Worship

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Today we celebrate the 2022 UUA General Assembly theme, "Meet the Moment." Wherever we've come from, wherever we're going, this very moment is the only time we can act to change ourselves, our lives, and the life of the wider world. Over the past week, thousands of Unitarian Universalists are gathered to consider the moment we all are now meeting. At the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, onsite and online, today we celebrate the blessings that can arise as we "Meet the Moment."

Note: UUCSR's Sunday morning Worship Service is onsite and livestreamed at 11:00 AM, as usual. The GA Sunday morning Worship Service (also titled, "Meet the Moment") will livestream at 12:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

This service is an onsite service, also available livestreamed. Mask wearing is encouraged. Masks are required when singing. Livestreams are available on uucsr.org/worship, on Facebook, and YouTube. Closed captions and podcasts available afterward. Also aired on NSTV. Watch live with other members and newcomers at the Sunday Morning Experience on Zoom (visit uucsr.org/calendar). Closed captioning is available on services approximately 24 hours following live streamed broadcasts. Please click "cc" in the lower right section of a video to enable closed captions.

Be Your True Colors: JUNETEENTH and PRIDE SERVICE June is Pride Month, an annual celebration commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Riots that launched the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer rights movement in the United States. Juneteenth is the day we recognize the end of slavery in the United States in 1865. May we take this month of June as an opportunity to recommit to the values of equality and the dignity of every human person.

This service is an onsite service, also available livestreamed. (Mask wearing is encouraged. Masks are required when singing.) Livestreams are available on here, on Facebook, and YouTube. Closed captions and podcasts available afterward. Also aired on NSTV. Watch live with other members and newcomers in the Sunday Morning Experience (click here to join on Zoom). Closed captioning is available on services approximately 24 hours following live streamed broadcasts. Please click "cc" in the lower right section of a video to enable closed captions.

Bridging Worship Service ,  In our religious education program our young people learn and grow–they explore their own thoughts and feelings and they explore their world. In the annual Bridging Worship Service they will share with all of us some of what they have experienced and we acknowledge their transitions. Come celebrate as they cross the bridge from here to there. The Young People’s Choir, The Jazz Ensemble, and Sofia Varone, the UUCSR Ed Miller Music Scholarship recipient will share their musical gifts. This Service is no longer public to protect the identity of minors. Family members may obtain a link from Carson Jones at

Soulful Sundown with spoken word by Rev. Jennifer Brower with music from the Cosmic Orchestra, Sunday, June 10, 2022, 7:30 PM LIVE RIGHT HERE!

Celebration & Appreciation Worship Service

Celebration and Appreciation We gathered in community to celebrate the ministry of the Rev. Jennifer Brower. Rev, Brower is retiring from UUCSR after 20 years as Minister for Pastoral Care. Those wishing to honor Rev. Brower's ministry with a personal gift may contribute in several ways:

  • Visit uucsr.org/browergift online.
  • Mail or deliver a check to the UUCSR Finance Office with “Rev. Brower Gift” in the memo line.

Please note: Worship Service held on Sunday, June 5, 2022 is not available to the public due to the personal nature of a family's baby dedication ceremony included in the service. Thank you for your understanding.

Memorial Day, led by the Rev. Jennifer Brower This weekend, as many members of our congregation were on retreat together at Silver Bay, we gathered for a service of song and spoken word. As we honored Memorial Day and our nation’s fallen soldiers, we reflected upon the ways that each of us might serve life and humankind in creating peace. Choral music for this service was provided by the UUCSR Quartet. Come, bring a reading or your thoughts to share. Choral music for today’s service will be provided by the UUCSR Quartet.

Coming of Age Worship Service on Sunday, May 22, 2022 was led by the COA Class with Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore. Please contact Carson Jones for access to the private video. 

Sound Beauty, led by Rev. Nic Filzen, Guest Minister How does making music -- nurturing sound beauty -- help to connect us? Ground us? We'll (re)connect as a community with a new composition by UU Church of Augusta Music Director, David Neches.

Soulful Sundown on Friday evening, May 13, 2022 at 7:30 PM features spoken word by Rev. Jennifer Brower with music from The Cosmic Orchestra. Special guest musician, Amy Correia.

