Sunday Morning Worship

minister Aaron Payson and ministerial intern Beau Rivers

The Rev. Aaron Payson and Ministerial Intern Beau Rivers

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 Education (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 – Winter/Spring 2016

January Theme – Non-Violence

January 10, 2016
“Question, Question, Who’s Got a Question?”
Rev. Aaron Payson & Beau Rivers Preaching
Multi-generational Service

January 17, 2016
“Reasons to Run Red Lights”
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend Observance

ministerial intern accepts baskets from children during the children's collection

Ministerial Intern Beau Rivers accepts donation baskets after the Children's Collection on Sunday, January 17, 2016.

The weekly Children’s “Change for Change” Collection is an ongoing ministry of our Religious Education Program that provides resources for our Emergency Fund.  The Emergeny Fund is used to help members and friends of the congregation and community at large who face a variety of challenges.  Money collected has been used for a variety of purposes including providing rental and utility assistance, clothing, emergency shelter and transportation needs, medicine and other medical resources.

January 24, 2016
“In Praise of Salt”
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

January 31, 2016
“Of Wind and Sun”
Beau Rivers, Ministerial Intern, Preaching

choir and musicians perform during service

Sabbatical Music Director Jerry Bellows, right, leads the choir in performing Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind on Sunday, January 31, 2016.

February Theme – Communion

February 7, 2016
“The One and Only Ivan”
Rev. Aaron Payson & RE Committee
Multi-Generational Service – Annual One Church – One Read Service

choir members sing

Members of the choir sing "Spirit Says Do," the choral postlude at the conclusion of the February 7, 2016 service.

February 14, 2016
“What’s Love Got to Do With It?”
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Celebrating Valentine’s Day
50/50 Collection

minister preaches

The Rev. Aaron Payson delivers the sermon "What's Love Got To Do With It?" during the February 14, 2016 service.

February 21, 2016
“How to be a Holy Host”
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

February 28, 2016
“Stand Your Holy Ground”
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

people sing a hymn

People sing the refrain to "Ella's Song" - "we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes" - during the February 28, 2016 service.

March Theme – Renewal

March 6, 2016
“We’re Building a New Way!”
Rev. Aaron Payson & 2016 Stewardship Team
Stewardship Sunday
[Soulful Sundown Service @ 6:00 PM]

people hold vegetable posters

People hold posters of vegetables during the March 6, 2016 service, representing the two industrial refrigerators our church has just purchased through a $3,000 grant from the Worcester Rotary Club. This will increase our ability to distribute fresh, nutritious refrigerated foods at our monthly Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.

March 13
“Essential Elements: Oxygen, Gunpowder, Free Inquiry…and You”
Rev. Kevin Tarsa, Guest Minister, Preaching

guest minister preaches

Guest minister, the Rev. Kevin Tarsa, delivers the sermon "Essential Elements: Oxygen, Gunpowder, Free Inquiry...and You" during the March 6, 2016 service.

March 20, 2016
Annual Youth Group Service
UUCW Youth Group

Palm Sunday
50/50 Collection

Youth Group, Youth Group Service, Robin Mitzcavitch

Youth and adult mentors stand in front of the congregation at the conclusion of the annual Youth Group Service on March 20, 2016.

March 27, 2016
“Joy Shall Come in the Morning”
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Easter Sunday Celebration

children grouped around ministers for the Children's Story

Children gather 'round for the Children's Story, "Granddad's Prayers of the Earth," during the March 27, 2016 service.


April Theme – Mindfulness

April 3, 2016
Annual Wolfson Lecture Sunday
Guest Speaker, Dr.Herb Silverman
Humanist Sunday
[Soulful Sundown Vespers – 6:00 PM]

guest speaker shows his t-shirt to audience

Dr. Herb Silverman steps out from behind the pulpit while delivering the 2016 Dr. Irving and Annabel Wolfson Memorial Lecture, "Positive Atheism," during the service on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Silverman wanted to show his t-shirt, which says "Smile. There is no hell."

April 10, 2016
“Minding Our Manners”
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Celebrating Ramayanavani
All Church Picture Sunday
50/50 Collection

April 17, 2016
“To Bee or Not To Bee”
Beau Rivers, Ministerial Intern, Preaching

woman lights chalice

Sue Neaz lights the chalice to the words of Bettye Doty at the beginning of the service on April 17, 2016.

April 24, 2016
“A Meditation on Mindfulness”

Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Worship Arts Sunday
Multi-generational Service

teacher conducts childrens class

Religious Exploration Director Robin Mitzcavitch conducts a class on Meditation.

