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Lay Led Worship

“Thinking About God: Theistic Beliefs and Practices” A Lay Service – May 20, 2018

“Thinking About God: Theistic Beliefs and Practices” This is the second lay service the worship committee has planned about our members’ beliefs and practices. We’ve asked our three speakers to address questions such as: What is the source of your faith or beliefs in your religious or spiritual life? Does “God” or the “Divine” call to you and manifest itself in your life? What is your motivating religious / spiritual impulse and how is it made manifest in your life?

“Summer in Winter” – Three UU Camps and Conference Centers – January 29, 2017

Summer in Winter - January 29, 2017 Three Unitarian Universalist Camps and Conference Centers Introduction by Carole Berney, worship associate A few words about the subject of this lay service: I was struck by a sermon Mark gave a few weeks ago—about how some may feel that what draws us here is our church community. But, he stated, our community crucially derives its identity, importance, and sacredness from the UU faith. We all gather here in UU spirit and values—on Sundays in the Worship...

“Beyond the Rational” – Lay Service – May 22, 2016

First Parish of Watertown  LAY  SERVICE:   “BEYOND  THE  RATIONAL”     MAY  22,  2016     “My  Credo”  by  Judy  Kamm     Good  morning!  I  am  honored  that  Jeri  Bayer  invited  me  to  speak  because   she  assumed  I  would  have  experience  beyond  the  rational,  aka  spiritual,   to  share  with  you  today.  It  is  nice  to  know  that  I  am  viewed  by  at  least   some  as  one  who  is  a  spiritual  person,  who  has  spiritual  experiences,   because  that  is  something...

“My Credo” – A Lay Service – Speakers: Sue Demb and Chris Dame – December 8, 2013

“My Credo”  by Chris Dame – December 8, 2013  First Parish Presentation   First, A few words of traditional wisdom ... "People differ in their discourse and profession about these matters, but men of sense are really but of one religion.. Pray my Lord, what religion is that which men of sense agree in ...  Madam, says the Earl...men of sense never tell it.. Anthony ASHLEY COOPER, 1ST EARL of Shaftsbury 1724 One religion is as true as another Robert Burton - English clergyman 1640 The...

Why I Am a Unitarian Universalist – A Lay Service – November 4, 2012

"Why I Am a Unitarian Universalist" - A Lay Service - November 4, 2012 First Lay Speaker -  Molly Day I have been coming to First Parish ever since I can remember.  And honestly, I can’t imagine growing up in any other religious community. I went through the religious education program here and although I don’t remember much about it specifically, it helped me garner a well rounded education of not just my religion, but others, and the values that are important to me now. From watching the...

Vision Task Force Worship Service – September 30, 2012

Vision Task Force Worship Servvice -  September 30, 2012 –   Call to Worship -  from Benjamin Mays   It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.  It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.  It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture.  It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a...

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