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; however, during the summer, and frequently during the rest of the year, a church member or guest preacher speaks 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.
A reflection on the question “For What Do We Work?” by Interim Minister Rev. Evan Keely.
If I had to pick a single day in the history of this country that I would name as the worst day, I think it would have to be April 12, 1861 — the day Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter, beginning the Civil War. Many things have happened in our country that were demonstrably…
Veronika Martin spoke about her work in conflict zones in Asia and Africa, how her family history guided her there, and what she learned from the human connections made during these difficult times.
Even the oldest historical records, not to mention the mythologies and stories of cultures in every era, have provided narratives of how human beings cope with the challenges and opportunities of change.
Rev. Evan Keely delivered his first sermon as UUCSS’s new interim minister The start of two-year period of intentional transition at UUCSS to reflect on the core values of this faith community and renew our commitment to those values – and to each other.
When Catherine Buckler initially offered to do this, she had planned to talk about her experiences at the last two Revolutionary Love conferences. However, after viewing three videos related to the NRA ad campaign controversy, she decided to focus in on one of the ideas explored at the conferences – loving one’s enemies. See what…
The 4,000 year old story in the Book of Genesis is about two brothers, Cain and Able, who did not learn to love each other. It does not always have to be so—by working and playing together we just might learn respect, appreciation and just plain liking to be in each others company. The Rev.…
Carol Hamilton, UUCSS member and former Board of Trustees Corporate VP, discusses her experience as the sibling of a person with disabilities.
Poignant and inspiring service about appreciating fathers and fatherhood. UUCSS members Carey Schneider, Edith Salazar, Victor Medina, and Kathryn Leete share personal reflections.