December 2nd, 2018 ~ “I Believe That I Don’t Know”

Beth Atkinson, Worship Associate
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Worship Leader
Connie Schuelke, Piano & Organ

 

Readings:

“Take This Sunset” by A. Powell Davies

“Days When I Forget The Mystery”  by Denise Levertov


November 25th, 2018 ~ “Harvesting Memories”

Linda Ortiz, Worship Associate
Bonita Underbakke, Worship Associate
Greg Wimmer, Worship Leader
Jan Matson, Piano

 

Readings:

My Memory Fails Me”  by the Students of the Jewish Theological Seminary, NY, NY

Nature & Memory” by Virginia Woolf

 


November 18th, 2018 ~ “You Must Eat to Live”

Beth Atkinson, Worship Associate
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Worship Leader
Connie Schuelka, Piano

Featuring the Walden Hill Vocal Ensemble
Directed by Joe Mish

 

Reading:

“Perhaps The World Ends Here”  by Joy Harjo

 


November 11th, 2018 ~ “This I Believe”

Brianna Berg, “This I Believe”
Elizabeth Katzmann, “This I Believe”
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Worship Leader
Connie Schuelka, Piano

Music composed and performed by:
Jane Foote, Vocals & Guitar


November 4th, 2018 ~ “Love For The Republic”

Jeff & Julie Larson-Keller, Worship Associates
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Worship Leader
Connie Schuelka, Organ & Piano

 

Readings:

American Triptych:  “Potluck at the Wilmot Flat Baptist Church” by Jayne Kenyon

 


October 28th, 2018 ~ “All Souls Service: A Candle-lighting Remembrance”

Greg Wimmer, Worship Associate
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Worship Leader
Walden Hill Vocal Ensemble, Joe Mish Directing
Connie Schuelka, Organ & Piano

 

Reading:

My Dead” by Tim Nolan

 


October 21st, 2018 ~ “Authoritarianism and You”

George Thompson, Worship Associate
Rev. Jim Foti, Guest Speaker, (First Unitarian Assembly, Minneapolis, MN)
The Nodding Wild Onions, Special Musical Guests
Connie Schuelka, Piano

 

Readings:

Active Hope”  by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone

Emergent Strategy:  Shaping Change, Changing Worlds” (excerpt)  by Adrienne Maree Brown


October 14th, 2018 ~ “Your Plate is Waiting”

Mark Brutinel, Worship Associate
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Worship Leader
Connie Schuelka, Piano

 

Readings:

Red Brocade”   by Naomi Shihab Nye

The Guest house”  by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi


October 7th, 2018 ~ “Church Steeple, Open It Up”

Beth Atkinson, Worship Associate
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Worship Leader
Jacqueline Schwab, Piano

 

Readings:

A Blessing Called Sanctuary”   by Jan Richardson

Temple”  by Steven Garness Holmes


September 30th, 2018 ~ “Final Triumph of the Good”

Anne Black-Sinak, Worship Associate
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Worship Leader
Music by the 1st UU Quintet

 

Readings:

The Opening of Eyes”   by David Whyte

The Opening Doors” (excerpt) by Rev. Olympia Brown


September 9th, 2018 ~ “Water, Heal My Soul”

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Worship Leader
Joe Mish, Co-Director of Music
Connie Schuelka, Co-Director of Music
Joyce Rood, Director of Religious Education
Derik Robertson, Youth Program Coordinator
Melissa Eggler, Coordinator of Congregational Life

 


Sep 2nd, 2018 ~ “The First Few Miles of Rest”

Beth Atkinson, Worship Associate
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Worship Leader
Connie Schuelka, Piano
Rod Milbrandt, Piano
Max Milbrandt, Sax

 

Readings:

Labor Day”   by Joseph Millar

After Work”  by John Maloney


August 26th, 2018 ~ “Work & Rest: The Rhythm of Our Lives”

Anne Black-Sinak, Worship Associate
Beth Atkinson, Worship Associate
Joe Mish, Worship Leader
Music by the 1st UU Quintet

 

Readings:

