Worship & Sermons

WORSHIP

Summer Sunday services during July and August will be held in our church sanctuary at 10am and livestreamed on our YouTube channel unless otherwise indicated in the schedule. To attend services you must be vaccinated; those who are not vaccinated are welcome to attend services online. Masks are not required. Socially distant seating is available in designated areas of the sanctuary.

View the full 2022 summer schedule HERE.

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 Coffee Hour.

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.

Sermons

Watch some recent sermons from Reverend Rebecca:

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Foreboding Joy

  by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ My friend reminded me about the concept of foreboding joy about three weeks ago. The timing was perfect, as I was in the middle of experiencing a severe bout of just that. The Delta variant was on the rise. My previous excitement and...

Together We

  by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ “While worship is our collective act of celebration, affirmation, challenge, and inspiration, it does not ask of us what attending an annual meeting does. Experiencing our worship without participating in the community’s decision...

Joyous Attention

  Reflection by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ Do you believe in God? I don’t believe. I know. This is one of my all-time favorite film clips. The twinkle in Carl Jung’s eye and the childlike grin that filled his face bring me such joy. Jung was being interviewed in...

Turn, Turn, Turn

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ “We’re returning! Isn’t it great!?” People everywhere are talking about how wonderful this time of reemerging from the pandemic is. We hear how they’ve longed for connection and face-to-face time with their loved ones. I hear...

Refugia

  Reflection by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ An analysis published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy in June 2020 documents how the “sixth mass extinction of wildlife on Earth is accelerating” as seen by the astounding and alarming number of animals...

Sankofa

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ My toe just went over the finish line as I heard my childhood name over the loudspeaker: “Becky Bryan!” It was spoken quickly, amidst hundreds of others, and even so, I knew what I had heard. How in the world did they know my...

You’re on Mute

  Easter Homily by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ “Oh, Reverend Rebecca, you’re on mute.” “Sally, you’re on mute.” “Jeffrey, we can’t hear you.” What started as an occasional occurrence became commonplace within weeks, if not days. Isn’t that the way it is? We step...

Chapel by the Sea

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ I was participating in a mission-vision workshop for church last year when the idea of a chapel by the sea came to me. It woke me up, stirred my heart, and brought tears to my eyes. The dream sparkled! Could it be? A Chapel by the...

Quiet Down

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ When someone you haven’t seen in ten years  appears at the door, don’t start singing him all your new songs. You will never catch up.Walk around feeling like a leaf. Know you could tumble any second. Then decide what to do with your...

To Pledge

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ My best year in college was one when I had fewer choices, only a couple of friends, no car, two pairs of jeans, and one dress. Unhappy my freshman and sophomore years, I had debated between transferring to another school and studying...

Turn and Love

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ “You’re going to be preaching on nonviolence. Do you know Bayard Rustin?” Justin, our Director of Church Music, asked me. His question was innocent enough. I had been a student and adherent of nonviolence for decades and did not...

To Be Forgiven

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan “How free do you want to be?” is a common phrase used by those in twelve-step recovery programs. We are promised that if we follow a few simple steps or suggestions, we will be free, first from our addictions and then from the things...

The Work of Lifetimes

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan Part One: The Work of Lifetimes “Whose pain is it?” I was lying in Shavasana, or corpse pose, at the end of yoga class when the veil between the conscious and unconscious lifted and I was gifted with an epiphany that liberated me. I...

Making Room for 2021

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan 2020! Oh, what a year it has been. I’m so ready for it to be over. I didn’t think it could get any worse, and then it did. The pandemic, Black Lives Matter, the loss of so many innocent people’s lives, the political situation, and...

A Veteran’s Message Home

  By Lynn Kettleson Thank you. It’s a privilege to be here today in a service honoring my fellow veterans.  I’ve spent my professional life as a storyteller helping others tell their tales. After all, we live forever in our stories. That’s how we’ll be...

The Perils of First Glances and Certainty

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan The thought came to me seemingly without provocation: “The camera lens is covered.” I jolted into recognition when I realized what was revealed. The camera on my computer had been “broken” for days, or so I thought. I blamed this...

Self-forgiveness as a Pathway to Belonging

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan We speak often of being a welcoming congregation, open and affirming to all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or religious beliefs. We have gone so far as to integrate our commitment to creating a...

Listen

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan I met Stephen Pevar in 2001 when I began working as the Director of Development for the Connecticut American Civil Liberties Union. It was the time of the Patriot Act. The enormity of 9/11 was still reverberating in the air. People...

Love Is the Doctrine of This Church

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan   Did you ever wish you were given a rule book to life? Maybe you were the kid wondering how to fit in at school or who your people were. Did you long for that rule book when you were facing a life-changing decision you thought...

A Flower Inside Us All

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan   It appeared seemingly out of nowhere. We were hiking in what is known as the Alpine Desert, 5,000 meters above sea level on an inactive volcano in Tanzania. Yes, I’m sharing another story about Mount Kilimanjaro. It is, after...

Ongoing

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan It took me five months, almost to the day, to realize that this pandemic is actually happening. For months before that I would pinch myself periodically and say, “What?! This can’t be happening.” Even as I rearranged my entire life,...

A Walk to Remember

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan Our reading this morning included the opening words of John Lewis’s eulogy, delivered by Barack Obama, words from the gospel of James, Chapter 1. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,...

A Wish for You

A Wish for You

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan We’ve had to make some critical, potentially life-changing decisions for this church over the last few months. When we closed the building in March, in response to COVID-19, someone said to me, “That means we won’t come back until next...

Our Spiritual Home

Our Spiritual Home

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan What does it mean to be a church? Some would say a church is a body of people who adhere to certain creeds or confessions of faith such as the Nicene Creed or the Five Pillars of Islam. Unitarian Universalists have seven principles,...

Quiet

Quiet

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan   I come from a family of musicians as well as writers, academics, farmers, and mothers – wonderful mothers and grandmothers. Singing camp songs, discussing theater, and debating politics are fundamental to the Bryan heritage.   Still,...

The Other Pandemics

The Other Pandemics

  Earth Day Remarks  By Brent Mitchell    The Other Pandemics  I did not want to give this talk. When first approached about an Earth Day service, I proposed a comparison of the early resistance to Darwin’s theories of evolution with climate change denial today....

Suffering Explored 

Suffering Explored 

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan “Go ahead. Let it out, honey. I am not afraid of your pain.”  It had been six months since my last drink. Twenty-five Friday evenings without any red wine. My emotions were as present as I had ever felt them. It felt like I was going...

“Together We Rise” – Easter Reflection 2020

“Together We Rise” – Easter Reflection 2020

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan We are not going to survive this, this time, on our own initiative. Quite an Easter message, right?  We need one another to get through, rebound, and ultimately recreate life, however it will be after this pandemic. Of course, we need...

Seeking Not Running

Seeking Not Running

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan Thank you, Diane, for your beautiful and moving Journey of Faith. You have given us a huge gift, and I wanted to be sure we took the time and learned from that gift. I’m sure many of us can relate to your story of religious upbringing,...

In Each Other’s Hands

In Each Other’s Hands

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan Thank you, Alex.   My remarks this morning are entitled “In Each Other’s Hands.”  Placing my hand down on the page, holding the paper with my elbow, tongue stuck out in focused attention and effort, I would carefully draw with my right...

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