Worship Celebrations in April at 10:30 AM
SUNDAY, April 2
Nick Page. "Music as a Verb"
We welcome to our Sanctuary this morning Nick Page, a remarkably talented song leader, conductor, performer, and composer. This participatory
worship celebration will be appealing, accessible, and worthwhile for people of all ages and all musical abilities. Please come to church
for a not-to-be-missed morning of musical joy!
SUNDAY, April 9 | Palm Sunday & Passover
The Rev. Dr. David Herndon, Senior Minister. "The Path of Promise"
The stories of Palm Sunday and Passover both point toward promising journeys which contain unexpected challenges. Using these stories as guides,
how might we move forward into our own promising journeys with both determination and humility? Assisting with our worship celebration
this morning will be members of our Christian Fellowship.
FRIDAY, April 14 at 7:30 PM | Maundy Thursday & Good Friday
The Rev. Dr. David Herndon, Senior Minister. "End of the Road"
This service retraces the last few days of the life of Jesus and offers us a way to find our own
Unitarian Universalist meanings in the ancient stories. The Maundy Thursday portion of the service is the one time of the year when First Unitarian
Church offers communion, but you certainly do not have to be Christian to appreciate the many meanings of this occasion. The Good Friday (or
Tenebrae) portion of the service provides an opportunity for deep meditation on the ways our society may fall short of its ideals, and perhaps
how we may fall short of our own personal ideals as well. We are then invited to hold that creative spiritual tension until the joy and hope
and renewal of Easter.
SUNDAY, April 16 | Easter Sunday
The Rev. Dr. David Herndon, Senior Minister. "As the World Begins Again"
Here is the text for our multigenerational Easter celebration. It is from a poem by Jan Richardson.
will not fix you,
will not mend you,
will not give you
it will not talk to you
about one door opening
when another one closes.
It will simply
sit itself beside you
among the shards
and gently turn your face
toward the direction
from which the light
as the world begins
FRIDAY, April 23
The Rev. Dr. David Herndon, Senior Minister. "Worship as a Spiritual Journey"
What is the purpose of our Sunday morning gatherings? What outcome are we seeking? Do our worship celebrations
have a meaningful structure, or are they just random collections of words and music? Pittsburgh native Annie Dillard once wrote, “It is madness
to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets.” What could she have possibly meant by that? We will
celebrate the Bridging Ceremony for our high school seniors this morning.
FRIDAY, April 30 | Earth Sunday
The Green Sanctuary Team.
We welcome to our pulpit this morning members of our Green Sanctuary Team who will lead us in a celebration
of Earth Sunday.