Opening Words for Labor Day”   by Megan Dowdell

 


August 19th, 2018 ~ “Improvising A Life”

Amy Nelson, Worship Associate
Rev. Meg Riley, Worship Leader
Teresa Tolmie, Piano Accompaniment

 

Reading:

The Truth About Stories”   by Thomas King


August 12th, 2018 ~ “Give It A Rest”

Mark Brutinel, Worship Associate
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Worship Leader
Teresa Tolmie, Piano Accompaniment

 

Readings:

“Walking” (an excerpt) by Henry David Thoreau
“Doing Laundry On Sunday” by Brigit Pegeen Kelly


August 5th, 2018 ~ “This I Believe”

Kathy Brutinel, “This I Believe”
Jay Smith, “This I Believe”
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Worship Associate
Connie Schuelka , Piano Accompaniment

 

Readings:

Selected writings of Mahatma Ghandi
The Unity of A Community” by Dharah


July 29, 2018 ~ Being, Becoming and Restorative Justice

Rev. Terri Burnor, Worship Leader
Anne Black-Sinak, Worship Associate
Mike Anderson, Piano Accompaniment

 

Readings:

Untitled Reading by Rev. Theresa Inés Soto

“Transition Story by T. K.”  (previously published in The Reflector, the Shakopee Women’s Prison’s quarterly newsletter, used with permission)

 


July 22, 2018 ~ Unfurling A Larger Freedom

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Worship Leader
Linda Ortiz, Worship Associate
Teresa Tolmie, Pianist

 

Readings:

Straight Into Gay America” by Lars Clausen
Song of the Open Road” by Walt Whitman


July 15, 2018 ~ A Murmuration of Starlings

Greg Wimmer, Worship Associate
Rev. Ashley Horan, Worship Leader
Teresa Tolmie, Piano Accompaniment

Readings:

The Incredible Science Behind Starling Murmurations  by Jaymi Heimbuch


July 8, 2018 ~ Nobody Needs A Machine Gun

Rev. David Kraemer, Worship Leader
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Worship Associate
Connie Schuelka, Piano Accompaniment

Readings:

When I Change” by Ma Theresa Gustilo Gallardo
“Where I Lived, and What I lived For” by Henry David Thoreau

Special Music: Rose Mish and Andy Hanson

Guest Performers:
Rose Mish:   Piano, Violin & Vocals
Andy Hanson:   Guitar & Vocals

Original Composition “Red Dirt Road” by Andy Hanson


July 1, 2018 ~ Looking Backward, or Moving Forward?

Jack Gaede, Worship Leader
Laurie Helmers, Piano & Organ
Mark Brutinel, Worship Associate

Readings:

Be Ours A Religion”  by Theodore Parker

The Low Road  by Marge Piercy


June 24, 2018 ~ Singing for Change: Songs for the People

Joe Mish, Co-Director of Music
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Connie Schuelka, Piano Accompanist

Readings:

Songs For The Peopleby Frances Ellen Watkins Harper


June 17, 2018~ The Birds Take Back Their Language – Reflections on Borders & Community

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Worship Leader
Kathryn Lozada, ISAIAH/Minnesota
Jeff LarsonKeller, Worship Associate
Laurie Helmers, Piano & Organ

Readings:

Partial Clearing” by Judith Terzi

The Moment”  by Margaret Atwood


June 10, 2018~ Reflections on the Sabbath

Linda Ortiz, Worship Associate
Beth Atkinson, Worship Associate
Greg Wimmer, Worship Associate
Jaymi Wilson, Pianist

Readings:

Some Keep the Sabbath Going to Church” by Emily Dickinson

The Frog With The Lichened Back and Golden Thigh”  by Wendell Berry


May 20, 2018~ A UU Youth-Led Service

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Connie Schuelka, Piano & Organ

Readings:

Flawless  by Margaret Wheatley

Fortune by Dobby Gibson

A Litany of Restoration”  by Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley


May 13, 2018~ The Church of What We Know

Special Guest, Peter Mayer:   www.petermayer.net

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Connie Schuelka, Piano & Organ

