Sermons

Please enjoy reading through our Worship Services from prior weeks. All readings are included.

(note that all sermons are copyrighted, and we strive to ensure that all readings, photos, and quotes appropriately reference intellectual ownership)

  • Sunday June 10, 2018: Flower Communion Sunday & Bridging Ceremony

    Sunday June 10, 2018: Flower Communion Sunday & Bridging Ceremony

    —When we have acknowledged and honored what has been, our letting go becomes a celebration of all that has launched us. There is no need to diminish what we are leaving in order to justify the claiming of something new. We can take with us the momentum that is catapulting us into tomorrow.
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  • Sunday June 3: Reflections for Religious Education Sunday

    Sunday June 3: Reflections for Religious Education Sunday

    —Our young people live in a culture that is stratified and divided by age, by gender, by color, by social location. And for one hour each week, on Sunday mornings, they sit in a circle and practice being the change they and we seek. I think it is extraordinary.
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  • Sunday, May 27, 2018: The Folly of Binary Thinking

    Sunday, May 27, 2018: The Folly of Binary Thinking

    —If you were going to affirm the priesthood of all believers, which we in the free church tradition do, then you must accept that there is going to be difference of honestly arrived at beliefs and opinions.
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  • Sunday, April 29: Becoming and Unbecoming Men

    Sunday, April 29: Becoming and Unbecoming Men

    —How does society define a man and how can we raise our children to be aware of the pitfalls of male power, privilege and their abuse and successfully navigate to a masculinity that is healthy and inclusive?
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  • Sunday, April 22, 2018: Earth Day; Seeds Of Change

    Sunday, April 22, 2018: Earth Day; Seeds Of Change

    —[We] are seduced by the idea that there is an easy way when it comes to confronting climate disruption. It’s easy to believe "... If only we could ..." then, the problem would be solved. But it’s not that easy. There must be a fundamental shift in understanding our relationship with the world.
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  • Sunday, April 15, 2018: Fresh Courage

    Sunday, April 15, 2018: Fresh Courage

    —Can we love so bravely that we stand up and speak when we need to and sit down and listen when it is necessary? Real love is hard. It takes fresh courage. Every day. May we be so brave. May we love so truly, and find fresh courage.
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  • Sunday, April 8, 2018: They Know They Are Goats

    Sunday, April 8, 2018: They Know They Are Goats

    —What is the damage inflicted when we refuse to allow a person their own identity? What is the real cost in relationship when we do not let ourselves or others to be known? How lonely a world are we willing to inhabit?
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  • Sunday, April 1, 2018: Easter Reflection

    Sunday, April 1, 2018: Easter Reflection

    —Each day ... that we wish we were a little kinder. It could happen. ... Each day that we wish were a little more patient, it could happen. ... Each day that we wish our hearts were more open, and our souls more expansive, it could happen.
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  • Sunday, March 25, 2018: A Theological Wobble

    Sunday, March 25, 2018: A Theological Wobble

    —Money talks. It always has. That’s why the prophets railed against its inequitable distribution. That’s why Jesus warned that it is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter heaven. Money talks.
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  • Sunday, March 18, 2018: A Way of Holding Hands

    Sunday, March 18, 2018: A Way of Holding Hands

    —That’s what church is here for. Holding hands, .... holding out what we have - to give and to receive, that we all might find some place of balance and safety that feels good and true and right, that allows us to breathe, breathe deeply and flourish.
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  • Sunday, March 4, 2018: What’s Class Got To Do With It?

    Sunday, March 4, 2018: What’s Class Got To Do With It?

    —When asked to choose how wealth should be distributed, 92% want to see a more equitable distribution of wealth. ... This is where our work as a faith community needs to begin. Advocating for more just economic policies is important, but so is looking at our own attitudes ...
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  • Sunday, February 25, 2018: A Prayer Worth Praying

    Sunday, February 25, 2018: A Prayer Worth Praying

    —We are dealing here with the intersectionality of all the ways in which there are people in this country who are valued, nurtured and cared for, and people who are not, who are marginalized, expendable, and sacrificed on the altar of the almighty dollar.
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  • Sunday, February 18, 2018: One of the Greatest Freedoms, & Ritual

    Sunday, February 18, 2018: One of the Greatest Freedoms, & Ritual

    —Kirk Jones says “One of the greatest freedoms of all is being liberated from the need to have persons see things your way.” Once we are so liberated, we might be able to stay at the table when people [say] life in our country is different from what we thought it was.
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  • Sunday, February 11, 2018: Sing The Whole Song

    Sunday, February 11, 2018: Sing The Whole Song

    —No one should be unable to bring ... Jesus with them to the UU table. I have never had someone tell me they ... could not bring ... Buddha with them. ... until we break through [this], we will continue to be a flower ... severed from its roots.
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  • Sunday, February 4, 2018: Black Lives UU (BLUU)

    Sunday, February 4, 2018: Black Lives UU (BLUU)

    —There is a direct link between the 7 UU Principles and the Movement for Black Lives. Our Unitarian Universalist faith is what CALLS US to say that Black Lives Matter. Today we will learn the 7 Principles of Black Lives UU.
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  • Sunday, January 28, 2018: The Welcome Table

    Sunday, January 28, 2018: The Welcome Table

    —Worship this morning calls to those of us who identify as white to listen, humbly and with some discomfort, to the lived reality of black UU's. Listening as a gesture of respect for those voices that have not been heard enough .. as a sign that we are open to growing in the right direction.
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  • Sunday, January 21: The Spirit Says ‘Do’

