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. (Check the website for RE updates throughout the year.)

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

    Summer services are lay-led.

    Click for link to Sermon Archives.

    Worship Services

    Annual Theme - "Let Your Life Speak"
    September 2018 to May 2019

    September Theme - Vocation

    September 9, 2018
    "Will You Seek In Far Off Places?"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    In-gathering Water Ceremony

    September 16, 2018
    "If Not This, What?"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

    September 23, 2018
    "If Not Us, Who?"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    HOMECOMING SUNDAY
    Teacher Dedication Ceremony / Blessing of the Backpacks
    Religious Exploration Classes Begin

    September 30, 2018
    "If Not Now, When?"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    RALLY SUNDAY
    50/50 Collection - ACE

     

    October Theme - Formation

    October 7, 2018
    "The Truth About Discovery"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    Indigenous People's Day
    RE - One Room Schoolhouse

    October 14, 2018
    "When Life Imitates Art"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    50/50 Collection - Daybreak of Central MA

    October 21, 2018
    "Like Impassioned Clay"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    CROP Walk Sunday

    October 28, 2018
    TBA - Samhain/All Souls
    Worship Arts Committee
    UNICEF Carnival


    November Theme - Gratitude

    November 4, 2018
    "For All That is Our Life"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

    November 11, 2018
    "Warrior Spirits"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    Veteran's Day Weekend
    50/50 Collection - Keep Worcester Warm Fund

    November 18, 2018
    "Perpetuating Gratitude"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    Thanksgiving Sunday
    [TBA - Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service]

    November 25, 2018
    Peace Fellowship
    Matt Johnsen, Speaking
    Worship Arts Sunday

    December Theme - Peace

    December 2, 2018
    "The Light of Peace"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    Hanukkah

    December 9, 2018
    "On Prophetic Resistance"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    Stuffed Animal Sleepover

    December 16, 2018
    "The Traveler's Tale"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    Posadas Navidenas
    Emergency Fund Collection

    December 23, 2018
    "The Yule Faeries"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    Annual Winter Solstice Service
    Emergency Fund Collection

    [4 pm - Annual Holiday Vespers Service]
    "Peace on Earth"
    Inter-generational Service / Annual Vespers Tea
    Emergency Fund Collection

    [7 pm - December 24, 2018 - Annual Christmas Eve Service]
    "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    Inter-generational Service
    Emergency Fund Collection

    December 30, 2018
    TBA
    Guest Minister Rev. Jennifer Innis, Preaching
    Worship Arts Sunday

    January Theme - Grace

    January 6, 2019
    "What's Your Question?"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    Question Service
    Epiphany

    January 13, 2019
    "Unexpected Grace"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    50/50 Collection - Tasks for Transit

    January 20, 2019
    "In Praise of Radical Truth"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance

    January 27, 2019
    TBA
    Worship Arts Committee

     

    February Theme - Surrender / Letting Go

    February 3, 2019
    "A Wrinkle in Time"
    All-Church Read - Book Discussion

    February 10, 2019
    "Living Trust"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

    February 17, 2019
    "To Melt Into the Abyss"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    50/50 Collection - Refugee Ministry Team 

    February 24, 2019
    TBA
    Music Director Matthew Johnsen
    Annual Music Sunday

     

    March Theme - Truth

    March 3, 2019
    "TBA"
    Annual Stewardship Sunday

    March 10, 2019
    "To Dream the Impossible"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

    March 17, 2019
    "The Nature of Conversion"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    St. Patrick's Day
    50/50 Collection - ONE Worcester

    March 24, 2019
    TBA
    Youth Group Service

    Friday March 31, 2019
    "To Tell the Truth"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

     

    April Theme - Salvation/Wholeness

    April 7, 2019
    Annual Wolfson Lecture
    Greg Epstein

    April 14, 2019
    "Living the Undivided Life"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    50/50 Collection - Central MA LGBT Asylum Task Force

    April 21, 2019
    "Awakening to Hidden Wholeness"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

    Thursday, April 18, 2019
    [7pm Maundy Thursday Service]
    Communion Service
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

    Friday, April 19, 2019
    [7pm Good Friday Service]
    Ecumenical Tenebrae Service
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

    April 21, 2019
    [7am Ecumenical Sunrise Service at Shore Park]
    "Awakening to Hidden Wholeness"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

    April 28, 2019
    TBA
    Worship Arts Sunday

    May Theme - Mystery

    May 5, 2019
    "Waking to Mystery"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

    May 12, 2019
    Dialogue Service
    Rev. Aaron Payson and Robin Mitzcavitch
    Mother’s Day Observance
    50/50 Collection - Central MA IHN

    May 19, 2019
    "The Meaning of Mystery"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching

    May 26, 2019
    TBA
    Robin Mitzcavitch
    Worship Arts Sunday
    Memorial Day Observance

     

    June Theme - Transcendence

    June 2, 2019
    "Renewing the Spirit"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    UUCW Annual Meeting  - following the Service
    Legacy Sunday
    50/50 Collection - Worcester Interfaith

    June 9, 2019
    RE Sunday
    Religious Exploration & Education Program

    June 16, 2019
    "What Legacy Shall You Leave?"
    Rev. Aaron Payson, Preaching
    Father’s Day Observance

    June 23 - September 1, 2019
    2019 Summer Services Program

    For Past Sermons see the Sermon Archives.