Reading:

Earth Mother, Star Mother”  by Starhawk


May 6, 2018 ~ Murmuring Along

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Amy Nelson, Worship Associate / Connie Schuelka, Piano / John Vettel, Viola
Walden Hill Vocal Ensemble / Joe Mish, Directing

Readings:
“Maypole of Merry Mount”  by Nathaniel Hawthorne

 “Weaving Our We”   by Carole Bebelle

Chalice Lighting, 1st Service: Angie, Ash, Amani & Milan Gupta
Chalice Lighting, 2nd Service: Morgan, Kyla, Daria & Jamis Robertson


April 29, 2018 ~ Building Up A World

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Ann Hutton, Worship Associate / Connie Schuelka, Piano & Organ
Walden Hill Children’s Choir / Joe Mish, Directing

Readings:

On Gathering Artists” by Alberto Rios

 “Sorting” by Twila Hansen


April 22, 2018 ~ Heaven Underfoot

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Ann Hutton, Worship Associate / Connie Schuelka, Piano & Organ
Walden Hill Vocal Ensemble / Joe Mish, Directing

Readings:

Advice From A Tree” by Ilan Shamir /

Words of Meditation” from Wendell Berry

Chief Noah Sealth, Statement on Surrendering Tribal Lands, (excerpt; attributed 1855)

“A Poem Of Hope”   (excerpt) by Wendell Berry


April 15, 2018 ~ What the Blank? Chaos, Order and Life in the Middle

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Greg Wimmer, Worship Associate  /   Connie Schuelka, Piano   /   Joe Mish, Cello

Readings:   “Make Your Life Your Art” by Charlotte Eriksson     /     “Air and Light and Time And Spaceby Charles Bukowski


April 8, 2018 ~ Singing For Our Lives

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Beth Atkinson, Worship Associate  /   Connie Schuelka, Piano
Readings:   Songs for the People”  by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper     /     “I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman

Special Musical Guests: The Mila Vocal Ensemble (www.milavocalensemble.com)


April 1, 2018 ~ Some Glad Morning

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Ann Hutton, Worship Associate  /   Connie Schuelka, Piano & Organ
Walden Hill Vocal Ensemble & The Prairie Revival String Band!

Readings:   “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou     /     An excerpt from the Gospel of Mark     /    “Winter Is Over” by Rumi


March 25, 2018

“Dear Lovely Death”

Text version of the sermon (there was no video for March 25th due to technical difficulties)

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Greg Wimmer, Worship Associate   /   Lori Elward, Vocals     /    Connie Schuelka, Piano

Readings: An excerpt from Being Mortal  by Atul Gawande    /     Dear Lovely Death   by Langston Hughes


March 18, 2018 ~ Just a Dusting

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Amy Nelson, Worship Associate   /   Connie Schuelka, Piano & Harpsichord

Reading:  Blessing the Dust  by Jan Richardson


March 11, 2018  ~ Intersectional Justice and UUism

Pastor Danny Givens, MUUSJA Statewide Organizer (www.muusja.org)
Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Worship Associate   /   Connie Schuelka, Piano & Organ

Reading:  Dropping Keys  by Hafiz


March 4, 2018 ~ Water Through the Rock

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
George Thompson, Worship Associate   /   Connie Schuelka, Piano & Organ

Readings:  “Whether Something Lasts” by Werner Herzog  /  “The Fountainby Denise Levertov


February 25, 2018 ~ Songs of Courage and Hope

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Mark Brutinel, Worship Associate / Connie Schuelka, Keyboards / Walden Lane Vocal Ensemble with Joseph Mish Directing

Music Composed by Elizabeth Alexander [“Prologue from Kindling,” “Love is the Spirit of this Church” (with Tony Larsen), “Song of the Five Thousand,” “Let it Matter,” “Where There Is Light In the Soul,” “As We Sing of Hope and Joy,” “Go Out!”]

