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.
The services for June and July are being delivered mostly by members of the church with a guest preacher or two as well. Our theme for these services is “Learning to Love”
Many aspects of loving others do not come naturally to us. So what pathways do we follow as we learn how to affirm those in our lives for who they are and what they can be? What do we do when we encounter difference, or changes that occur through time and circumstance? And expanding further, what is the path we take when a practice or passion calls to us?
Look below to learn about and listen to some of our past sermons. Click here to visit our Sermon Archive for older sermons.
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.
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 governing organization concerning equity, have played out to a lesser degree within our own wall. This sermon lead by UUCSS member Charles Alexander offers one person of color’s perspective on the issue of White Supremacy and provide ideas about how UUCSS can build a more racially diverse and equitable congregation, and more fully live up to our vision of ourselves as “a progressive, warm, and energetic faith community, committed to upholding the inherent worth and dignity of every person.”
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.