Unity Church-Unitarian Sunday Services Podcast

Mar 09 2020 30 mins 26

Sermons from Unity Church Unitarian, in Saint Paul, MN


























Forgive Us Our Debts, Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs, October 27, 2019
Oct 28 2019 58 mins  
ORDER OF WORSHIP Sunday, October 27, 2019 *Please rise in body or in spirit. Gathering Music Words of Welcome Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs Ringing of the Bell PRELUDE (9:00/11:00) Round and Round (traditional round) The Earth Is Our Mother (Cherokee song) Tulla Wallace, soloist Prelude (4:30) Eintritt (Entry) — R. SchumannCall to Worship Bob PeskinLighting the Chalice *Opening Hymn (18) What Wondrous Love* Responsive Affirmation Brave Space — Micky ScottBey Jones Together we will create brave space Because there is no such thing as a “safe space” We exist in the real worldWe all carry scars and we have all caused wounds. In this spaceWe seek to turn down the volume of theoutside world, We amplify voices that fight to be heardelsewhere, We call each other to more truth and love We have the right to start somewhere and continue to grow. We have the responsibility to examine what we think we know, We will not be perfect.This space will not be perfect. It will not always be what we wish it to be ButUnison: It will be our brave space together, and we will work in it side by side. Silence Embracing Meditation Minister's Prayer Anthem (9:00/11:00) Amo (Love) — N. Gutiérrez Todo, todos, se han idoSólo me acompañan mis recuerdosCon los cuales unos ratos yo lloroY en ocasiones logro a sonreirLos amo Everything, everyone, has leftI am accompanied only by my memoriesWith which sometimes I cryAnd sometimes I manage to smileI love them (or I love you, or I love you all) Anthem (4:30) The Sky Above the Roof — R. Vaughan Williams CHILDREN’S RECESSIONAL (11:00) Children’s Blessing — Jason Shelton May your mind be open to new learning. May your lips bring truth into the world. May your heart know love, and your hands do the work of justice, as you go your way in peace, as you go your way in peace. Reading excerpt from The Fire Next Time — James Baldwin Reflection My History and Yours Interlude Offering (9:00/11:00) Con amores la mi madre (With love my mother) — J. Anchieta Con amores, la mi madre, con amores m´adormi.Así dormida soñaba, lo qu´el corazón velaba,Qu´el amor me consolaba, con mas bien que merecí. With love my mother, with love she lay me to sleep.And that way I dreamed of what was weighing on my heart.Her love consoled me, with more goodness than I deserved. Offering (4:30) Morgen! — R. Strauss Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinenund auf dem Wege, den ich gehen werde,wird uns, die Glücklichen sie wieder eineninmitten dieser sonnenatmenden Erde...und zu dem Strand, dem weiten, wogenblauen,werden wir still und langsam niedersteigen,stumm werden wir uns in die Augen schauen,und auf uns sinkt des Glückes stummes Schweigen... And tomorrow the sun will shine againand on the way that I will go,she will again unite us, the happy onesamidst this sun-breathing earth,and to the beach, wide, wave-bluewill we still and slowly descendsilently we will look in each other's eyesand upon us will sink the mute silence of happiness... Sung Response Turn the World Around We come from the mountain (ocean, fire, heartland, story, mountain) Living in the mountainGo back to the mountain Turn the world around. Dedication Reading excerpt from Praise Song for the Widow — Paule Marshall Interlude Sermon Forgive Us Our Debts *Closing Hymn (139) Wonders Still the World Shall Witness Benediction POSTLUDE Asbchied (Farewell) — R. Schumann























































































































































