Past Worship Services & Sermons

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Sunday, February 2, 2020: "ARE YOU DIVERSE ENOUGH FOR YOUR OWN GOOD? A Groundhog Day Sermon"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Susan Burnore & Sarah Craig

When we enter February and leave the darker months and cooler days behind, that is when the celebrations of the purifying arts of goddess Brigid, the shadow-side of Groundhog Day, and the flickering light of Candlemas each ask us, in contrasting ways, what hopes do you look to and what ways do you pursue them.  And, Why?


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Sunday, January 26, 2020: "O, WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE (When First We Practice to Perceive)"
Time: (All day)
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

 -Some of the foundational Transcendantalist Unitarians (eg, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, Bronson Alcott, Walt Whitman) urged that we break free from the wisdom teachings of earlier generations and learn life first hand from our inner experience of nature and nature's depths.  But others from the same school urged caution as to how much we let ourselves be guided by such intuitional and emotional responses (eg, Melville and Hawthorne - think Moby Dick and The Scarlet Letter).  Today, psychologists and neurologists are further deconstructing our senses of perceving, discerning, and choosing and are re-shaping how we think about the mind and its realities.  So, let us ponder, In comparison to the world's wisdom traditions, how is our understanding of truth and meaning being influenced by our own direct experience - and how should we respond to that?


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Sunday, January 19, 2020: "State of our Spirit 2020"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Paul Burnore
Guest Speaker: Emma Pedersen and Bud Murphy

Worship Associate:  John Motter

Events of the 2010s have shaped the spirit of our country in 2020.  While general stability and prosperity are evident to some, others have experienced distrust and fatigue.  Some believe the drumbeat of negative news left us with a mood of general malaise and confusion.

 

On Monday January 20 we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. How can he and contemporary activists like Greta Thunberg help in our troubled times? How can we temper our own spirits back to good health and enrich our collective mood?

 

As the events of the past year and decade are assessed, we also assess ourselves. Sometimes we make resolutions to make changes that better meet our personal goals. Our actions and aspirations can also benefit our collective spirit.


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Sunday, January 12, 2020: "TEACHINGS ON THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH AND MEANING FROM THE WORLD'S WISDOM TRADITIONS"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

To paraphrase the Declaration of Independence, "When in the course of human development it becomes necessary for one person to become individually responsible for one's own life decisions, a decent respect for the safety and happiness of self and all requires that one take up one's own search for truth and meaning."

This is the stage of life that some start as they begin puberty or young adulthood, or some much later, as they ponder how to raise their children or contribute to their society or care for Earthkind.  And some, never.

How helpful has the guidance of the world's wisdom traditions been in your search for truth and meaning?  (And for a later date, how helpful has your own direct experience been in finding truth and meaning.)


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Sunday, January 5, 2020: "PREPARING FOR EPIPHANY: What Do You Expect?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Worship Associate: Paul Craig

Our congregation was founded on the Day of Epiphany, January 5, 1915, with a dream for a church that was "less rigid in its doctrines than those prevalent here in St. Petersburg."   And it came to be - as have many unexpected things in the last 100 years.

On this Epiphany Sunday, January 5, 2020, with what dreams do we as individuals and as a congregation begin the new year and new decade?  If epiphany is the name for unexpected revelations, what unexpected things are you expecting?  Are you ready?

 


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