)

Prayer and Cycle of Life- Rev. Karen Hutt (14:43)

Message- One Of Us- Rev. Arif Mamdani (21:04)

Introduction and Anthem- How Can I Keep from Singing- Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, First Universalist Choir, Dr. Randal Buikema (conductor), Franco Holder (piano), and the First Universalist Orchestra. (38:13)

August 15, 2021- Lessons from Canada Geese- First U Worship Team

Monday, August 16th, 2021

This Sunday, we worship at the Lake Harriet Bandshell! Worship leaders Aimee K. Bryant, Franco Holder, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, Rev. Arif Mamdani, Julica Hermann de la Fuente, Rev. Jen Crow, Lauren Wyeth, and Rev. Karen Hutt will lead and inspire us through music, story, and message, and challenge us to consider what we might learn from — among other things — Canadian geese.

Words of Welcome- Rev. Jen Crow (:30)

Story for All Ages- Sue Searing (7:08)

Prayer and Cycle of Life- Rev. Arif Mamdani (12:26)

Reading- Lessons from Canada Geese- Julica Hermann de la Fuente and Rev. Karen Hutt (21:51)

Song- What Wonderous Love- Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout (24:54)

Message- Rev. Karen Hutt and Lauren Wyeth (27:39)

August 8, 2021- Roots Hold Me Close- Rev. Jen Crow

Monday, August 9th, 2021

Change is ever-present these days, a constant cycle of new information, new experiences and new understandings of ourselves, each other, and the larger world keep coming our way. This Sunday, we continue our exploration of the nature of change and how we, as people of faith, continue to align our actions with our values.

Words of Welcome- Rev. Jen Crow (:30)

Story for All Ages- The Water Cycle- Aimee K. Bryant (4:58)

Blessing in Song- Breaths- Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout (9:37)

Prayer and Cycle of Life- Rev. Arif Mamdani (14:21)

Sermon- Roots Hold Me Close- Rev. Jen Crow (23:12)

Outro music- Shenandoah- First Universalist Church Choir, conducted by Dr. Randy Buikema

August 1, 2021- Harnessing (and Being Harnessed by) Change - Julica Hermann de la Fuente

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

This Sunday, August 1, Julica Hermann de la Fuente guides us in using Martha Beck’s Change Cycle to explore how we navigate and make meaning of change. Join us to inquire into the nature of change, the possibilities and challenges of change, and the ways that change will continue to be with us personally and congregationally. 

Words of Welcome- Julica Hermann de la Fuente (:30)

Story for All Ages- Suzy Messerole (2:37)

Interlude - Building a New Way- Aimee K. Bryant and Franco Holder (9:00)

Prayer and Cycle of Life- Julica Hermann de la Fuente (11:28)

Message- Harnessing (and Being Harnessed by) Change- Julica Hermann de la Fuente (16:03)

Outro Music- I Am Willing by Holly Near

 

July 25, 2021- What Kind of Humanist Are You?- A Colored Kid’s Journey- Rev. Karen Hutt

Monday, July 26th, 2021

This Sunday, Rev. Karen shares her humanist journey from Yankee Stadium to the Rift Valley in East Africa. We will also explore opportunities for Unitarian Universalism and humanism in the coming years as we reflect on our 5th Source.

Words of Welcome- Julica Hermann de la Fuente (:19)

Wisdom Story- Anansi- Sue Searing (4:38)

Interlude- We Shall Be Known- Seth Anderson-Matz (10:31)

Prayer and Cycle of Life- Julica Hermann de la Fuente (12:43)

Message- What Kind of Humanist Are You?: A Colored Kid's Journey- Rev. Karen Hutt (18:23)

Outro Music- Lean On Me, by Bill Withers- Aimee K. Bryant and Franco Holder

July 18, 2021- A Prophetic Encounter: Have You Had One Lately? - Rev. Karen Hutt

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Prophets are often treated like icons. How many prophetic people can you rattle off the names of? What characteristics do they display? Our 2nd Source as UU’s provides us with some interesting human centered guidance, if we parse the words enough and dive deeply. This Sunday, we continue to learn how to walk the walk that we talk of so much.

Words of Welcome- Julica Hermann de la Fuente (:30)

Wisdom Tale- The Emperor's New Clothes- Aimee K. Bryant (3:30)

Interlude- Shine On Me, by Melanie DeMore (11:16)

Prayer and Cycle of Life- Julica Hermann de la Fuente (14:50)

Sermon- A Prophetic Encounter: Have You Had One Lately?- Rev. Karen Hutt (20:23)

Outro music- Show Up, by Joe Davis

July 11, 2021- Cinnamon Sticks and God- Jill Braithwaite

Monday, July 12th, 2021

Radical acceptance, as defined by Buddhist teacher Tara Brach, is the spiritual practice of accepting reality exactly as it is, without trying to control or judge or pull away. When we’re feeling stuck and unable to make a change, radical acceptance can help us move forward. Join Jill Braithwaite for a reflection on what can happen when we step into radical acceptance and let go.

Jill Braithwaite has been a member of First Universalist Church since 2004. She has an M.A. in theology and the arts from United Theological Seminary and is currently studying there in the Master of Divinity program with a concentration in UU Studies.

Words of Welcome- Rev. Arif Mamdani (:20)

Story for All Ages- Rev. Arif Mamdani (3:56)

Prayer and Cycle of Life- Rev. Arif Mamdani (8:41)

Message- Cinnamon Sticks and God- Jill Braithwaite (13:49)

Outro music- We Are Building a New Way - Aimee K. Bryant

July 4, 2021- Owning Our Stories- Rev. Jen Crow

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

Whole-hearted spiritual living invites us to learn how to tell our stories with honesty, humility and care - celebrating our learning and joy while simultaneously acknowledging the places we still need to grow. This Sunday we'll explore how we might own the fullness of our stories as individuals and as a nation. 

Prelude- Aimee K. Bryant (:30)

Words of Welcome- Rev. Jen Crow (2:28)

Story for All Ages- Rev. Arif Mamdani (7:15)

Music- A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cook- Aimee K. Bryant (12:51)

Reading- Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes- Yahanna, Aliana, Satya (15:44)

Musical Response- Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson & J. Rosamond Johnson- Aimee K. Bryant (22:51)

Prayer and Cycle of Life- Julica Hermann de la Fuente (25:13)

Message- Owning Our Stories- Rev. Jen Crow (33:01)

Outro Music- Respect by Aretha Franklin - Aimee K. Bryant (49:16)

 

June 13, 2021- Making Room- Rev. Jen Crow

Monday, June 14th, 2021

After over a year of being physically apart, this Sunday, June 13 marks our first time together in person and online as a church community when we gather at the Lake Harriet Bandshell and on zoom. How will it feel to be together in person? How will it feel to be online when others can gather face-to-face? What will it be like? As people of faith, we promise to pay attention, to be curious with ourselves and each other, and to make room for all of who we are and all of the feelings and experiences that arise. We’ve got this, together.

Words of Welcome- Rev. Jen Crow (:30)

Prelude- How Can I Keep From Singing, First Universalist Choir, Dr. Randal Buikema conducting, Franco Holder on piano (6:09)

Story for All Ages- Just Ask by Sonia Sotomayor- Jill Braithwaite (10:56)

Reading- Spilling the Light by Rev. Theresa I. Soto- Jill Braithwaite (16:56)

Anthem- Love Is Love by Abbie Betinis- First Universalist Choir, Dr. Randal Buikema conducting, Franco Holder on piano (18:50)

Message- Making Room- Rev. Jen Crow (19:58)

Outro- Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield- Aimee K. Bryant and Franco Holder

 


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