My Lord, What a Morning, Ministerial Intern Nic Cable, December 25, 2016
Dec 30 2016 38 mins  
Gathering Music Ringing the Bell Prelude Away in a Manger — James Murray, arr. Fred Bock Call to Worship Helen Pohlig Lighting the Chalice *Opening Hymn Joy to the World *Unison Affirmation (615) The Work of Christmas Silence Embracing Meditation Nic Cable Minister’s Prayer Interlude Reading A Christmas Poem (adapted) — Dr. Maya Angelou Interlude Reflection Mary, Did You Know? *Hymn of Affirmation (409) Sleep, My Child Homily My Lord, What a Morning *Closing Hymn (232) The Hills Are Bare at Bethlehem Benediction Postlude On This Day Earth Shall Ring — Personent Hodie, set by John Carter About the Worship Leader Nic Cable is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Religious Studies, as well as Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies. Nic received his Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2014. In the few years prior to coming to Unity Church, he lived in Michigan where his wife pursued her law degree. During this time, Nic worked full time for the UUA in Stewardship and Development, and part time with the UU Church of Greater Lansing. Nic feels blessed to learn and grow as a ministerial intern at Unity Church this year and is looking forward to getting to know the community. About the Worship Associate Worship Associate, Helen Pohlig, was raised Lutheran and explored several spiritual traditions before finding her home at Unity Church when she moved back to St. Paul seven years ago. She teaches business law seminars around the country and also does legal document review on a part-time basis. Helen lives in south Maplewood and spends much of her spare time doing various kinds of social dancing. About the Musician Priscilla Morton (piano) enjoys volunteering as the accompanist for the Unity children’s choir. She also enjoys her new part-time retirement career in counseling and the extra time allowed for hobbies like table tennis (the seniors at the Y are killer players) and modern dance. Priscilla has recently added a small terrier and two capable students to her household — all of whom add joy to her life.



FULL SERVICE: The Bark Heals the Wounds, Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs, December 11, 2016
Dec 12 2016 50 mins  
ORDER OF WORSHIP Sunday, December 11, 2016 Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs, Co-Minister Kevin Ward, Worship Associate Ringing the Bell Prelude Andante con moto — Alexandre Guilmant Call to Worship Kevin Ward Chalice Lighting *Opening Hymn (295) Sing Out Praises for the Journey *Unison Affirmation (463) Silence When I breathe in, I breathe in peace. When I breathe out, I breathe out love. Minister’s Prayer Janne Eller-Isaacs Interlude Offering Offering Music Michelangelo’s On Beauty — Kurt Knecht Readings Twenty Questions After November 9 — Marg Walker The Sycamore — Wendell Berry *Hymn of Affirmation (55) Dark of Winter Sermon The Bark Heals the Wound *Closing Hymn (225) O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Benediction Postlude Noel — Claude Balbastre Kevin Ward has been attending Unity Church since 2010 with his spouse, Jessica Goff, and children, Murray and Olive Goff. Kevin has been an English Language Arts teacher at Avalon School since 2002. About the Musicians Unity Choir is the foundation on which our music program is built and is a vital and energetic presence in our community. Its members share various levels of musical experience and a wide variety of activities and interests, all of which are brought together by their love of singing. Ruth Palmer, Director About the Offering Recipient Avenues for Homeless Youth is a transitional housing program for twenty youth, ages 16-20. Its North Minneapolis location, staffed 24 hours a day, provides basic shelter needs, meals, intensive case management, health and wellness care, independent living skills, and help with education and employment help. The average stay at Avenues is between 90 and 120 days. Avenues also manages a host family program for homeless, queer-identified youth, the majority of whom are people of color.


