A Service in the Style of Taizé for Advent 2019

Image of black hole with a blue center, surrounded by starsDecember 8, 2019

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Several times each year, Seekers Church takes time out from its regular preaching schedule for a service of chant, prayer and reflection modeled on the worship of the Taizé Community in France. This Sunday was one such time. Repeating the chants together until they die away into the silence provides rest for our world-weary spirits as well as an opportunity for individual reflection on our faith journeys. This time, as we joined in spirit with the monks at Taizé, we were nourished by their faithfulness as well as by their music and accompanied by the sounds of recorders played by Liz, Jacqie, and some of their friends.…

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A pilgrimage sermon by Teresa Ramsey

Image of black hole with a blue center, surrounded by starsDecember 1, 2019

The First Sunday of Advent

Good Morning Seekers family and good morning to my family here today, my husband Will. It has been some time since I have preached, yet I still remember the sudden anxiety attack that occurs upon taking the podium. Prayer helps so let us begin with a prayer: Holy One, please continue to bless us today with your presence. Please bless my words and ideas that, however lacking, they might fulfill your purposes and touch the hearts of those for whom you intend them. Amen

When I asked to speak today, I knew that the theme for this advent season would be “what do you see?…

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“Save Yourself” by Erica Lloyd

November 24, 2019

The Feast of the Reign of Christ

A few months ago I had talked with Deborah about signing up to preach again, so I started looking through the lectionary for this fall. The first scripture I looked at was interesting, but nothing immediately came to mind. Same with the second. I got to the third, and my reaction was, “Nope! No siree. Nopity NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE.” So I moved on to the fourth and fifth. Nothing resonated. Finally the Holy Spirit nudged, You might as well stop wasting your time and turn back to reading number three because clearly we’ve got some work to do.…

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A Sermon by Mike Tabor

November 17, 2019

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Mike Tabor reflected on the agricultural origins of the yearly Jewish festival cycle. Using the diagram shown here, he pointed out that the Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur/Sukkot/Hoshanah Rabah group of observances in early fall as one of four “new year” observances that mark important moments in the agricultural cycle in the Middle East. The others include the late winter observance of Purim, which is similar in many ways to Carnival; the early spring festival of Pesach (Passover), which coincides with the barley harvest; and the early summer observance of Shavuot (Pentecost) at the time of the wheat harvest.…

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A Sermon on Sanctuary by Charlene Belsom Zellmer

November 10, 2019

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Rev. Charlene Belsom Zellmer, interfaith minister, key person in the Congregation Action Network (CAN), and the leader of the Sanctuary for Rosa team at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, spoke on the Sanctuary movement, the current Supreme Court case involving DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), and her own experiences near the border in southern Arizona. The text of this sermon is not available.…

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