Readings:  Where Everything Is Music  by Jelaluddin Rumi  /  Courage  as attributed to Winston Churchill


February 18, 2018 ~ Mental Health Journeys

Greg Wimmer, Worship Associate
Paula Horner, Disability Task Group Chair /   Laurie Helmers, Piano

Overview: Courtney Lawson, Executive Director, NAMI SE Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Readings:  Poems by Kerry Rita Nolte –Depression and The Maintenance Man

Personal Journey:  Maggie O’Connell Nolte
Personal Journey: Courtney Lawson


February 11, 2018 ~ Unbreak My Heart

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
George Thompson, Worship Associate   /   Connie Schuelka, Keyboards

Reading:  Excerpt from Healing the Heart of Democracy by Parker Palmer


February 4, 2018 ~ I Am Alive

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Jeff LarsonKeller, Worship Associate

Readings:  Heart by Dorianne Laux   /   Affirmation by Assata Shakur


January 28, 2018 ~ This I Believe

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Greg Wimmer, Worship Associate

Guest Speakers:  Ethan Thompson-Jewell & Leslie Redinger


January 21, 2018 ~ Breaking the Binding Wide Open

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Beth Atkinson, Worship Associate

Readings:  Excerpt from Freedom of Belief by Sophia Lyon Fahs / Tree of Reason by Denise Levertov


January 14, 2018 ~ Lift Every Voice

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister
Ann Hutton & George Thompson, Worship Associates & Guest Speakers


January 7, 2018 ~ Angel of the Battlefield

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Chalice Lighting – Ultimate Grace by Ma Theresa Gustilo Gayardo
Reading – An excerpt from The Women Who Went to the Field by Clara Barton


December 31, 2017

Readings: Here’s to the Crazy Ones by Rob Siltanen  /  Acknowledgment of Limitations by Burton D. Carley


Christmas Eve, 2017 ~ Sing Choirs of Angels

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Text version of the sermon

Readings

  • It is the Glad Season by Maya Angelou
  • Gospel of Luke – The Song of Mary, 1:47-55 & The Birth of Jesus, 2:1-14
  • Glory Sings Here by Rebecca Parker
  • The Wake of Christmas by Howard Thurman

December 24, 2017 ~ Dark of Winter, Soft and Still

Text version of the service

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Reading – In Midwinter by Rebecca Parker


December 17, 2017 ~ Giving My Heart

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Readings: A Winter Daybreak above Vence by James Wright / An excerpt from In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti


December 10, 2017 ~ Enough for a Spark

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Readings: The Lamps are Burning in the Synagogue by Charles Reznikoff / Chanukah Lights Tonight by Steven Schneider


December 3, 2017 ~ The Slowed-Down Season

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Readings: Winter Grace by Patricia Fargnoli / Bear In Mind by John Martin


November 5, 2017 ~ A Radical Reformation

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer


October 29, 2017 ~ A Low Threshold

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer


October 22, 2017 ~ Spilling More Than Milk

Text version of the sermon

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer


Installation of The Reverend Luke Stevens-Royer, October 15, 2017
Order of Service


October 15, 2017, Rev. Karen Hutt


October 1, 2017, Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Text version of the sermon


September 24, 2017, Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Text version of the sermon


September 17, 2017, Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Text version of the sermon


August 27, 2017, Jackson Young


August 13, 2017, Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer

Text version of the sermon


Rev. Kelli Clement, July 9, 2017


Rev. Fritz Hudson, June 18, 2017


Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, May 7, 2017


Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, April 30, 2017


Manuscripts of previous sermons

Rev Fritz Hudson – Just Deserts or Just Desserts? June 18, 2017

Rev. Fritz Hudson – Passing the Baton sermon 6-11-2017

Rev. Fritz Hudson – Love’s Labor Lost (grief) sermon 5-28-2017

Rev. Fritz Hudson – What do Atheists Believe? sermon 4-9-2017

Rev. Fritz Hudson – Jihad: Faith’s Struggle sermon 2-5-2017

Rev. Fritz Hudson – Beyond Welcoming Sermon 12-4-2016

Rev. Fritz Hudson – Hope Sermon 11-13-2016