Swimming Against the Current

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Swimming Against the Current

In the series Why Do We Do That in the Sunday Service?, we come to the sermon.

We inherited our service format from the Protestant Christian tradition from which Unitarian Universalism is descended. It has been affectionately or pejoratively nicknamed “the sermon sandwich.” The sermon, in this image, is the raison d’etre of the service: the peanut butter and jelly, the good bit. Clearly, that’s not an accurate image given the music, silence, sharing, and other words that are so important. But what is the sermon for?

Amy leads the Time for All Ages and after the service, we weigh in on some decisions about our building plans. As for why this service is illustrated with a goldfish: you’ll just have to hear the sermon to find out.

Worship leader: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern

Special music: Artemiy Kolesnikov, classical guitar

Follow along in the order of service: bit.ly/uucpa_oos_20230219

We gather in person in the Main Hall, in person on the main patio, and via Zoom:  bit.ly/uucpa_service_1015am . In-person, we are distanced 3′ and masked for safety; proof of vaccination is required to enter the Main Hall. You may also sit on the patio if you prefer. Please sign in at the welcome table as you arrive, for the sake of contact tracing. To watch the service live on our Facebook page, visit: www.facebook.com/uucpa/live_videos.

Photo by zhengtao tang on Unsplash