The Worship Committee
Back Row L to R: Ken Love and Richard Hill, Music Director & Organist, ex officio
Middle Row L to R: Anne Fredericks, Chairperson Jannelle Codianni, and Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, ex officio
Front Row L to R: Michele Blake and Katelyn Haven
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2013 - 2014 Services Schedule
Unless otherwise noted, all Sunday Services are held at 10:30 a.m. in the church sanctuary.
Please check back often for updates to the detail in this services schedule. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Worship Committee Chair, Jannelle Codianni, at 401-419-9737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, if you miss a service, but would like to listen to the sermon, you can find it here in our Recorded Sermons Archive.
Monthly Worship Themes
This year at Unity Church of North Easton we are exploring a different theme in worship each month. Please scroll below for details about upcoming monthly themes and services.
February - Spiritual Practice
Our inner selves need regular exercise and care just as much as our physical bodies do. From meditation to journaling, prayer to rock climbing, spiritual practices are those activities we do regularly that help us develop emotional and spiritual strength for when life gets tough. This month everyone at Unity Church is invited to stretch a little and try a new spiritual practice!
February 2: Intergenerational Sunday Service. Kate Haven and Deanna Greenstein, preaching.
February 9: Strength of Spirit. Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, preaching. How is it some people are able to stay calm and upbeat even when they are having a bad day? Do you admire those who keep faith when their lives have fallen apart? This week’s service will focus on strength of spirit and together we will explore some different practices that might help us grow kind of inner strength.
February 16: Sunday Service. Aaron Stockwell, preaching.
February 23: Third Principle Faith. Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, preaching. The Rev. Rob Hardies, senior minister of All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC has said “This is a description of true spiritual growth: growing hearts and souls large and supple enough to embrace - to love - more and more of our complex world.” This week in worship we will hear some more of Rev. Hardies’ words and consider what “acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations” looks and feels like.
March – Success
William Ellery Channing, father of American Unitarianism, is known for preaching that we all have the capacity to grow “in likeness to God.” The first “Humanist Manifesto” imagined a society based on mutual cooperation as the noblest human goal. American society today seems to equate success with material wealth and physical beauty. This month we will explore many of the competing ideas about success and consider what it means to us and to our faith.
March 2: Small Steps to Success in Life. Frank Smith, preaching.
March 9: Success. Harry Somers, preaching.
March 16: How to be a Saint. Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, preaching. Celebrations like St. Patrick’s Day seem to suggest that saints were (or are) perfect people. This week in worship we will discover that the lives of saints and sinners alike aren't all good or all bad, and we will think about what might make for a saint in the Unitarian Universalist tradition. This week Unity Church also has the honor of welcoming Girl Scouts from the town of Easton. If you have been involved in any kind of scouting, you are invited to wear your uniform, sash, vest, or even just a scout-related T-shirt!
March 23: Children's Sunday Service. Guest Lay Ministers - our children and the Lifespan Religious Education Committee, preaching. This service is the culmination of the Children's Winter curriculum for Sunday school.
March 30: Better Than Perfect Sunday Service. Rev. Kristin Schmidt, preaching. Guided by a well-known Jewish tale and part of the Sermon on the Mount, this Sunday we will consider the limits of perfection and wonder about how thinking of success in new ways might offer deeper fulfillment. This is also Bring a Friend Day & Unity Church Alumni Day!
April – Transformation
Though it very well may still be snowing here in New England, April usually marks the time when Winter finally seems to give way to the beginning of Spring. From the celebration of Passover, the Jewish holiday that marks the Hebrews’ liberation from slavery and covenant with God, to the Christian celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, this month we will celebrate many kinds of transformation.
April 6: Controversy and Compassion. Aaron Stockwell, preaching. Unitarian Universalism has at its core the hope of peace, democracy, and dignity. However throughout history, there are have been several controversies. This sermon will explore some of them, and the answer the question "how do we respond with compassion?"
Aaron Stockwell is the Sabbatical Minister at the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church in Harvard, MA. He holds degrees from Lesley University and Andover Newton Theological School. Aaron and his spouse live in Maynard, MA.
April 13: Sunday Service. Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, preaching.
April 20: Easter Sunday Service. Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, preaching.
April 27: Intergenerational Sunday Service. Kate Haven and Deanna Greenstein, preaching.
May – Joy
E. B. White wrote “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor it.” Likewise, our religious tradition calls us to transform the world, but it also calls us to sense the infinite joy in each moment. As the sunshine warms the air and the flowers begin to bloom, this month we will savor the things in life that bring us true joy.
May 4: Sunday Service. Rev. Laura Randall, preaching.
May 11: Mother's Day Sunday Service. Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, preaching.
May 18: Sunday Service. Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, preaching.
May 25: Joy. Rev. Christian Schmidt, preaching.
1Severe Weather Policy: For the safety of our friends and members, in case of extreme weather conditions, please call the church office (508-238-6373) after 8:30 am on the day of the service for a message about whether the service has been cancelled.
2Nursery Care on Sunday Mornings: The members of Unity Church are committed to providing child care for infants and toddlers during Sunday morning worship services from the first regular service in September through the last regular service in June, and also at all congregational meetings. This year, after the service on June 16, 2013, Nursery Care will start up again on September 8, 2013. If you have questions regarding childcare, please contact Carolyn McCafferty at email@example.com.