We use water to dedicate children because water is both commonplace and extraordinary. As we start a new church year, we’ll hear the story of the “Water Boy” and consider water’s many meanings. For the Water Ceremony in this service, bring any water you collected that symbolizes something about the summer that had meaning for you. We alternate the forms of the sharing we do, and this year people will be invited to offer a brief word about their symbolic water.
How many times have you been asked “so what do UU’s believe?” Where do you go next after that question? Would it be easier to answer the question “What’s the UU story?” Everyone’s religious and political belief systems are based on more than intellectual conclusions. They are all connected to experiential stories! What’s yours? This sermon is the 2010 Service Auction sermon purchased by Ward Pallotta. Thanks, Ward!
Come let your spirits be lifted up by the musical offerings of the West Shore Choir. We will have a full church of guests and members to hear the choir perform an extremely wide variety of choral pieces. However, there are a couple of pieces that you, the congregation (The Assembly) will be asked to participate in.
In ancient times, people with mental illnesses were thought to be demon possessed and were shunned from society. Today, we know better or do we? This sermon will explore the myths and truths behind mental illness and suggest ways we might live up to our desire to be an "inclusive" church that practices radical hospitality to all.
When Romel Joseph lay entombed beneath the rubble of his music school in Haiti, he wondered if he would ever live to play music again or see his children. When Jesus lay in his tomb, his friends and followers believed that all their hopes had died with him. What happens to both of these men is resurrection of the body, mind and spirit. Easter Sunday will celebrate the new hope that is in reach for all of us. Social Action Offering will benefit the Restoration of New Orleans, where an intergenerational crew of West Shore members will be volunteering this week.
Tomorrow’s Church: An Intergenerational Service with Rev. Rolenz, Kathy Strawser, and Sunshine Wolfe
West Shore has long been a place where we attempt to make real the values and principles we claim to believe. When we say we're committed to being an "Anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural institution," what does that really mean? This high energy/all ages 45-minute service will provide the framework for an all-church conversation, to be held immediately following the worship service about what a multicultural West Shore might look and feel like in the next chapter of our common church life. We'll be planning and dreaming "tomorrow's church" through story, song, and with some help from the Intergenerational Choir's anthem "There's a New Day Dawning."