Past Services and Podcasts
- The Transformative Power of Gratitude
- Rev. Jacqueline Brett, worship leader; Joan Tilghman, worship associate
- Music: Kate Lewis
Many of us experience a surge of personal gratitude on an ad hoc basis when something good happens to us. But how does living gratefully make the world different? What might it mean to live as a thankful society where we would together nurture, encourage and practice a gratefulness that impacts civic life and changes our hearts and our communities?
- Living, Learning, Loving
- Rev. Cayer and Julia Tyler, worship leaders
Unitarian Universalists have a rich history of religious education and exploration. We’re among those who expect to learn and grow throughout our entire lives. This morning we celebrate and honor the rich learning and growing this past year in religious education at ERUUF. We’ll dedicate our newest babies and children in this service.
- We Sing Our Thanks and Praise
- Rev. Cayer, worship leader; Gerda Presson, worship associate
- Music: Eno River Singers choirs
Gratitude is a practice that can help us live with meaning, hope, and joy, despite the reality that at times life is painful and unjust.
NOTE: TODAY WE BEGIN OUR SCHEDULE OF ONE SUMMER SERVICE AT 10:15AM.
- Coming of Age Service
- John Bush, Julia Tyler and Coming of Age Youth, worship leaders
- Music: Kate Lewis, Coming of Age youth
Our Coming of Age youth have been busy all year and this morning they lead the service and share their credos. The truth, love and support flowing through this service always make it one of the most inspiring of the year.
- Expressive Acts: Outward Manifestations of Inward Power
- Rev. Jacqueline Brett, worship leader. Virginia Williams, worship associate
Writer Margaret Wheatley says, "An expressive act is not to achieve a goal outside myself / but to express a conviction / a leading, a truth that is within me.” What convictions are we expressing, what truths lie within each of us? How might we know?
- Church of What We Know
In our continued celebration of Blue Boat Home Weekend, singer songwriter Peter Mayer delivers today's sermon. He writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of "folk", and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.
- More Than the Sum of Our Parts
- Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader. Marc Maxmiester, worship associate
Ant and bee colonies operate without hierarchy, on the basis of shared information, with individuals acting within clearly defined roles. Out of this elegant simplicity, complex societies emerge that enable the group to do what no single individual is able to achieve. People have the power to do this too. Where might the holy be in all this?
Special Music by the Beloved Community Chorus
- Emergence of the New South
- Mateo Arnold, Joan Tilghman and Rev. Cayer, service leaders.
The musician, Astor Piazzolla, felt the pull of Argentina always pulling him south, toward home. What's the pull in our South today? What's newly emerging here that's pulling us home?
Music: ERUUF wind quintet, Wuudwhims
- Easter: A Surging of Power
- Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader
This morning we celebrate the power of new life, even after the darkest times, with readings, stories and music. Our sources are the Christian tradition, and the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was killed 50 years ago this April 4. What surging power enables us to move forward with love? We end the service with the Hallelujah Chorus for All.
Bring a flower this morning to add to our common bouquets. Later in the service we’ll each choose a different flower; this is an affirmation that in community we each have unique gifts to give and receive from one another.
- Spring Music Service
Guest artist and scholar Dr Raymond Wise conducts our combined choirs as we explore gospel music’s long history in sustaining Black lives. Rev. Nan L. White, UU guest minister who holds degrees in music as well as ministry, will lead the worship service with Dr. Kevin Badanes.
- Left to Our Own Devices
- Rev. Cayer, Worship leader
This morning we’ll look at the ways we use social media personally and socially for better or worse, and consider how we might tip the balance toward the common good. Jim McCrae, Worship Associate. Avante will perform special music.
- Stewards of Love: What Will We Bring to the Table?
- Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz, Guest Preacher.
River Folk provide the morning's special music.
Our UU tradition tells us that life and love are abundant, and most of the time we recognize that we have been abundantly blessed. Through storytelling and exploring images ancient and modern, the Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem will examine what calls us to be stewards of our living tradition.