Upcoming Worship Celebrations

Sundays at 10:30 AM

You are invited and welcome to come to our church. If you have suggestions on future services or would like to help with the service, please contact one of the many Sunday Celebration Teams.



First Sunday of Advent. “My Story, Not My Story,”

Rev. David Herndon, Senior Minister.

My installation ceremony took place twenty-eight years ago – on December 2, 1990. This morning, I will look back on those twenty-eight years, sharing my perspective on what took place during that time and what I may have learned. Our choir, the First UU Singers, will be featured this morning.


Second Sunday of Advent. “Embracing the Mystery,”

Stephanie Pawlowski, Commissioned Lay Minister.

We welcome back to our pulpit this morning Stephanie Pawlowski, our Commissioned Lay Minister. We also welcome back David Mahler, our guest accompanist and song leader for this morning. Who doesn’t love a good mystery? It’s fun to get wrapped up in the twists and turns of mystery story that all comes together in the end. It can be much harder to embrace the big mysteries of life. As Unitarian Universalists, we recognize that we don't have all of the answers. We believe in the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, with a lowercase t and a lowercase m. here is no one changeless answer. The big questions of life are fluid and full of mystery. Can we embrace the mystery instead of focusing on the answers?


Third Sunday of Advent. “Meanings, Moods, Messages, and Melodies of This Special Season,”

Rev. David Herndon, Senior Minister.

Like a holiday fruitcake, our worship time together this morning will have an abundance of many things: congregational singing, inspirational messages, some familiar elements, some unfamiliar elements, but all offered in the celebratory spirit of this special season. The Family Choir will also be singing for us this morning. Additional musicians include Ebe Emmons, Maddy Izzo, Brian Junker, Barbara Litt, Al Schwartz, Rob Schwartz, and Director of Instrumental Music Ellen Gozion, who will provide accompaniment on organ and piano.


“Walking into Wonder.”

The Dance Choir with Rev. David Herndon, Senior Minister.

You are invited to take part in this meditative service on the shortest day of the year as we celebrate the return of longer and brighter days, and as we reflect on the natural processes which create and then sustain our lives even during our darkest and bleakest seasons. Dance Choir is creating a new piece inspired by quotes from Rumi and Julian of Norwich and exploring moving from mystery to transformation. The dance will be accompanied by flute and vocals. Children and youth are welcome to attend, along with your friends, family, and neighbors!


“Blue Christmas, Again,”

Rev. David Herndon, Senior Minister.

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed by the holidays? Are you missing a loved one? Are you just feeling kind of blue this year? With the forced cheerfulness of the holidays, you may easily find yourself feeling out of step if you are not feeling all that cheerful this year. This morning, come and find some solace and hope for your soul in the beauty of the music, the comfort of the words, and the companionship of this religious community. Those who wish may participate in an anointing ritual, a contemporary echo of an ancient healing tradition. Cellist Nicole Myers is our guest musician this morning. W O R S H I P C E L E B R A T I O N S SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS COMMITTEE Chrisie Ambrass Bryan Bandli Louise Jencik (chair) Brian Junker Ward Kelsey Stephanie Pawlowski Michael Safran Scott Smith


FAMILY CHRISTMAS EVE “The Spirit of the Christmas Tree” 4:30 p.m.

Erica Shadowsong, Michael Safran, and Rev. David Herndon.

Our annual Christmas pageant has become a deeply beloved tradition at First Unitarian Church. The Spirit of the Christmas Tree was written by Joyce Poley, a Canadian Unitarian Universalist composer. With several original songs supplementing several traditional carols, this delightful pageant presents a Unitarian Universalist understanding of the birth of Jesus, with special meanings for people of all ages. The Family Choir will provide the music. Seasonal refreshments provided by the Social Events Team will follow the service.


The Rev. Dr. David Herndon, Senior Minister.

Come and be inspired by the resounding accompaniment of the Pittsburgh Brass Project! Come and be blessed with soft light shining forth from hundreds of candles! Come and be persuaded to choose hope even in this dark time of the year! Children and youth are welcome to attend, along with your friends, family, and neighbors! Seasonal refreshments provided by the Social Events Team will follow the service. “Spirit of the Christmas Tree” Be a part of our Christmas Eve Pageant! If you or your child would like to participate in the pageant, please contact Erica Shadowsong at 412- 621-8008, X103, or eshadowsong@firstunitarian-pgh.org.


Kwanzaa Sunday. Stephanie Pawlowski, Commissioned Lay Minister, and Ward Kelsey, Sunday Celebrations Team.

Kwanzaa is a holiday especially intended for African-Americans, but this celebration holds significant meanings for a wider audience as well. Come and be inspired in a different way as you envision what your life may become in the New Year! (We will take some time for reflective writing.)






For Worship Leaders, download the Worship Celebration Worksheet, about Multicultural Worship at First Unitarian Church, and about our four-year cycle of monthly spiritual themes.

Come to be moved and held in mutual embrace. Come and be made whole.
First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh
605 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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