MAMA'S DAY, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore Mother's Day was begun as "Mother's Day for Peace" in 1870 by Unitarian Julia Ward. She made an "appeal to womanhood throughout the world to unite for peace" With "Mama's Day" we are called to honor all those who "mother" especially those who mentor in the midst of pain, war, and struggle. However imperfect, the effort to nurture life is a spirit-filled journey. An Order of Service is available HERE.

Please note: Worship Service held on Sunday, May 1, 2022 is not available to the public due to the personal nature of a family's baby dedication ceremony included in the service. Thank you for your understanding.

Awakening to Hope, led by Rev. Jaye Brooks and Green Sanctuary Committee Climate change is real, and a real threat. But in small ways all over the planet, people are acting to resist and push back—to renew and restore the Earth. These acts of planetary creativity and vision are cause for awakening to hope. Rev. Jaye Brooks with Green Sanctuary Members Elaine Peters, AnneMarie Ansel, Ellen Councill, Jim Peters, and WinterFlower Regla Robinson.

Blooming and Belonging Easter Family Service  A time together full of music and the joy of being together to welcome Spring—the season of awakening and rebirth. An Order of Service is available HERE.

Awakening and Unfinished  As we continue to open our hearts to the unfolding mysteries of spring, we gathered to witness the moments of wonder present in our daily lives—lives still awaking, unfinished. Our special guest was Cassandra Montenegro, a candidate for UU ministry who studies at Harvard Divinity School. She brought a vibrant inner life to the messages she shared with UUCSR last summer. An Order of Service is available HERE.   Sunday, April 10, 2022

Friday, April 8, 2022 with spoken word woven with music from The Cosmic Orchestra. Special Guest James Maddock.

Awakenings is led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore. In his book, Awakenings, Dr. Oliver Sacks recounted the cases of his patients who had contracted sleeping sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. They were frozen in time until 1969 when Sacks gave them the medication L-DOPA and the patients “awakened.” The book, and the movie based on the book, explore questions of health, disease, suffering, care and human connection. What might our own awakenings be?

An Order of Service is available HERE.

“Adversity is not without comforts and hopes.” --Francis Bacon

Members of the Senior Seminar youth group reflected on the adversities they have faced during COVID, the comforts and lessons they have found, and their hopes for the future. This Youth-led Worship Service was held on March 27, 2022.

During the month of March 2022, when our learning and worship theme is "Renewing Faith," UUCSR's ministers have asked members, "What, for you, was a key moment of renewal or insight about your faith?" Over a life’s journey, our understanding of faith develops and changes. In today's Worship Service, Shelter Rock members with diverse life experiences share their understanding of the deeper, broader meaning of "faith." Members Sheri Lynn McKee, Fabrice Bukebuke, Klaus Masuch, and WinterFlower Regla Robinson participated.

An Order of Service is available HERE.

In Unitarian Universalism, the idea of "Renewing Faith" (this month's learning and worship theme) isn't so much about reviving faith of a particular style and description. Instead, it's more about understanding the roots that have supported faith thus far and spreading the wings that take us to a new place of understanding. In our faith tradition, each person is on their own personal search for truth and meaning—a lifelong process of learning and growth.

So each of us can ask, "What are my roots?" and "How can I spread my wings?" as we support one another in a journey of change and renewal—not circling back to the old meaning, but spiraling up to the new.

An Order of Service is available HERE.

Soulful Sundown on Friday, March 11, 2022, 8:00 PM: Where music resides at the heart of religious experience. Contemporary evening Service with spoken word by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore and music from The Cosmic Orchestra

Come explore stories of women’s wisdom, growth, and renewal as they age. We’ll share some of the life lessons of older women and reflect on the many gifts which they offer. Mask wearing is encouraged onsite. Masks are required when singing.

An Order of Service is available HERE.

In the Service on February 27, 2022, we reflected on the days we have been given, our complicated lives, our moment in history and the seeds of joy that abide here. The Service was an invitation to accept the gift of the day we have been given, with all the beauty and challenge that we find here, and to meet our days with gratitude, resourcefulness, generosity and love.