FULL SERVICE: Love Begins With Listening, Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs, December 4, 2016
Dec 05 2016 43 mins  
ORDER OF WORSHIP Sunday, December 4, 2016 Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs, Co-Minister Angela Wilcox, Worship Associate Gathering Music Words of Welcome Rob Eller-Isaacs Ringing the Bell Prelude Something Within — words and music Lucie Eddie Campbell; arr. Robert L. Morris ... Something within me I cannot explain. All that I know there is something within. Call to Worship Angela Wilcox Chalice Lighting *Opening Hymn Earth Moves in a Mysterious Way Earth moves in a mysterious way, her wonders to unfold She fashions beauty out of clay, like straw spun into gold I lose her voice amid the din, and clamor all around But if I listen to the wind, I hear her sacred sound And though this human enterprise, is poised ’tween hope and hell, Earth circles in her endless dance, and whispers “All is well” Earth moves in a mysterious way, her wonders to unfold She fashions beauty out of clay, our mother and our home *Responsive Affirmation (439) We Gather in Reverence Silence When I breathe in, I breathe in peace. When I breathe out, I breathe out love. Embracing Meditation Minister’s Prayer Interlude Offering Music The Heaven’s Flock (Paulann Petersen) — Eriks Ešenvalds Stars, you are the heavens’ flock tangling your pale wool across the night sky. Stars, you’re bits of oily fleece catching on barbs of darkness to swirl in black wind. You appear, disappear by thousands, scattered wide to graze but never straying. While I, a mere shepherd of these words, am lost. What can I do but build a small blaze and feed it with branches the trees let fall: that twiggy clatter strewn along the ground. And lichen crusting such dead limbs glows silver, glows white. The earthfood for a fire so unlike and like your own. Oh, what can I do but build a small blaze. Readings Sweet Darkness — David Whyte Leaf Huts and Snow Houses — Olav H. Hauge Interlude Reflection Deep Listening *Hymn of Affirmation Listen, listen, listen to my heart’s song. (2x) I will never forget you. I will never forsake you. (2x) Sermon Love Begins With Listening *Closing Hymn (226) People, Look East Benediction Postlude Allegretto — Daquin About the Worship Associate Angela Wilcox was pulled to Unity Church ten years ago by her children, after they attended one day of religious education and declared that this was “for sure” their church. They were right. Those two children, Lucy and Nelson, have now launched themselves to Los Angeles and Scotland, and Angela is focusing more of her energy on issues of equity in education and cultivating a healthy sense of curiosity of what’s next. She lives in St. Paul and is grateful that we no longer have to pay large sums of money to make long distance phone calls. About the Musicians Unity Singers is Unity Church’s auditioned, a cappella, chamber choir. Each singer’s involvement is built on a passion for singing and willingness to work towards an ensemble of excellence capable of sharing varied musical genres with the community. All singers volunteer their talents to offer the musical gift of this ensemble and are deeply involved in the life of this church community. Ruth Palmer, Director About the Music Luci Eddie Campbell (1885-1963) stands fourth in the line as one of the creators of Gospel Music. She is the first woman composer of Gospel music in the Black American Tradition. Her Gospel ballads, coupled then-current everyday language with archaic words to provide an impressive and emotional look into the singer’s mind and soul. She preferred the songs to be performed using both Gospel and European singing traditions. A good number of her existing songs have made their way into music books of almost every denomination that sings hymns. Robert L. Morris is a highly respected choral conductor and teacher. Locally he taught at Macalester College and Concordia University. He is founder and artistic director of the Leigh Morris Chorale.


