31 Aug September 2022
No Service Sunday, September 4th. Enjoy a Labor Day Weekend outing or picnic!
Sunday, September 11: UUs are Called to be Priests and Prophets
Rev. Bill Zelazny
Unitarian theologian James Luther Adams believed all Unitarians (Unitarian Universalist) were called to be “priests” – honor and celebrate the spirit for ourselves and others — and to be prophets – call forth and point the way for people to bring justice to all. Although we may have heard this before, let’s use this first service of the new church year to revisit summons of our faith.
Everyone is invited to bring a token from their home – a flower, a leaf, a pebble, a house picture or other small item — to place on our celebration table to represent the bringing together or our secular and our religious worlds.
Picnic time! After the service we will have our traditional annual “start-of-the-year” picnic in Touro Park (the Parish Hall if it is raining). Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share, or if you prefer, bring a personal box lunch.
On this opening Sunday we celebrate being back together with music by special musical group Home Brew. Music will start at 9:30 with a pre-service concert. Bring a friend to enjoy the music and engage in our service.
Sunday, September 18: Everyday “Holy” Spaces
Rev. Bill Zelazny
A quiet spot in the park, our house, the family summer cabin, our flower garden, the church sanctuary are places that have become sacred or “holy” to us. These special places shape and our spirit and affect our soul. This Sunday, Rev. Bill will explore the spirituality of space.
This sermon is a lead into a Learning Center program about special spaces in and around Newport and Channing Church. See the article on Page 6 for more information. Invite a friend to the service and the TLC program to learn about the power of space.
Enrollment for the 2022-23 children faith development program will take place after church in the Parish Hall
Sunday, September 25: Our Life Should Preach More Loudly than Our Lips Rev. Bill Zelazny
The title is a quote from William Ellery Channing. This sermon is a reflective pause for us to consider what this means, and what it takes for a person’s life to bring a positive message to the world.