The Rev. Lauren Smith was appointed Director of Stewardship and Development at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in February 2019. She oversees the UUA’s fundraising efforts, including Annual Program Fund contributions from member congregations. Lauren’s ties to Unitarian Universalism stretch back five generations. Her great great grandfather William Hazel was born a free black person in North Carolina and became a member of the First Parish in Cambridge after his family fled north prior to the Civil War.

An Order of Service is available HERE.

That All May Worship   Who we welcome into our circle, how widely we cast that circle, can be explored from many angles. Who is held within the circle depends, in part, upon what we believe about ourselves, and who and what we value. We tend to welcome into our sphere folks who we believe are like us. Folks with whom we are comfortable. Won’t you join me and members of UUCSR for this morning’s reflection in song and spoken word. Led by Rev. Jennifer Brower on February 20, 2022. 

Today's Order of Service is available HERE.

Love Trying Its Best, led by Rev. Jaye Brooks   What does it take to love our way through fear? The poet Amanda Gorman, in her book, Call Us What We Carry, acknowledges both the burdens of this time in history and the miracle of human resilience. The struggle continues. How do we open our hearts and let love try its best? February 13, 2022

Soulful Sundown "Where music resides at the heart of religious experience." A contemporary evening Worship experience on Friday, February 11, 2022, led by Rev. Jennifer Brower with music from the Cosmic Orchestra.

Widening the Circle, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore. As a Unitarian Universalist community, we are called to be a community of care. The ministry of being more equitable, inclusive and diverse is justice work – and it is also a spiritual practice. We can explore how our Unitarian Universalist Principles support us in widening our circle of concern.

An Order of Service is available HERE.

If Only We Dare: Lifting Up the Power of Leaders   Greisa Martinez Rosas and Make the Road New York Co-Executive Director José Lopez, co-delivered a sermon entitled "If Only We Dare." They are both examples of the impact of multigenerational leadership development, as José also began his work in community organizing as a teenager and is now running one of the most powerful social justice organizations right here in New York, long-supported by the Veatch Program. The Veatch Board of Governors and staff  welcomed two incredible movement leaders to speak from the pulpit, share stories from their work, and show us how listening to young people is critical to our present and our future. Enjoy.

Today's Order of Service is available HERE.

Justice as a Spiritual Practice, led by Guest Speaker Janine Glesinger on January 23, 2022. As Unitarian Universalists, we see our justice work as living our values in to the world. We covenant that "service is our prayer." What might it look like to create a Spiritual Practice of justice work?

An Order of Service is available HERE.

 

The Arc of the Moral Universe, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore and UUCSR Young Adults  The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.(1929-1968) quoted the Unitarian minister, Theodore Parker (1810-1860) when we said “the Arc of the Universe is long but it bends toward justice.” Our UU communities have long embraced a commitment to taking this long journey towards building a more just, peaceful and loving world. Our young adults incorporate the quest for justice and inclusion into their spiritual lives – come hear their words on this connection.

Today's Order of Service is available HERE.

Soulful Sundown "Where music resides at the heart of religious experience." A contemporary evening Worship experience on Friday, January 14, 2022, led by Rev. Jennifer Brower.

Living with Intention: A Woman's Choice, This month's learning and worship theme, Living with Intention, invites us to consider exploration of reproductive justice and a woman's choice. To consider this potentially contentious topic, we invited everyone in with open hearts and minds, and held in love anyone who has ever made a difficult choice. Led by Rev. Jaye Brooks with members of the UUCSR Women's Group and Social Justice Committee: Maria Ceraulo, Katherine Miller, Susan Roberts, and Barry Nobel.

An Order of Service is available HERE.

Hinge of the New Year,  On the first Sunday morning of 2022, as we were poised on the Hinge of the Year, having left 2021 behind and just entering 2022, UUCSR members and our gifted professional soloists shared some of what they discerned in the strange days of the past year, and offered their hopes for the days ahead.

An Order of Service is available HERE.

Wisdom in Today's World, This sermon asks: What is wisdom? How does it differ from knowledge? Is the difference worth discerning? It will explore the landscape of the difference between knowledge and wisdom and how the difference plays out in our modern world. Led by Guest Minister Rev. Anthony Johnson.

