Macclesfield Unitarians

Thinking Worship

  • Meeting Elmer

      Sunday’s service was led by Lesley who started by lighting the chalice flame for all who felt left out because they were different. We were then introduced to Elmer, the patchwork elephant, who was certainly different. Elmer was fun and the other elephants were cheerful when he was around but Elmer thought they wereContinue reading…

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  • On a recent vacation in Oregon I had the pleasure of attending a Sunday service with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Florence (no relation). Though the setting – a store-front premises in a small business park – was markedly different from ours, the worship really wasn’t, and we felt we were under a blanket ofContinue reading…

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  • Poem for Mothers Day

    Fiona Holland brought us this delightful poem during today’s service . . . Thanks, Fiona! If I had my child to raise all over again – I’d finger paint more and point the finger less; I’d do less correcting and more connecting; I’d take my eyes off the watch and watch with my eyes; IContinue reading…

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  • Sunday Feb 17th

    The President elect of the Unitarian General Assembly, Bill Darlison, led a terrific service of celebration and renewal here yesterday, and part of what he offered was this morning affirmation:- A reaffirmation of my belief that my life is a gift not a burden; A recommitment to the principle of human brotherhood and sisterhood; AContinue reading…

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  • Used on World Religions Day (Jan. 20th)

    Each Seeking Faith – Brian Wren No. 30 in the Unitarian hymn-book: ‘Sing Your Faith’ Each seeking faith is seeking light, and light dawns on our seeking When clashing tongues combine to pray that light will shine, And guide and gather all on earth in peaceful greeting. Each seeking faith is seeking truth, for truthContinue reading…

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  • Be gentle with one another – used Jan 6th

    ‘Be gentle with one another’ – It is a cry from the lives of people battered by thoughtless words and brutal deeds; It comes from the lips of those who speak them, And the lives of those who do them. Who of us can look inside another and know what is there Of hope andContinue reading…

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  • from ‘Theology Ablaze’ – Tom Owen-Towle . . . used on October 7th, 2012

           We’re called to live with open hands that both hold those near and serve those afar, and to live with open eyes – or as the Buddhists phrase it: to see life with ‘unfurnished’ eyes . . . that is, eyes empty of clutter and inherited furniture.      Openness means living with mindsContinue reading…

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  • The Invitation’ by Oriah Mountain Dreamer Sunday August 5th

    It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, forContinue reading…

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  • To Worship

    To worship is to stand in awe under a heaven of stars,
before a flower, a leaf in sunlight, or a grain of sand.
To worship is to be silent, receptive, before a tree astir with the wind
or a passing shadow of a cloud.
To worship is to work with dedication and with skill; it is to pause fromContinue reading…

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