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.

Summer services are lay-led  - click here for the last summer's schedule.

Click for link to Sermon Archives.

Worship Services - Fall 2017 through Spring 2018

September Theme - Beauty

September 3, 2017
"Summer Service Potpourri"
Joan Webster, Facilitator

September 10, 2017
"Longing for the Ineffable"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
In-gathering Water Ceremony
50/50 Collection - Interfaith Hospitality Network of Central MA

September 17, 2017
"Anger is as Anger Does"
Rev. Emeritus David Miller, Preaching

September 24, 2017
"A Shema for the Soul"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
HOMECOMING SUNDAY
Teacher Dedication Ceremony / Blessing of the Backpacks
Religious Exploration Classes Begin / Jewish High Holidays

October Theme - Hospitality

October 1, 2017
"Revolutionary Hospitality"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
[6 PM Soulful Sundown Service - Blessing of the Animals]

October 8, 2017
"A Legacy of Discovery"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Indigenous People's Day / Sukkot

October 15 2017
"The Strength in Vulnerability"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
50/50 Daybreak of Central MA
CROP Walk Sunday

October 22, 2017
"The Perpetual Nature of Reformation"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

October 29, 2017
"TBA"
Worship Arts Sunday


November Theme - Faith

November 5, 2017
"An Ageless Promise"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Election Sunday
[6 pm Soulful Sundown Service - Faith]

November 12, 2017
"Of Service, Sacrifice and Monumental Meaning"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Veteran's Day Weekend
50/50 Collection - Center for Non-Violent Solutions

November 19, 2017
"In Praise of Precious Days"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Thanksgiving Sunday
[TBA - Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service]

November 26, 2017
"TBA"
Worship Arts Sunday

December Theme - Hope

December 3, 2017
"What Wondrous Love is This?"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Child Dedication Ceremony
[6 pm - Soulful Sundown Service - Hope]

December 10, 2017
"On Prophetic Resistance"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Human Rights Day Observance

December 17, 2017
"Visit from Mother Winter"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Annual Winter Solstice Service (Inter-generational)

[4 pm - Annual Holiday Vespers Service]
"The Journey of
Hope"
Inter-generational Service / Annual Vespers Tea

December 24, 2017
"When Santa Was a Shaman"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Inter-generational Service

[7 pm - December 24, 2017 - Annual Christmas Eve Service]
"O, Come, O, Come Emmanuel"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Inter-generational Service

December 31, 2017
"To Be Free or Free From"
Guest Minister Rev. Jennifer Innis, Preaching
Worship Arts Sunday

January Theme - Justice

January 7, 2018
"What's Your Question?"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
6 pm Soulful Sundown Vespers Service - on Justice

January 14, 2018
"Wading Through the Rising Tide"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance50/50 Collection - Jericho Road Worcester

January 21, 2018
"Braving the Future"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

January 28, 2018
"The Trouble with Tolerance"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

February Theme - Love

February 4, 2018
"On Selflessness"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
6 pm Annual Superbowl Party 

February 11, 2018
"Running Through the Garden Gate"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
50/50 Collection 

February 18, 2018
"Wonder As You Wander"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching 

February 25, 2018
"TBA"
Music Director Matthew Johnsen
Annual Music Sunday

March Theme - Humility 

March 4, 2018
"TBA"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Annual Stewardship Sunday
6 pm Soulful Sundown Vespers Service - On Humility 

March 11, 2018
"On Selflessness"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
50/50 Collection 

March 18, 2018
"TBA"
UUCW Youth Group
Annual Youth Group Sunday 

March 25, 2018
"On Forsaking the Oil of Gladness"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Palm Sunday Observance 

Thursday March 29, 2018 - 7 pm
"Maundy Thursday"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

Friday March 30, 2018
"Ecumenical Tenebrae Service"

Details and Location to be Announced

April Theme - Transformation 

Easter Sunday - April 1, 2018
(7 am Easter Sunrise Service - Shore Park)
10 am - "The Enduring Nature of Steadfast Love"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Annual Egg Hunt 

April 8, 2018
"TBA"
Annual Wolfson Lecture Sunday 

April 15, 2018
"To Cross the Desert With a Sigh"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
50/50 Collection 

April 22, 2018
"Outwitted Again and Again"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching 

April 29, 2018
"TBA"
Worship Arts Sunday

May Theme - Beloved Community 

May 6, 2018
"To Be Joy-filled"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
6 pm Soulful Sundown Vespers Service - On Beloved Community 

May 13, 2018
"The Nature of Nurture"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Mother’s Day Observance 

May 20, 2018
"Breaking Fast"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching 

May 27, 2018
"TBA"
Worship Arts Sunday
Memorial Day Observance

June Theme - Wisdom 

June 3, 2018
"For All The Saints"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Legacy Sunday
UUCW Annual Meeting following the Service
6 pm Soulful Sundown Vespers Service - on Wisdom

June 10, 2018
"RE Sunday"
Religious Exploration & Education Program
Annual Church Picnic following the Service 

June 17, 2018
"How To Be a Heretic"
Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
Father’s Day Observance

June 24 - September 2, 2017
2018 Summer Services Program

For Past Sermons see the Sermon Archives.