Sunday Morning Worship

We hold Sunday morning worship services at 10:00 a.m., September through June. Lay-led services are held in July and August. Children's Religious Exploration (RE) classes and nursery care (for little ones under age 4) are provided during the service beginning at the end of September through the second week of June.

Special evening worship services are also held throughout the year including our Annual Holiday Vespers Service, Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, and our Annual Maundy Thursday Communion Service.

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Worship Services - Fall 2016

September Theme - Inherent Worth & Dignity

September 4, 2016
"Summer Service Potpourri"
Joan Webster, Facilitator

September 11, 2016
"Until Every Casual Corner Blooms Into a Shrine"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
In-gathering Water Ceremony / Child Dedication Ceremony / 911 Anniversary Remembrance

The Rev. Aaron Payson leads the child dedication ceremony for the daughter of Rachel and Raendi Wagner on Sunday, September 11, 2016.

The Rev. Aaron Payson leads the child dedication ceremony for the daughter of Rachel and Raendi Wagner on Sunday, September 11, 2016.

September 18, 2016
"Forging the Way of Peace"
Jim Scott, Guest Musician & Speaker

Guest Speaker and Musician Jim Scott performs "Common Ground," for the Introit during the September 18, 2016 service. The theme of the service was "Forging the Way of Peace."

Guest Speaker and Musician Jim Scott performs "Common Ground," for the Introit during the September 18, 2016 service.

September 25, 2016
"Finding Courage Midst the Chaos"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Teacher Dedication Ceremony / Blessing of the Backpacks / Religious Exploration Classes Begin

Mentors and mentees walk into the service together

Coming of Age mentors and youth walk into the service together on Sunday, September 25, 2016. COA is a year-long program marking the transition from childhood to young adult. It includes discussions and retreats that emphasize self-awareness and confidence building and service to the church and community.

October Theme - Emotional Intelligence

October 2, 2016
"To Be Thick as a Brick"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Jewish High Holidays
[6 PM Soulful Sundown Service - Blessing of the Animals]

Flutist and choir perform

Flutist Mara Pentlarge and the choir perform Jethro Tull's 'Thick As A Brick' during the service on Sunday, October 2, 2016.

October 9, 2016
"Lingering in the Shadow of Deeds"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Indigenous People's Day / Jewish High Holidays

children accept donations during the Children's Collection

Marina and Livi participate in the Children's Collection during the October 9, 2016 service. The “change for change” children’s collection is their weekly contribution to the Emergency Fund of this congregation.


October 16 2016

"Coming Together: Community Organizing for the 21st Century"

Frank Kartheiser, Guest Speaker

Guest speaker Frank Kartheiser

Guest Speaker Frank Kartheiser delivers the Reflection "Coming Together: Community Organizing for the 21st century" during the October 16, 2016 service.

October 23, 2016
"From Destination to Journey"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
CROP Walk Sunday

People sing 'My Life Flows On," the closing hymn of the Sunday, October 23, 2016 service.

October 30, 2016
"On Hallowed Being"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Samhain Celebration

man and boy dressed in Halloween costumes

Matt Bejune and his son George make an announcement for the upcoming November 4th “Game Night” during the service on October 30, 2016. The pair were dressed in their Halloween finery. (photo by Bart Hill)

November Theme - Care for the Soul

November 6, 2016
"Rage, Righteousness, Reason and Resolve"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Election Sunday
[6 pm Soulful Sundown Service - Care for the Soul]

Music Director plays the piano

Music Director Matt Johnsen leads the congregation in the closing hymn "We Are Building A New Way" during the November 6, 2016 service.

November 13, 2016
"Running Toward Danger"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Veteran's Day Weekend

Thanksgiving Food

At the conclusion of the service on Sunday, November 13, 2016, children in the Religious Exploration Program announce that the Thanksgiving Food Drive yielded 68 bags of food to be distributed through the church's Food Pantry.

November 20, 2016
"Grace Beyond Words"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Thanksgiving Sunday

teacher helps students

Teacher Beckley Schowalter helps George, left, and Vernon, members of the 'Connections' class, trace their hand during Religious Exploration Class on Sunday, November 20, 2016. The class was discussing the connections and ways that we are bound together through love and caring, and the ways we give ourselves to others.

November 27

"The Elephant In the Room"
Rev. Thomas Schade, Guest Minister
Advent Begins

Rev. Thomas Schade preaches

The Rev. Thomas Schade delivers the reflection "The Elephant in the Room" during the service on Sunday, November 27, 2016.

December Theme - Healing

December 4, 2016
"Digging Up the Foundation of Faith"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
[6 pm - Soulful Sundown Service - Healing]

choir sings and dances

The choir performs Zulu dance steps while singing Joseph Shabalala's "Thule Klizeo" during the December 4, 2016 service.

December 11, 2016
"On Patience"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Officiate

children leave service to go to Religious Exploration classes

Children leave the service on Sunday, December 11, 2016 to attend Religious Exploration classes. As is tradition, the congregation sings them out with the Sending Song "Go now in peace, go now in peace, may the Spirit of love surround you, everywhere, everywhere, you may go."

December 18, 2016
"The Tale of Illiana"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Annual Winter Solstice Service (Inter-generational)
[4 pm - Annual Holiday Vespers Service & Vespers Tea (Inter-generational)]

people hold candles during Vespers service

People participate in the Candlelighting Ceremony during the Vespers Service on Sunday, December 18, 2016.

[7 pm - December 24, 2016 - Annual Christmas Eve Service]
"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Inter-generational Service

December 25, 2016
"The Presents of Presence"
Rev. Aaron Payson
Informal Christmas Day Service (Inter-generational)

January 1, 2017

"To Serve and Protect"

Rev. Jennifer Innis

Minister reads children's story

The Rev. Jennifer Innis reads "Safety Pins," the Story for Children of all Ages, during the service on Sunday, January 1, 2017. This is the church Rev. Innis grew up in; she returns annually to conduct the service held after Christmas. Her current ministry is with First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist church in Fort Worth, Texas.


January 8, 2017

"So......What's Your Question?"

Rev. Aaron Payson

woman answers question during the Reflection

Linda Morse answers the question "What are the causes of human happiness and human suffering?" during the service on Sunday, January 8, 2017. This was the annual service where the Reflection consisted of the Rev. Aaron Payson answering questions written on index cards by the people present. Payson called it "preaching without a net." In turn, Payson gave five questions to people in attendance which they had to answer. Morse is shown answering one of the questions.

January 5, 2017

"Overture for the Creatively Maladjusted"

Rev. Aaron Payson

people sing

Guest musician Joe Jencks joins the church choir to sing "I'm Gonna Walk With You" during the service on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Beth Heller is at right.


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