Services for January 2019

theme: Experiencing

Unless otherwise noted, services include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard and take place at 9:30am and 11:15am on Sundays.

January 6th: “This Great Gift”

It’s the first Sunday of the New Year! It’s also Epiphany, the Christian feast day commemorating the visit of the Magi to the child Jesus. Matthew’s account is filled with prophecies and dreams, telling a story of plans changed and discoveries made. In our own lives, how do we experience the new, not only when we expected it but also, particularly, when we don’t?

January 13th: “Stories: How We Understand the Experiences of Others and Ourselves”

Tell me your story and listen as I tell you mine. I will never be a man or black or trans. I, hopefully, will never live in a war zone or have my home destroyed by floodwaters. But, when you tell me your story, I can begin to understand.

Cynthia Snavely lives in Hayes with her son-in-law, who is currently stationed at Fort Eustis, her daughter, and her four grandsons. She is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and Drew Theological School.

January 20th: “Dancing Porcupines”

Human relationships can be fulfilling and rewarding, but — even with the best wills in the world — they are also challenging. We can only experience our surroundings — including other people — through our own senses, and we constantly guess at motives and intentions by viewing others’ actions through the lenses of our own experience. What does this mean for us and for community?

January 27th: “All of Us”

“One sun rose on us today,” wrote poet Richard Blanco, “all of us as vital as the one light we move through.” Blanco’s poem, written for President Obama’s 2013 inauguration, offers a powerful vision of unity as we experience it in so many different ways in our everyday lives. Indeed, this is the good news of Unitarian Universalism: there is no “them”; there is only “us”.

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