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Worship at First Unitarian May 28, 2017

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Prelude at 10:15 a.m.
Sunday Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Missa Gaia (Earth Mass)
Homily: "Gladness in Beauty"
Rev. Sarah Stewart, Minister
Will Sherwood, CM, AAGO, Director of Music
Humanity's myths tell us that the earth is a good gift given to people, animals and plants for their flourishing. Yet our relationship with the earth threatens to destroy that very gift. We honor the earth through the beauty of music this morning, inspiring ourselves to renew our commitment to a world made fair for all beings. The Rev. Sarah C. Stewart preaching.
The Earth, taken as a whole, affects all life and matter around, within and upon our planet with a unique power. This is the basis of the Gaia Hypothesis, a book by James Havelock and Lynn Margulis, who believe that the Earth has a life of its own which is greater than the sum of its parts, that there is an intense synergy between the smallest bacteria and the largest animal and vegetative life. Thus the inspiration for Missa Gaia.
Our choir with soloists, instruments, and animal voices will perform this incredibly moving work in Sunday's service.

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Preaching: The Rev. Sarah Stewart
Who we are is shaped by our friends, and the friendships we have throughout our lives guide us and help us make meaning of our existence. In our increasingly atomized society, friendships help ground us, draw us out of ourselves, and even save us. This Sunday will be a meditation on the power of friendships in our lives.

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Sermon: "What's So Radical About Hospitality?"
Preaching: Rev. Aaron R. Payson
What is the difference between hospitality and entertainment?  How does this distinction relate to who we are as a liberal religious people and what we can offer those who search us out as a place of refuge, reflection and reform?

Sunday, May 28, 2017
Preaching: The Rev. Sarah Stewart
The power of positive thinking has its limits. Comforting other people in their distress involves allowing ourselves to feel our own pain and sorrow, and trusting that we will be able to get through it with love and grace. To be fully human, we must allow ourselves to feel pain and loss as well as joy and abundance.

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