My Heart Will Not Sit Down
by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz and
Kathy Strawser, DLS

February 24, 2013

“Love is the spirit of this church, and service is its law,” begins our chalice lighting words most Sundays. During the opening words we encourage people to "serve needs greater than our own." What happens when our hearts compel us to service in extraordinary ways? Are we, young and old, up to the task? Reflections from a story set in Cameroon will help us explore answers these questions. The Junior Choir will sing “Cuando el Pobre,” and we will collect the Outreach Offering for Cleveland’s May Dugan Center.

Brother Can You Spare a Dime sung by April Stoltz

With Worship Associate Anne Osborne

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Love After Love
by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz

February 17, 2013

Whether married, partnered or single, love, commitment and relationships frame the quality of our lives. Love is both hard work and heart work; but it's work worth doing; and it's work that needs the support of family, friends and religious community. This sermon will explore loving as a spiritual practice, even when we don't feel very loving at all.

Introducing Worship Associate April Stoltz

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If I only had a Heart
by Reverend Wayne Arnason

February 10, 2013

The Tin Man's plaintive plea in The Wizard of Oz was finally answered by the Wizard, who told him that he had all the compassion, sensitivity, and good will that he needed, whether he had a real heart or not. We might say today that the Tin Man had "emotional intelligence." Rev. Wayne will unpack that phrase, and reflect on how the emotional life we live is just as important to religious liberals as our intellectual life.

With Worship Associate Jeremy Beech

The Offertory music is available in it's entirety at the end of the service.

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Letting Your Heart Break Open
by Reverend Katie Norris

February 3, 2013

Dr. Brene Brown says "Connection is why we are here. It’s what brings purpose and meaning to our lives." And yet, the thing we need to have in order to obtain that connection is vulnerability. The ability to let our hearts break wide open and allow other people know who we truly are. Most of us fear vulnerability because we don't want to get hurt but if vulnerability is what brings connection and thus meaning and purpose into our lives, how do we let our heart break open anyway?

With Worship Associate Dave Clements

The pre-service music is available in it's entirety following the normal end of this service.

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