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The Unitarian — October 6, 2022

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

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Sunday, October 9; Services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary

“The Call of Freedom”

Worship service led by Rev. Chris. All are welcome to Sunday services. Childcare is provided at the service.

Upcoming Services

  • Sunday, October 16, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary with Rev. Chris Jablonski

  • Sunday October 23, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary with Rev. Mary Margaret Earl from the UU Urban Ministry

Childcare is available at Sunday worship services.

Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. — Vespers in the Sanctuary

Vespers services are an opportunity to connect, to be in our beautiful Sanctuary, and have a midweek deepening and return.

  • Thursday October 13: Vespers with Rev. Chris

  • Thursday October 20: Chanting Vespers with Ian Garvie

From Your Minister

This is one of my very favorite pictures of my sons.

Aliyah had just been born a few weeks before.

And Jack was about to start Kindergarten at a school which Ben had gone to for a few years at this point.

And Jack was predictably nervous and excited and so many other things.

We walked them across the street and then Ben took Jack’s hand and walked him into his new school.

I love this image for a few reasons.

The first is that at the ripe ages of eight and six it was one of the first times I saw so powerfully what it is to have an older sibling. One who knows the halls, who knows the way to your classroom and can hold your hand and show you the way.

And it also was one of the first times that I saw so clearly their relationship which existed so deeply and clearly between them already.

This fall, our theme is courage, and I think of little Jack that morning, and the courage it takes to dive into the unknown of a new school, of the beginning of school at all.

I think of our people facing medical diagnoses, of people moving through grief and loss, so many times and so many ways that we are called to answer the bell of life and show up.

Sometimes it can feel like we are unequal to the task.

Sometimes it can feel like it’s all too much.

But the good news is that just like Jack had Ben, we have each other.

If you reach out, there is a hand to hold.

There are my two hands to be sure, but even better, there are hundreds of others, so many people here at First Church ready to reach back, ready to hold you.

This fall, keep a look out for podcasts on courage, for a special mailing coming soon and for worship services. We will deepen into these themes each season, Courage in the fall, Resistance in the winter and Creativity in the spring.

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