Archives: Services

“Learning to Be Astonished”

Biologist and nature writer Rachel Carson suggested, “One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?”  Today we’ll reflect, and hopefully celebrate, how important it is to … read more.

“Zen and The Art of Ministerial Searching”

 Search Committee members will lead our November 27 service titled: Zen and The Art of Ministerial Searching. The inspiration came from Search Committee member Nat Carpenter who did a chalice lighting at the beginning of one of our meetings recently. While Robert Pirsig’s book Zen and … read more.

“Change and Transformation”

Let’s face it.  No matter how much we want some change, all of us resist change as well.   When change overwhelms us and upends our lives, how can we anchor ourselves to respond?  How can we be open to transformation, which is different from change?

Change … read more.

Service of Remembrance

At this time of year it is fitting to remember our losses. Grieving can be hard, but it is part of living wholly.  Let us take the time to honor individuals we have lost from our lives, not only to death but to the changing … read more.

“Church of Today, Church of Tomorrow”

Changes in congregational life in America over the past few years, particularly with the pandemic, mean that all of us face challenges now and, we hope, transformations in the future.  We are truly in a liminal time.  How do we make sense of those changes … read more.

“Shedding Tears, Mending Tears”

The title of this week’s sermon turns on the two meanings of “tears”: the tears we shed upon feeling hurt or regret and the rips we must mend in human relatedness.  During this time of the Jewish High Holy Days, when one of the world’s … read more.