Past Worship Services & Sermons

Paul Burnore's picture
Sunday, January 19, 2020: "State of our Spirit 2020"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Paul Burnore

Worship Associate:  John Motter

Events of the 2010s have shaped the spirit of our country in 2020.  While general stability and prosperity are evident to some, others have experienced distrust and fatigue.  Some believe the drumbeat of negative news left us with a mood of general malaise and confusion.

 

On Monday January 20 we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. How can he and contemporary activists like Greta Thunberg help in our troubled times? How can we temper our own spirits back to good health and enrich our collective mood?

 

As the events of the past year and decade are assessed, we also assess ourselves. Sometimes we make resolutions to make changes that better meet our personal goals. Our actions and aspirations can also benefit our collective spirit.

Rev. Jack Donovan's picture
Sunday, January 12, 2020: "TEACHINGS ON THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH AND MEANING FROM THE WORLD'S WISDOM TRADITIONS"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

To paraphrase the Declaration of Independence, "When in the course of human development it becomes necessary for one person to become individually responsible for one's own life decisions, a decent respect for the safety and happiness of self and all requires that one take up one's own search for truth and meaning."

This is the stage of life that some start as they begin puberty or young adulthood, or some much later, as they ponder how to raise their children or contribute to their society or care for Earthkind.  And some, never.

How helpful has the guidance of the world's wisdom traditions been in your search for truth and meaning?  (And for a later date, how helpful has your own direct experience been in finding truth and meaning.)


Rev. Jack Donovan's picture
Sunday, January 5, 2020: "PREPARING FOR EPIPHANY: What Do You Expect?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Worship Associate: Paul Craig

Our congregation was founded on the Day of Epiphany, January 5, 1915, with a dream for a church that was "less rigid in its doctrines than those prevalent here in St. Petersburg."   And it came to be - as have many unexpected things in the last 100 years.

On this Epiphany Sunday, January 5, 2020, with what dreams do we as individuals and as a congregation begin the new year and new decade?  If epiphany is the name for unexpected revelations, what unexpected things are you expecting?  Are you ready?

 


Anonymous's picture
Sunday, December 29, 2019: "Music, Poetry and Meditation"
Time: 10:30am

Speaker: Jon Arterton

This Sunday’s service will have a different format than our usual services. It will feature the singing of chants, a guided meditation, the mesmerizing sound of Travis Lacey’s Chinese gong, and the reading of some wonderful poems by Mary Oliver, Rumi and others – all this to mark the end of the year and to honor the new one.

Rev. Jack Donovan's picture
Tuesday, December 24, 2019: "CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE - Readings, Lessons and Carols"
Time: 6:00pm
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

What happens when new light enters your world?  

Co-Facilitator: Rev. Alisun Donovan