Worship & Sermons

WORSHIP

Join us for services at 10:30am on Sundays, from the Sunday after Labor Day through Father’s Day. Experience elements of the world religions, including our Christian roots and humanism. Find inspiration in choral and instrumental music (including organ), congregational singing, a time for children, readings, an offering, and meditative silence. Hear a sermon on social justice, spirituality, dealing with life’s challenges, or other issues. We may celebrate a holiday, act out a skit, hold a coming-of-age ceremony, or hear a member’s Journeys of Faith. Services end around 11:30am and are usually followed by a 30-minute fellowship gathering.

For a relaxed service with music from the jazz tradition, come to a Jazz Vespers. Our Christmas Eve service and Christmas Candlelight service are community traditions.

Summer 2024 Worship Schedule

Download and print the Summer worship schedule HERE.

Sermons

Watch some recent sermons from Reverend Rebecca:

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Some Church

  Reflection by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan   I would like to begin by extending a huge thank-you to all of the volunteers who helped our church this year, including Pastoral Care Associates, Parish friends, Worship Associates, Adult Choir members, teachers,...

Hildegard of Bingen: Doctor of the Church and Mother to All

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​   I dedicated my sermon last Sunday to Ray Wilson, who won it at the auction. I dedicate this morning’s sermon to my colleague, Dr. Justin Murphy-Mancini, who didn’t buy a thing, but with whom I have had the pleasure...

The Limits of Individualism

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​   Each year, I donate a “sermon of your choice” to the auction. Ray Wilson won this year. He chose the topic of “The Limits of Liberalism” based on an essay by David Brooks. This one is for you, Ray. Did you ever stop...

Kind or Nice?

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​   I want to talk today about brave kindness. The power of and need for kindness is real. Kindness brightens people’s days and affects lives in ways we may never know. Kindness knows no boundaries. A person’s earning...

Imagine a World of Kindness

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​   Four and a half months ago, a group of sixteen people assembled to create a meaningful workshop that would invite congregational participation. This was your Congregational Insight Team. They were the creative body...

What Did Jesus Do After the Resurrection?

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​   How do you feel about resurrection? Do you welcome it into your own life, or do you doubt its possibility? Do you look for resurrection, the promise that things do get better, that spring returns, and that death does...

Making Raspberry Jam

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​   One of the many things we learn when life takes unexpected and difficult twists and turns is the necessity of allowing friends, loved ones, and even strangers, to help us. I am blessed to be part of two ministerial...

Reciprocity and the Art of Being Human

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ People loved my giving sermon last year so much that some of you have been saying, “Just plug and play!” (Meaning, do it again.) I debated preaching that sermon from last year, but I knew it wouldn’t work this year. Maybe...

Seasons of Love

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ Do you sometimes do things out of your comfort zone for people you love, because you love them? Maybe you’ve been the momma bear who stood up for children and what they needed, even when it was uncomfortable? Or the...

Communal Time, Synchronized Movement

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ I have been preaching about the importance of, and need for, religious community for as long as I remember. I knew this as a child who didn’t have a consistent religious community and who longed for a place to belong. I was...

Stories of Wonder

  Christmas Eve Homily by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ Tell me a story… Tell me the time when you and grandpa met for the first time. Remind me how I was born. What happened when you fell off that horse, or the time Uncle Sam plugged all the Christmas lights in...

The Cailleach

  Reflection by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ ​“Transformation is the business of winter,” writes Katherine May in her book, Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times. This is certainly not the prevailing energy of this time of year for most, or...

For All That Is Our Life

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ Did everyone pick up three pipe cleaners as you came into the sanctuary? If so, are they mangled already, or still in good order? Hold yours up if they are untouched—if you’ve managed not to touch them. Okay, you’re control...

If Fear Is the Problem, What Do We Put in Its Place?

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ The words of the 8th Principle are as follows: We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse...

Habits of Mind Necessary to Live in a Democracy

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ How do I maintain relationships with people who think so differently from me? That question, or a variation on it, is one of the most common questions I have been asked over the last five years. It may pertain to people’s...

Unlikely Animal Friendships

  Homily by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ We who are gathered here today are all animal lovers—why else would we be here? I see in your eyes and smiles how much you love and appreciate your animals, those animals who are with us and those who have passed on. It...

Why I Pray

  Poem by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ I pray because it makes me a better person,more in touch with true self. I pray because it opens the pathto connect with compassionand feel the love within me. I pray becausein connecting with that compassion and love,I am...

The Axis Mundi: its role in mindfulness and across disciplines

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ I first heard the term axis mundi from Reverend Craig Barnes this summer while at the Chautauqua Institute. He described it using T.S. Eliot’s phrase, “the still point of the turning world.” My ears immediately perked up,...

The Web of Creation

  Homily by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ (Rev. Rebecca calls the children forward to the front for the homily.) Sometimes we are given very big tasks to do. Has that ever happened to you? Yea, me too. Sometimes tasks we have to complete or concepts we have to...

The Myths and Gifts of Normalcy

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ (Sermon given in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire) I love being here to preach each August. It is beautiful inside, with its trompe l’oeil paintings and reed organ. It is beautiful outside, with the waving meadows, farmland,...

Forget Your Perfect Offering

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ I open with words of Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti from an essay in which he describes church. We are engaged in a fallible, human enterprise, but it is one that simultaneously transcends our finitude. Amid the uncertainty,...

The Tipping Point…

  Reflection by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ Was it the lead up to this weekend’s Pride activities, the growing sense that something remarkable was underway, that this city was blooming in Pride? Maybe it was Friday morning's ceremony marking National Gun Violence...

Service As Our Spiritual Teacher

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ I have admired the work and philosophy of Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen for decades. Her book Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal, first published in 1996, has become a classic, helping an unknown number of people over the...

Children As Our Spiritual Teachers

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ A few weeks ago, I defined spirituality as living with authentic, beautiful purpose and reminded us that purpose without authenticity and beauty is simply function. Purpose when combined with authenticity and beauty fills...

Life As Our Spiritual Teacher

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ Wherever you go, there you are. This aphorism derives from a stanza in a devotional book written by Thomas à Kempis in Latin in the 1400s. The book was entitled “The Imitation of Christ,” and the stanza goes like this:...

Water: A Blessing and a Responsibility

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ I met Mary Oliver when I was twenty-two years old. Well, I didn’t literally meet her, though I might as well have. I picked up a volume of her poetry in a small bookstore in Westport, Connecticut, near where I was working...

Resurrection as a Practice: Insights from a Buddhist Teacher

  Easter Homily by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan ​ “If the Buddha had been born into the society in which Jesus was born, I think he, too, would have been crucified.”[1] Words spoken by the beloved Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, or Thay. May he rest in peace. I...

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