Joy and Celebration!
May we hear the melody of Life and find ourselves singing harmony.
May we be open to the dissonances in the Song of the Land and Its People,
that we might be part of the World’s urging toward Justice, Peace, and Love.
May we feel in our bones the rhythms of Life and the Land, and find ourselves dancing.
~ by Joseph Cleveland
Sunday, March 5 – Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service: “Let There Be Joy!!”
Let there be joy in our coming together this morning.
Let there be truth heard in the words we speak and the songs we sing.
Let there be help and healing for our disharmony and despair.
Let there be silence for the voice within us and beyond us.
Let there be joy in our coming together.
Sunday, March 12 – Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service: “Purim”
Many cultures re-enact chaos (Mardi Gras, Purim) and role reversals prior to the Spring new year. UU writer Sharon Wylie writes: “For millennia, people have gathered together to hear stories, to root for the underdog, to jeer the evil and the unkind. We see in our stories mirrors to our own lives where we hope good things will happen to good people and that evil will be vanquished.” This morning we gather for story, for cheering and jeering, for hope and for justice.
Sunday, March 19 – Lay-led Service
10:30 AM Service: “Spring Equinox & Ostara”
Pagan writer Patty Wigington writes, “Ostara is a time of balance. It is a time of equal parts light and dark. At Mabon, we have this same balance, but the light is leaving us. Today, six months later, it is returning. Spring has arrived, and with it comes hope and warmth. Deep within the cold earth, seeds are beginning to sprout. In the damp fields, the livestock are preparing to give birth. In the forest, under a canopy of newly sprouted leaves, the animals of the wild ready their dens for the arrival of their young. Spring is here.” Come and celebrate balance.
Sunday, March 26 – Rabbi Chava Bahle and UU Music Director, John Bailey
10:30 AM Service: “All Bach Service”
Johann Sebastian Bach was a Christian, a Lutheran. All his music, by his proclamation, was composed to the greater glory of God and Christ. However, his music has the gift of diversity. It is rare that any music genre does not have examples of Bach’s genius. It is also rare that any given music genre, at least in the western world, does not owe its foundation and structure to Bach’s musical organization. Also, rare is it to find a modern spirituality that does not include Bach’s music and arrangements. Those of us who grew up Lutheran were bathed in the music of Bach. Those of us who took music theory know and practice many of his analyzed rules that make his music so creatively beautiful and accessible even hundreds of year beyond his death.
Just as our UU beliefs relish in our diversity and acceptance of all, so, too, does J.S Bach’s music engulf diversity in music and acceptance of all genres. In honor of Bach’s birthday on March 21, all music will be Bach composed or arranged music. It will be an exciting musical service.
Renewal and Resurrection
Sunday, April 2 – Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service: “Building Us Up”
“Since ancient times, shamans, priests, and elders blessed sacred spaces as well as the communities that gathered in them. And so we, too, gather to bless this space and to bless those who will use it now and in the years to come.” – Sandra Fees. Join us for the rededication of our space as a place of renewal and rebirth.
Sunday, April 9 – Rabbi Chava Bahle and Sarah Montgomery-Richards, Director of Lifespan Experience
10:30 AM Service: “Passover: Passing from One Place to Another”
“For holy days on which we recall the old stories, we light the flame. For Passover which reminds us of the courage and strength of those seeking freedom in the past, we light the flame. For gathering today in this sacred space, we light the flame. For the opportunity to be together as a community, to remember the past, to plan for our future, to be alive in our present.” – Dillan Sorrells.
Join us as we light the flame of Passover! On this day we will also honor Sarah Montgomery-Richards’ graduation from Clarmont Lincoln University with her Master of Arts degree. Sarah will give our teaching, Rabbi Chava will offer a reflection.
Sunday, April 16 – Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service: “Easter Morning – All Congregation Service”
“Dear God: Good Friday is gone – a dark day on the calendar, a time of suffering – with more losses than gains, and more pain than we thought we could bear. We are tired of crying, we are tired of burying, we are tired of mourning. But Easter is here – and we who survived are prepared for the turning of the year – not to escape the past, but to provide a witness for a brighter future. We are ready for joy, we are ready for love, we are ready for new beginnings. Amen!” – Rev. David O.
Sunday, April 23 – Rabbi Chava Bahle
10:30 AM Service: “Lilat ahl-Miraj / The Night Journey”
Join us for a special journey of personal stories honoring the anniversary of a sacred night in Islam: The Night Journey. The Qur’an says:
In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful. Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations, that we may know each other, not that we may despise each other. If the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace, and trust in God, for the Lord is the one that heareth and knoweth all things. And the servants of God, Most Gracious are those who walk on the Earth in humility, and when we address them, we say “PEACE.” – Based on the Koran, 49:13, 8:61
Sunday, April 30 – Lay-Led Service
10:30 AM Service: TBD