Today's Order of Service is available HERE.

Celebrate the joy of Christmas Eve with an outdoor Carol Sing at UUCSR! The Ministry Team and Music Director Stephen Michael Smith invite you to share the joy of the season as we sing carols under the stars and enjoy a candlelight "Silent Night." In the Veatch House Courtyard.

How do we find joy in these difficult times? We lit candles of hope, and joy to push back against sadness and loneliness. We gathered together in community to gain strength from one another. We listened for the laughter of children. Led by the Shelter Rock Ministry Team on December 24, 2021.

Shelter Rock Winter Solstice Service, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore

Join in a retelling of the Christmas Story at this Family Holiday Service. Our First Graders present their Nativity Play.

An Order of Service is available HERE.

In this season of many holidays in world religious traditions, a recurring theme is peace—both inner peace and peace in the world. The human longing for peace may seem small and muted in a world filled with war-clamor and hostility. Yet peace is real, if often distant; each of us has the capacity to experience peace and birth it into the world.

An Order of Service is available HERE.

Soulful Sundown December 10, 2021 at 8 PM: A Season of Music, Magic, and Memories, led by Rev. Jennifer Brower

No matter what we might say about the winter holiday season, and we might have a lot to say... one of the great gifts of the holidays is the music. There is music galore! Tonight, members of the Cosmic Orchestra share with us the holiday music that has been most meaningful and moving for them. Join us. We'll miss you if you are not there.

Hanukkah, the Hebrew word for “dedication” is the Jewish Festival of Lights. In ancient times, the Maccabees sought to rededicate the Temple in Jerusalem. The miracle of Hanukkah is that only one vial of oil was found for the rededication, with just enough oil to illuminate the Temple for one day, and yet it lasted for 8 full days. The annual celebration of Hanukkah is a remembrance of this miracle. What miracles surround you? What lights do you find, or make in your lives?

An Order of Service is available HERE.

 

As we prepared for the holiday season, many of us still find ourselves seeking a renewed place of solace amidst the living histories of our lives. Some of us may even be feeling a bit untethered, disconnected from one another, from our families, and even from parts of ourselves. Cassandra Montenegro, second year Master of Divinity student at Harvard Divinity School, led this Service on Sunday, November 28, 2021 that explored how the poetry of the historical religious figure Saint Teresa of Avila, a mystic poet from a Converso Jewish family who worked through illness and reformed a Catholic order, continues to inspire the artists among and within us.

An Order of Service is available HERE

Thanksgiving features food, but it is not really just the food which nourishes us. On Thanksgiving, we gather for community, companionship, fellowship, friends, family, tradition, and love. And in this year of pandemic, we dearly wish that we could be physically together, but it would not be wise. Instead, we shared stories of meanings of bread.

An Order of Service is available HERE.

Unitarian Universalism, with its nearly 2,000-year history, is rooted in a few key ideas. Our forebears were united in rejection of any one way of thinking; they were united in agreement on love. From the second-century philosopher Origen, who said that "God loves everyone," to 16th-century Ferenc David, who said "We don't have to think alike to love alike," to 21st-century Thandeka, who urges, "Hear your commission to love, to create community, and to heal," our great-hearted teachers have led with love. This is the history we hold today.

Led by Rev. Jaye Brooks on Sunday, November 14, 2021. An Order of Service is available HERE.

Soulful Sundown on November 12, 2021, led by Rev. Jennifer Brower with music from The Cosmic Orchestra. "Where music lies at the heart of religious experience."

In 1993, the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly passed a resolution on Justice for Indigenous Peoples, resolving to address the problems and issues faced by Native Peoples, to support local indigenous peoples' political actions and to learn about the richness of their culture and spirituality. Long Island is the ancestral home of 13 Indigenous Peoples. The hamlet of Manhasset, where this congregation is located is named for the Manhassets. The Shinnecock Tribal Nation is a federally recognized tribe on the east end of Long Island. What do we know of the presence of Native Peoples on Long Island? And how might we be in relationship with the community that first knew this land as their home? Rev. Dr. Fenimore addressed these questions on November 7, 2021.

Today's Order of Service is available HERE. 

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