FULL SERVICE: The Power of the Shared Table, Ministerial Intern Nic Cable, November 27, 2016
Nov 28 2016 46 mins  
ORDER OF WORSHIP Sunday, November 27, 2016 Nic Cable, Ministerial Intern Rochelle Lockridge, Worship Associate Gathering Music It is Well with My Soul Philip P. Bliss; arr. John Purifoy Prelude Present — Footfall If you ever wonder if I am thinking of you Watch the rain fall on our hearts It makes its mark to wash the darkness away If I ever wonder if you are here beside me Watch the tears fall on our souls Where we hold hope and love all our days And if we ever wonder if we can walk the long road Watch the sun give us this gift of the day As we make our way through the here and now Call to Worship Rochelle Lockridge *Opening Hymn (6) Just as Long as I Have Breath *Responsive Reading (610) The Journey of Love Silence When I breathe in, I breathe in peace. When I breathe out, I breathe out love. Embracing Meditation Minister’s Prayer Interlude Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing arr. Carol Tornquist Offering Music Sister, Sit on Down — Footfall Sister, sit on down. Sister, sit on sit on down. Sister, sit on down Tell me something I don’t know Tell me something about where you want to go Tell me something I forgot about to love or hope or know Make a space to let it in Take a break to start your heart again Wake up knowing that it’s easy to find yourself a friend Talk your way onto the ride Shake off the shadows of your pride Walk into the world knowing that we’re right here by your side Readings A Hidden Wholeness — Parker Palmer A Sikh Prayer for America on November 9, 2016 — Valarie Kaur *Hymn of Affirmation (1) May Nothing Evil Cross This Door Sermon The Power of the Shared Table *Closing Hymn I Know I Can Benediction Postlude Peace Call — Woodie Guthrie/arr. Footfall Open your hearts to the paradise to the peace of heavenly angels Take away that woeful shadow dancing on your wall Take to the skies of peace of friends, of the peace of one great spirit Get ready for my bugle call of peace Chorus: Peace peace peace I can hear the bugle sounding, roaming around my land, my city and my town Peace peace peace I can hear the voices ringing, louder while my bugle calls for peace If these storms fill your heart with a thousand kinds of worry Keep to my road of peace, you’ll never have to fear Keep in the sun and look around, in the face of peace and plenty Get ready for my bugle call of peace I’ll clear my house of the weed of fear and turn to the friends around me With my smile of peace, I’ll greet them one and all I’ll work, I’ll fight, I’ll dance, I’ll sing, of peace of the youthful spirit Get ready for my bugle call of peace About the Worship Leader Nic Cable is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Religious Studies, as well as Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies. Nic received his Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2014. In the few years prior to coming to Unity Church, he lived in Michigan where his wife pursued her law degree. During this time, Nic worked full time for the UUA in Stewardship and Development, and part time with the UU Church of Greater Lansing. Nic feels blessed to learn and grow as a ministerial intern at Unity Church this year and is looking forward to getting to know the community. About the Worship Associate Rochelle Lockridge was lured by the sweet siren’s song of the Unity Choir singing from the balcony in 2002. She has been a member of the choir and the Unity Church family ever since. After careful consideration she has expanded her involvement to include serving as a worship associate. Rochelle lives in Maplewood, newly venturing out to build her own management consulting business. In addition to following her passions in grand-parenting, music, and digital storytelling, she has recently rediscovered the joys of Ballroom dancing. About the Musicians Footfall is what happened when folk, punk, rock, classical and good common sense converged. If a label helps, alt country is where we landed. We hope you’ll agree but mostly just want you along for the ride. Footfall is Jim Christiansen and Debbie Cushman. We’ve been playing music together for about fifteen years. Jim plays guitar, slide guitar and mandolin. He also sings a mean harmony line and can be nudged into lead. Debbie brings guitar, vocals, piano and dreams of fiddle playing. Songwriting is shared and so is banter over covers. The day jobs pay for the gear. The music feeds the soul. Kathleen Bartholomay, a long-time member, has enjoyed a rich history of musical involvement at Unity Church: accompanying Unity’s adult choir, coordinating summer music, and sharing her musical gifts in recitals, memorial services, weddings, and other occasions. She sings with the St. Paul Vocal Forum, and is completing her training to become a music therapist. Kathleen holds a Master of Music degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. www.twincitiespianist.com


