Past Worship Services & Sermons

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Sunday, September 23, 2018: "TURNING AND TURNING: Can You Influence the Moral Arc of the Universe?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Sherry Benton

 

Today UUSP will host the Interfaith Community of Tampa Bay in recognizing World Peace Day as begun by the United Nations on September 21, 1982.  We are also at the autumn equinox, bringing balance to days, nights, and weather, and marking the beginning of harvests and bounty in many parts of the world - all auspicious ingredients for peace.

Our service this morning will offer the question of whether we can bend the arced Source of our potentials toward a just and moral peace.  In other words, can we grow enough in faith and love - understanding and caring - for justice and peace to have a chance?


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Sunday, September 16, 2018: "BEING OFF KILTER: Did Something Influence Our Source from the Beginning?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Patti Hanks

We are approaching Yom Kippur, the conclusion of Judaism's High Holy Days (September 18) with which the Jewish New Year begins.  Also we are approaching the anniversary (September 17) of the establishment of the U.S. Constitution with its goal of forming "a more perfect Union."  

In the spirit of those great traditions and our own tradition of seeking growth in understanding of life and in caring for it, this Sunday's theme continues with exploration of our potentials and what forces besides our Source might have influenced them from the beginning and may continue to do so, for better or worse.


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Sunday, September 9, 2018: "CONSIDER THE SOURCE: What is the Influence of the Beginner's Mind on You?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Sarah Craig
 

And so now the new church year begins - along with Rosh Hashanah (September 9), beginning the Jewish New Year with the High Holy Days - along with Labor Day marking the return to work and school after summer vacations -along with our Sunday service marking our new beginnings with our annual Ingathering Service, celebrating with our traditional Water Communion ceremony (created and introduced by the UU Women's Federation decades ago). 

We invite all to help mark our Ingathering and reconnecting for the new church year by bringing a tiny bit of water representing the oceans, lakes, streams or faucets from where you spent some time this summer.  Our Water Communion ceremony is a few moments to pour in our gathered waters and to name the interconnected sources and spirits they represent.

The basic purpose of our church, one might say, is to be an on-going community that helps us and all people grow spiritually, that is, in understanding of life and caring for it.  Our pastor's Sunday sermons mainly focus on our potentials and how they may be fulfilled from the beginning of life through its end.  Today's sermon asks what is the connection between our Source and our potentials.

 


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Sunday, September 2, 2018: "Educators Inspire"
Time: 10:30am
Guest Speaker:
John Motter
Ruth Bentley

Worship Leader: Bill Motter

Worship Associate:  Steve Benton

 

Two reflections on the inspiration of educators.

 

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Sunday, August 26, 2018: "BELIEVING IN EQUAL RIGHTS FOR WOMEN"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Guest Speaker: Amy Weintraub

Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

Nationally, this Sunday is Women's Equality Sunday.  Why is "Women's Equality" an issue?   How is it a religiously spiritual issue?  Is it important to you?  Do we need to do something?  Do you?  Members of the League of Women Voters, Planned Parenthood, and Progress Florida will join us for this service.  Progress Florida advocate and lobbyist Amy Weintraub and Rev. Jack Donovan will give presentations in recognition of the day, with further explorations after the service among those gathered.


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