Services

 

What to Expect

Each service contains instrumental and vocal music, a 15- to 20-minute message, an opportunity to express joys and sorrows, an offering, a story relating to the message, and a period of meditation or prayer. The Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 60 minutes, followed by a period where people may respond to the message of the day.  

 

Each service begins with the lighting of our flaming chalice, a distinctive symbol of UU.

The design originated during WWII as a symbol on documents given to refugees who fled without their identification papers.

 

The Sunday service is preceded by a Forum, which begins at 9:30 a.m. The Forum provides a setting for discussions of a wide variety of topical subjects, often presented by outside experts, followed by questions and conversation.

NOTE: While in-building Sunday services are suspended, participation via Zoom is provided (links available on the Home page).  

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Upcoming Services

November 27  Creating Home, Celebrating Diversity

My daughter’s counselor gave her a storybook, A Mother for Choco in which a small bird finds a mother in a bear, but it wasn’t as easy for us as in the story.   How do we create home with diverse people; white parent, black child; Christian spouse, Jewish spouse; Chinese sibling, white sibling?   I believe we must celebrate our diversity if we are to make a home for all of us.

December Theme: Generosity

December 4    A Winter Solstice Celebration

“In time of want, when life is boarding up against the next uncertain spring, we celebrate and give of what we have away.”  Margaret Starkey

December 11     Holiday Music Service    TriUU Choir

December 18   Nations Free, Tyrants Disappearing (Hannukah)

As we recognize Hannukah by remembering the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrians, we remember also those fighting for their freedom today. 

December 24  Celebrating Giving

A service of lessons and carols with traditional and modern readings.

Sunday, December 25   A Blue Christmas Worship Service

Christmas Day and home alone?  Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or Atheist when everyone seems intent on celebrating a Christian holiday?  Come spend Christmas morning with us at TriUU.

 
 

Service Inspirations

Our worship services focus on a wide variety of religious, philosophical, personal, and social issues. Although each service is different, we gather weekly to consider, individually and collectively, that which we hold of highest worth. For some, it’s the community; for others, it’s the natural world; and for still for others, it’s a sense of some sort of something  beyond our imagination.

 

Our inspiration comes from a variety of sources: the wisdom of world religions, teachings from humanist and earth-centered traditions, words and deeds of prophetic people, and the direct experience of individuals.  


Our principal service is on Sundays at 10:30 a.m., normally at the Tri-County Unitarian Universalists  center. During the pandemic, our services are via Zoom. Please see the Home page for details and links.

Where we’re located and how to get there. 

 

Music & Choir

Tri-UU Choir Videos

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Music for our Sunday services is provided by the Tri-UU choir which is on hiatus for the summer, a professional music director is being sought for the fall. For the next few months we will be using recorded music including some selections recorded by the choir. 

 

We sing traditional hymns, gospel, folk tunes and more, in multi-part harmony. The Choir rehearsals will be set by our new director. Everyone who enjoys singing is encouraged to join! 

 

Here is a growing collection of Tri-UU choir videos: 

Most are performed by our former music director, Donna Kagan, and Tri-UU Choir members with music arrangements and editing by Frank Kelly.   Enjoy!

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And to hear any of nearly 100 Tri-UU hymn favorites, all with on-screen lyrics . . .
click here!

 
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Past Services

Text of select recent sermons can be found here. Just click the desired link.

"Creating Family, Celebrating Diversity", Nov. 27, Rev. Snavely

"Caring for Home", Nov. 6, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"Remembering Our Dead", Oct. 30, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"A Dream Still Finding Fulfillment", Oct 16, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"Imaginative Words of Roald Dahl", Oct 9, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"Making Amends vs. Asking Forgiveness", Oct. 2. Helene Kirschbaum

"Giving of Ourselves", Sept. 25, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"Living With Threats of Terrorism", Sept. 11, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"The Use and Abuse of Immigrant Labor", Sept. 4, Rev. Snavely

"Our UU Heritage and Future", August 14, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"Pet Blessing", July 17, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"Expanding Freedom?", July 3, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"Children Will Listen", June 19, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"Remembering Pulse Night Club Shooting", June 12, Rev. Snavely

"Praying to Things", June 5, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"Resolutions for Peace", May 29, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"Making a Resolution For the Next Generation", May 8, Rev. Snavely

"Resolute Joy: A Beltane Celebration", May 1, Rev. Snavely

Videos of select past sermons are on our Facebook pageClick here.