FULL SERVICE: Cultivating Gratitude, Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs, November 13, 2016
Nov 16 2016 62 mins  
ORDER OF WORSHIP Sunday, November 13, 2016 Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs, Co-Minister Heidi Huelster, Worship Associate Gathering Music Words of Welcome Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs Ringing the Bell PRELUDE Sicilienne — Fritz Kreisler Call to Worship Heidi Huelster Lighting the Chalice *Opening Hymn (128) For All That Is Our Life *Responsive Reading (515) We Lift Our Hearts in Thanks Silence Embracing Meditation Minister’s Prayer Interlude Deep Peace (Traditional Gaelic blessing) — Bill Douglas Deep peace of the running wave to you. Deep peace of the flowing air to you. Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. Deep peace of the shining stars to you. Deep peace of the gentle night to you. Moon and stars pour their healing light on you. Deep peace to you. Offering Offering Music Affetuoso (from Sonata in D Major) — George Frederic Handel Readings You Must Try to Praise the Mutilated World — Adam Zagajewski Accidents of Birth — William Meredith *Hymn of Affirmation (123) Spirit of Life Sermon Cultivating Gratitude *Closing Hymn (318) We Would Be One Benediction POSTLUDE Berceuse, Op. 16 — Gabriel Faure About the Worship Associate Heidi Huelster and her husband Josh were married at Unity in 2002, and have been calling it their church ever since. Heidi is currently working on her Masters at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she gets riled up about education policy and parent outreach. She enjoys travel, playing the piano, producing the podcast Parent Town, cooking, and seeing art. The coolest thing she gets to do is call herself “mom” to her children, Mimi, Howard, and Zoe, who pretty much amaze and make her laugh every day. About the Musicians Wendy Tangen-Foster is violinist, teacher, and performer whose passion is helping others connect through music. She is the director of Ms. Wendy’s Suzuki Violin Studio in Saint Paul where children and adult students learn to build character, sensitivity, confidence, and expressivity through studying the violin as part of a joyfully vibrant community of families. With over 20 years of Suzuki and music teaching experience, Wendy loves to travel and share her joy and passion for music at Suzuki workshops around the country. A dynamic performer, Wendy plays regularly with Rogue Tango on Sundays at the Loring Pasta Bar, and with CharangaTropical, a nine-piece salsa band with strings. Wendy makes her home in Northeast Minneapolis where she enjoys running, playing backgammon, cooking, going to art shows, and jamming with friends. Ms. Wendy’s Suzuki Violin Studio is currently accepting new students. Her studio theme this year is cultivating gratitude. [email protected] Unity Choir is the foundation on which our music program is built and is a vital and energetic presence in our community. Its members share various levels of musical experience and a wide variety of activities and interests, all of which are brought together by their love of singing. Ruth Palmer, Director (9:00/11:00) About the Offering Recipient Growth and Justice is a non-partisan, non-profit, research and advocacy organization, focused on expanding prosperity in Minnesota. It promotes policies that reduce inequality and that eliminate racial disparity, through investment in human capital and public infrastructure, by ensuring universal and affordable health care, and through a cleaner and greener economy. Unity Church member Dane Smith is president of Growth and Justice. Assistive Listening System To access the sanctuary’s assistive listening system, please switch your hearing aid to “T” or request headphones or assistance from an usher.















































































Arthur Foote Music Sunday, May 3, 2015
May 08 2015 65 mins  
Arthur Foote Music Sunday Order of Service (PDF) Individual Tracks: Please click HERE to listen to individual tracks. Spiegel im Spiegel - Arvo Pärt Words of Welcome Peace Flows Into Me - Jake Runestad Call to Worship/Peace Chant/Responsive Reading (Thich Nhat Hanh‎) Nada Te Turbe - Jake Runestad // Soloists: Brian Newhouse, Chris Crosby-Schmidt Prayer A Breathing Peace - Daniel Elder // Soloists: Cathy Crosby-Schmidt, Mary Baremore Reflection Sing Wearing the Sky - Jake Runestad // Soloists: Jeannine Robinette, Anna Meek Offering words I Am - Melanie Horn Dansi Na Kiumba - Swahili partner song Deep in the Quiet Woods - James Weldon Johnson The Peace of Wild Things - Jake Runestad Reflection We Can Mend the Sky - Jake Runestad // Soloists: KrisAnne Weiss, Teresa Tierney, Blake Morgan Prayer and Benediction Postlude Personnel ListUnity ChoirUnity SingersWomen's EnsembleChildren's ChoirWorship Associate: Marg WalkerReaders: Marg Walker, Don Lee, Brian NewhouseViolin: Nancy OliverosPercussion: Elizabeth Giffin, Steve LewisChildren's Choir Director: Kathleen RadspinnerChildren's Choir Pianist: Priscilla MortonPianist and Musical Assistant: Kathy KraulikDirector of Music Ministries: Ruth PalmerMinisters: Janne and Rob Eller-IsaacsAbout Arthur Foote Music SundayArthur Foote was minister at Unity Church from 1945-1970. Upon his death in 1999 the Arthur Foote Music Fund was created as a permanent endowment to provide an annual music Sunday in his memory. Currently the endowment supports a portion of Foote Music Sunday expenses. Click here to make an online donation to the fund and include "Arthur Foote Music Fund" in the comments section. Thank you!

















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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