May Theme – Theological Reflection

May 1, 2016
 Beltane Celebration
Beau Rivers, Betty Jenewin & Pamela Tiger
Beltane

people dance the Maypole

People dance the Maypole at the conclusion of the service on May 1, 2016.


[Soulful Sunday Vepsers @ 6:00 PM]

May 8, 2016
“Of Mothers, Maidens & Fairy-tale Monsters”
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Multi-Generational Service
Mother’s Day Celebration
Flower Communion Sunday
50/50 Collection

Children distribute flowers during the Annual Flower Communion during the service on May 8, 2016. The significance of the flower communion is that as no two flowers are alike, so no two people are alike, yet each has a contribution to make. Together the different flowers form a beautiful bouquet. Our common bouquet would not be the same without the unique addition of each individual flower, and thus it is with our church community, it would not be the same without each and every one of us. Thus this service is a statement of our community. By exchanging flowers, we show our willingness to walk together in our Search for truth, disregarding all that might divide us. Each person takes home a flower brought by someone else - thus symbolizing our shared celebration in community. This communion of sharing is essential to a free people of a free religion."

Children distribute flowers during the Annual Flower Communion during the service on May 8, 2016. The significance of the flower communion is that as no two flowers are alike, so no two people are alike, yet each has a contribution to make. Together the different flowers form a beautiful bouquet. Our common bouquet would not be the same without the unique addition of each individual flower, and thus it is with our church community, it would not be the same without each and every one of us.

 May 15, 2016
“From the Upper Rung To The Upper Room”
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Pentecost

people sign the membership book

New members sign the book and are congratulated during the New Member ceremony on May 15, 2016. The Rev. Aaron Payson affirmed "Here you will be embraced as a member of a common family of seekers, all those past and present who have dedicated themselves to the tasks of nurture, compassion, and action: sympathetic to a common vision that no one person is an island unto themselves, but that we are all members of a larger family of life."

May 22, 2016
“From Tranquil Streams to Roaring Rapids”
Rev. Aaron R. Payson
Association Sunday Special Collection

Music Director Matt Johnsen holds up one of the two journals he kept while on his recent 4-month sabattical, as delivers his "Reflections on a Journey" during the May 22, 2016 service. Johnsen, who traveled 31,715 miles and visited 21 countries, talked about the common roots that we all share in relating to one another, despite our different religions.

Music Director Matt Johnsen holds up one of the two journals he kept while on his recent 4-month sabbatical, as he delivers his "Reflections on a Journey" during the May 22, 2016 service. Johnsen, who traveled 31,715 miles and visited 21 countries, talked about the common roots that we all share in relating to one another, despite our different religions.

May 29, 2016
Hallowed Be Your Name
Beau Rivers, Ministerial Intern, Preaching
Honoring Memorial Day

a man with a disability speaks about his experience

Joe Bellil was one of three people with a disability who spoke during the annual Accessibility service on May 29, 2016.

 

June Theme – Power

June 5, 2016
“To Make Our Own Days Glad”
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Founders Day Sunday
Annual Meeting Sunday
[Soulful Sundown Vespers @ 6:00 PM]

children stand with the Rev. Aaron Payson

Children in the Religious Exploration program stand with the Rev. Aaron Payson during the service on June 5 2016, after presenting him with a poster celebrating his 25 years in the ministry.

June 12, 2016
Annual Religious Education Sunday Service
Religious Education Committee
Multi-Generational Service
Annual Picnic Sunday

Ministerial Intern Beau Rivers reacts after being honored during the service

Ministerial Intern Beau Rivers reacts after being presented with gifts from the congregation - a white ministerial robe and a handmade stole - when being honored during the service on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Rivers has completed a two-year internship with the church.

graduates of the Religious Exploration program stand before the congregation to be honored


Religious Exploration Director Robin Mitzcavitch applauds graduates of the RE program during a ceremony honoring them at the June 12, 2016 service.

June 19, 2016
“Is There an End to Men?
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Multi-Generational Service
50/50 Collection

Rev. Aaron Payson delivers his sermon wearing a T-shirt which says "Super Dad."

The Rev. Aaron Payson delivers his sermon wearing a T-shirt which says "Super Dad" during the service on Father's Day, June 19, 2016. Payson's sermon was entitled "Is There An End To Men?" and was formatted as a letter to his daughter Morgaine, who recently graduated from high school.

June 19, 2016 – September 4, 2016
Summer Sunday Services