Past Worship Services & Sermons

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Sunday, March 31, 2019: "Journeys - With a Little Help From Our Friends"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Bill Motter

Worship Associate: Susan Burnore

Guest Speakers:  Jamey Grey, Ruth Bentley and Michael Killoren

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Sunday, March 24, 2019: "THE ART OF BLESSING AND BEING BLESSED: How to Influence Your Potentials for the Gifts of Companionship"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Sabine von Aulock

Companionship, friendship, community - research strongly indicates what millennia of humans have surmised - companionship can make all the difference for surviving and thriving.  Having a sense of belonging is one of developmental psychology's indicators of a happy and fulfilled person.  Belonging to what?  To other people - to families, cliques, teams, tribes, peoples, Earth, Universe, God.  At the same time that we benefit in many ways from belonging , our potentials may also be affected adversely by these worldly influences.  The foundation of some religions is transcending the worldly influences - and yet almost all of them end up becoming communal - the worldly influence of companions is too important and potentially good to be dismissed.  How do we influence our potentials for becoming a valuable and valued part of the community?


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Sunday, March 17, 2019: "WORLDLY INFLUENCES ON YOUR SPIRITUAL POTENTIALS FOR COMPANIONSHIP & COMMUNITY: Picking Sides"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Lia Cannon

Companioning could be considered one of the great human spiritual potentials - being able to join others on their journeys and quests and to be joinable in ways that are rewarding and fulfilling.  The potentials.are innate, having tested out as genetially essential for the well-being of the human species and of others - capacities for cooperation, competition, creativity, discernment, judgment.  But their development for benefit or detriment depends on the influences of one's world as well as one's will.  What would life be if these potentials weren't developed positively?  What are the worldly influences by which the potentials for companionship and community are nourished or impaired?   For example, remember the youthful experience of picking up sides for games (and now for adult games)?  How does where we are in the picking order influence our sense of connection to others?   (And, for Sunday March 24, what can you do to influence your own potentials for companionship and community - and how can you also influence the influences of the world?)


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Sunday, March 10, 2019: "POTENTIALS FOR COMPANIONSHIP: Were You Cut Out for a Team Roadtrip?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Worship Associate: Patti Hanks

One metaphor for life is that it is a journey on a long and winding road, up a high and misty mountain.  if so, is it a journey we have to make alone, without companions?  Do we have the potentials necessary to go on the journey and complete it?  Do we have the potentials for being and having companions on the journey?  Or is the journey a matter of fulfilling the very potentials that let us set out?


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Sunday, March 3, 2019: "Gratitude and Generosity - And the missing piece is...?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Courtney Allen
Worship Associate: Susan Burnore

Gratitude leads to generosity which leads to more gratitude which leads to more generosity...Doesn't it?  Is there a piece missing in that equation?  Courtney Allen and Susan Burnore discuss what they're grateful for and how that gratitude inspires them.   Bill Motter serves as Worship Associate, and the UUSP Choir sings along with director Jon Arterton and pianist Teresa Ancaya.


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