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 Summer 2017 schedule.

Click for link to Sermon Archives.


Worship Services - Fall 2016 through Spring 2017

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

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

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

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]

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

October 16 2016
"Coming Together: Community Organizing for the 21st Century"
Frank Kartheiser, Guest Speaker

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

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

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]

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

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

November 27
"The Elephant In the Room"
Rev. Thomas Schade, Guest Minister
Advent Begins


December Theme - Healing

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

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

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)]

[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
Ecumenical Christmas Day Service @ First Baptist Church, Worcester, MA

January Theme - Courage

January 1, 2017
"To Serve and Protect"
Rev. Jennifer Innis

January 8, 2017
"So......What's Your Question?"
Rev. Aaron Payson

January 15, 2017
"Overture for the Creatively Maladjusted"
Rev. Aaron Payson

January 22, 2017
"For Freedom's Sake and Justice's Wake"
Rev. Aaron Payson

January 29, 2017
"Of Order's Resistance and Courage"
Rev. Aaron Payson

February Theme - Respect

February 5, 2017
"On El Deafo"
Religious Exploration Program & Rev. Aaron Payson
Annual All Church Read Sunday
[6 pm - Annual Superbowl Party]

February 12, 2017
"What's Love Got to Do With It?"
Rev. Aaron Payson
Valentine's Day Sunday

February 19, 2017
"Waste Not, Want Not"
Rev. Aaron Payson
50/50 Collection - Girl's Chorus

Feb 26, 2017
"A Wintry Mass"
Matthew Johnsen, Music Director & UUCW Choir
Annual Music Sunday

March Theme - Balance

March 5, 2017
"Climbing the Stairway of Seven"
Rev. Aaron Payson & 2017 Stewardship Team
Annual Stewardship Sunday
[6 pm - Soulful Sundown Vespers - Balance]

March 12, 2017
"To Be Salt of the Earth"
Rev. Aaron Payson
50/50 Collection - Refugee Ministry Team / Ascentria Care Alliance

March 19, 2017
Annual Youth Group Service

March 26, 2017
"Of Sugar and Spice & Everything Nice"
Rev. Aaron Payson

April Theme - Consolation/Desolation

April 2, 2017
Annual Wolfson Lecture
[6 pm - Soulful Sundown Vespers - Consolation/Desolation]

April 9, 2017
"In the Presence of Power"
Rev. Aaron Payson
Palm Sunday Service
[Thurs., Apr. 13 - 7 pm - Maundy Thursday Universal Communion Service]
[Fri., April 14 - 7 pm - Good Friday Service]

April 16, 2017
"After life - love"
Rev. Aaron Payson
Easter Sunday Service
[April 16, 7 am - Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service - Shore Park]

Apri 23, 2017
"On Eternal Vigilance"
Rev. Aaron Payson
Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Sunday

April 30, 2017
Annual Beltane Celebration
Rev. Cheryl Leshay & Betty Jenewin
Worship Arts Sunday

May Theme - Acceptance

May 7, 2017
"From Conquest to Freedom"
Rev. Aaron Payson
[6 pm - Soulful Sundown Vespers - Acceptance]

May 14, 2017
Coming of Age Service
COA Class of 2017
Mother's Day Celebration

May  21, 2017
Association Sunday
Rev. Sarah Stewart, Guest Minister

May 28, 2017
"On Growing Up Muslim"
Asima Silva, Guest Speaker
Memorial Day Weekend / Worship Arts Sunday

June Theme - Prophetic Imperative

June 4, 2017
"From Fear to Compassion"
Rev. Aaron Payson
Legacy Sunday / Annual Meeting

June 11, 2017
Religious Exploration Sunday
Religious Exploration Program
Annual All Church Picnic

June 18, 2017
"Where Have All The Good Men Gone?"
Rev. Aaron Payson
Father's Day Celebration

June 25 - September 3, 2017
2017 Summer Services Program


For Past Sermons see the Sermon Archives.