Past Worship Services & Sermons

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Sunday, October 7, 2018: "ARE THE TAOISTS RIGHT - Your Culture is Your Enemy?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

 

What is our culture, or yours?  Where did it come from and where is it trending?  How has it influenced who you are or can be - and will it continue all life long - and what does it matter?  Do all cultures have the same influence?  Is the Taoist idea valid, that cultural accretions constrict and corrode the precious natural you?


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Sunday, September 30, 2018: "Ten Year Vision"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Karen Day

Worship Associate: Nazeriah Allen

How do we make our visions of the future come to pass? If our central practice is love, what do we do when we don’t know what to do? We’ll look at our Universalist history and science fiction for some guidance.

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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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