What to expect
Worship services at Silver Spring are vital, engaging, diverse, and central to our life as a community. Most visitors mention the energy they feel in the building and the people when we share Sunday morning together and that seems to be a foundational part of our experience together. Worship connects us, uplifts us, challenges us and comforts us. We are a diverse congregation, with a wide range of gifts, needs and perspectives, and our worship reflects us in this.
The mood of a worship service can range from personal to political, spiritual to practical, individual to global, and reflective to humorous, grounding to inspiring – sometimes all in the same service! We draw on world religious traditions with respect and care, and celebrate a number of holidays within the church year: the Jewish High Holidays, Samhain, Christmas and Hannukah, Solstice, Martin Luther King Sunday, Easter, Passover, and more. Our Sunday experience is one of the strengths we are proud of and glad to share with visitors.
Though the elements of a service may very from week to week, they always include live music. We have a choir, house band, celtic music ensemble and a number of gifted musicians and vocalists within our church. We also invite local and national artists to celebrate with us over the course of the year. We sing hymns from two hymnals, Singing the Living Tradition and Singing the Journey, and sometimes incorporate popular, folk, spiritual, gospel and world music into our congregational singing.
For the spoken aspects of our service, we draw on both sacred and secular texts. We also share in reflective readings, prayer, and silence for personal meditation. Most, but not all, of our services feature a sermon. Generally, these are delivered by our parish minister, Rev. Liz Lerner Maclay, but at least one Sunday a month offers a guest preacher on a special topic.
Look below to learn about and listen to some of our past sermons. Click here to visit our Sermon Archive for older sermons.
Poignant and inspiring service about appreciating fathers and fatherhood. UUCSS members Carey Schneider, Edith Salazar, Victor Medina, and Kathryn Leete share personal reflections.
UUCSS is at a crossroads. We have an opportunity to reflect upon where we have been and where we would like to go as a congregation. Recently our faith was forced to face the reality that despite our liberal leanings, issues of racial inequity impact our faith. The strife we have seen in our national…
Our annual Circle of Life worship service for people of all ages. We welcome new babies and young children into our community with a child dedication ceremony, hear from our children’s choir, and explore what lessons can be learned from being in right relationship with a horse.
Michael Holmes and the Natural Rhythms Trio (Elise Witt, Becky Reardon, & Terry Garthwaite) will lead services to introduce the month of “Transformation.” The concept of transformation is ever appropriate for the advent of Spring and the “season of all things renewed.” Nature, weather, relationships, state of mind, and even the sun’s provision of Vitamin D can…
Risk and Brokenness are the themes Rev. Liz Lerner Maclay will be exploring. What matters now, in this time of turmoil and challenge? What matters here, in this congregation that has built itself as a place for real faith and real love in the real world? A congregation like UUCSS is precious, a resource to…