Past Worship Services & Sermons

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Sunday, July 28, 2019: "SINCE THE DEVIL CAN ALSO WRITE SCRIPTURE...: Meeting Spiritual Temptation in Our Political Wilderness"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Sarah Craig

Scholars of history, political science, and sociology have made the case that our U.S. Declaration of Independence, our Constitution's Preamble, and President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address honorably highlight our most valued American beliefs about how we can achieve both safety and opportunity for happiness for all.  These documents have been called The American Testament, the scriptures by which we are pledged to guide our communal life as Americans. 

So, to paraphrase the great American poet, Unitarian Walt Whitman, Why are safety and opportunity yet unfound for so many of us?  Why are we more and more seeing troubles all around?  Could it be that the devil has also written  scripture, and its preachers are pitching us all?  Earth to Earthkind!  We've got a problem.

Here, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg - an organic free-range church - what can we do to Make Earth Great Again?  It's a MEGA opportunity, as well as challenge, for homo sapiens (and maybe cetacean sapiens).  


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Sunday, July 21, 2019: "Why Church?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Susan Burnore

Worship Associate: Pierre Williams

Why Church?  Why be a member of or attend a church, any church?  What, if anything, makes church different from other activities and organizations?

UUSP member Susan Burnore, with the help of input from several other members, will explore the value of church - is it the fellowship?  The learning?  The ritual?  Especially for those among us who don't have traditional religious beliefs, why do church at all?  More questions than answers, as usual!  But also an appreciation and  celebration of the unique experience of church.

We welcome Pierre Williams as Worship Associate.


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Sunday, July 14, 2019: "Worship Service - Journeys "
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Paul Craig
Guest Speaker: John Motter
Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

This Sunday we continue our popular "Journeys" series featuring UUSP members Paul Craig and John Motter.  Paul and John will share experiences that have led them to UU St. Petersburg and Unitarian Universalism.  

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Sunday, July 7, 2019: "THE AMERICAN SPIRIT: Is It Just Fireworks?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Bill Motter

Three historical statements of the American idea - the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address - are sometimes referred to as The American Testament, the originating seeds of the common faith that would shape the American spirit.

On Sunday June 9, we explored how the Declaration particularly illuminates the understanding in that common faith that establishes Authority over beliefs about what life can be and about how to live - concluding that we the people as individuals and as society hold that authority.  On Sunday June 30, we explored how the Preamble to the Constitution particularly illuminates the understanding of Reality as to what life and society could be - concluding that a number of human rights must necessarily be secured for the people to participate in the common good and to pursue a good life and happiness.

This Sunday, July 7, we will explore how President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address particularly illuminates our understanding of the duties or obligations as a Morality that exist between we the people and with society as a whole.  The Authority is ours - should our Morality be to seek the Reality of a more perfect Union, guaranteeing rights to all by which each and all can secure life, liberty, and opportunity for happiness - and if so, what must we do next?

 

 


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Sunday, June 30, 2019: "THE AMERICAN REALITY YOU DREAM OF: A Midsummer's Nightmare or Enlightenment?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Jamey Grey

Scholars at a 1974 conference on the nation-founding documents of the United States gave the name "The American Testament" to America's tripartite scripture - The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address.  These are considered by many to provide the faith statement of the USA - containing our societal beliefs about the Authority we recognize, the Reality we live in, and the Morality we live by. 

On June 9, we considered America's Source of Authority as delineated in the Declaration, with its eyes clearly on  We the People as that honored Authority.  This Sunday, June 30, as we look forward to the 4th of July, let us consider America's beliefs about the Reality we the people aim to live in, as delineated by the Preamble.  Is it an honorable serviceable system of beliefs about our societal Reality?  Should our spirits walk on paths toward the Preamble's promised Reality, its more perfect Union?  Are we on the way?  Are we lost?