    Sunday, January 21: The Spirit Says ‘Do’

    —[H]ow much more resilience and fortitude we have, when we understand ourselves as part of a stream of history and not as though our lives are given meaning only by that for which we can personally take credit. We have so much to learn. So much to do. And the Spirit ... says do.
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  • Sunday, January 14, 2018: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday

    Sunday, January 14, 2018: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday

    —The Rev. Dr. King was building bridges across the divides that had been erected to keep people with common interests from working together for their common good. Bridges that could be dangerous to those who held the power. He understood the bigger picture and the questions it asks of us.
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  • Sunday, January 7, 2018: What Would It Mean

    Sunday, January 7, 2018: What Would It Mean

    —What kind of value system would support an intention of creating equity? ... our seven principles would give us the foundation, ... passed down from so many years ago. "...let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." (Amos 5:24)
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  • Sunday, December 24, 2017: Christmas Eve

    Sunday, December 24, 2017: Christmas Eve

    —[The Christmas story is] a story of vulnerability and of exposure ... a story of common people... moved to compassionate acts by the needs before them, and blessed with the willingness to engage.
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  • Sunday, December 24, 2017: Morning Solstice

    Sunday, December 24, 2017: Morning Solstice

    —Welcome to this day The shortest day in the year. On this day, the shortest in the year, it is good to be together. Welcome, welcome to this precious day.
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  • Sunday, December 17, 2017: Music Sunday, Revisiting The Christmas Story

    Sunday, December 17, 2017: Music Sunday, Revisiting The Christmas Story

    —Come into this place, To renew your strength, To find your own thoughts, To hear your own voice, To join with others in the affirmation That life is good, That love is possible, And that together we are emboldened to bless and heal our precious world.
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  • Sunday, December 10, 2017: The Loser’s Joy

    Sunday, December 10, 2017: The Loser’s Joy

    —In order for Peace on Earth to really come, our world, our social order, our economies and our own social location, would be thrown up into the air like match sticks, revealed for their illusory nature, and brushed away so a new world order, of justice, equity and compassion could be constructed in its place.
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  • Sunday, December 3, 2017: When It Is My Turn To Be Old

    Sunday, December 3, 2017: When It Is My Turn To Be Old

    —When I was a child, all I wanted to be was a grownup. After the ... years of waiting to be [an adult with gravitas], all of a sudden it was not good to be an adult with gravitas. [We need to work] together, rather than creating ... competitive age cohort groups.
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  • Sunday, November 26, 2017: Aging

    Sunday, November 26, 2017: Aging

    —Melrose UU Church members reflect on the sweetness, acceptance, memories, freedom, and the wisdom that comes with aging. We all have an age, and today, we set the record for the oldest we have ever been. And again, tomorrow, we will set yet another record.
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  • Sunday, November 19, 2017: Do The Best You Can

    Sunday, November 19, 2017: Do The Best You Can

    —With denial we can never walk ourselves back into optimism because there is no opportunity for correction, for the belief that while mistakes are inevitable, correction is possible... remorse [and regret don't] feel good, but ... [they are] an improvement over denial. [These are], in fact, the truest, most faithful [routes] to optimism.
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  • Sunday, November 5, 2017: All Soul’s Service

    Sunday, November 5, 2017: All Soul’s Service

    —And even when [we or our loved ones] can no longer do any of the activities of daily living by themselves without assistance, we can be assured that they are still infused with inherent worth and dignity ... they are beloved by God, ... holding us without qualification, precious, necessary and beloved.
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  • Sunday, October 22, 2017: Answering the Call of Love

    Sunday, October 22, 2017: Answering the Call of Love

    —It isn’t going to be easy…having church move out of our comfort zone. Or being expected to extend ourselves out beyond what we know, and love, and even like. But the price of not doing it is high, and the rewards, the rewards are beyond measure. We can become the people we mean to be.
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  • Sunday, October 15, 2017: The Ducks

    Sunday, October 15, 2017: The Ducks

    —Think of a duck.What [is] it like? Did you touch it? Stroke its feathers? Hear it? [We are all thinking of ducks, yet] we all did it differently ... each one of us alone in our experience ... So many ways to be human ... we are not alike. And ... that can be okay...
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  • Sunday, October 8, 2017: Gloria’s Tale, Our Tale

    Sunday, October 8, 2017: Gloria’s Tale, Our Tale

    —Once I learned from [Gloria's] parents how barriers could be lifted if inclusion was the goal, my grasp of what was possible expanded .... And now, after these many years, I understand that often when we say “we can’t” what we really mean is, “We don’t know how.” And that difference is important.
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  • Sunday, October 1, 2017: Humbled and Stronger Together

    Sunday, October 1, 2017: Humbled and Stronger Together

    —I want to be part of a community, a people, who are honorable, compassionate, caring and trustworthy. And if I want that, I need to be that myself, at least as best as I can... we are invited to be our fully human, fully gifted, and always imperfect selves. Humbled and stronger together.
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  • Sunday, September 17, 2017: Path to Understanding

    Sunday, September 17, 2017: Path to Understanding

    —Love is the doctrine of this church.... What does that mean... A doctrine is a basic principle...the foundation for all the rest of who we are and what we do. It is the bedrock .... the bedrock, does not change.
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