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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.

Summer Theme

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? 

Come join us next Sunday and see for yourself.

Look below to learn about and listen to some of our past sermons. Click here to visit our Sermon Archive for older sermons.

How Music Transforms Us!

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…

Here and Now

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…

I Dream A World

Today we will directly address what is leading the nationalistic impulse and dissect why our UU dream–as well as Langston Hughes’– have very different understandings of peace, liberty and justice for all. Our guest minister, Rev. John T. Crestwell, Jr. is the called Associate Minister at the UU Church of Annapolis, Maryland and Lead Minister…

Purim!

Risk and Brokenness were the themes for March, 2017.  Rev. Liz Lerner Maclay and Sarah Gonzalez, CRE lead this celebratory multigenerational service to explore the holiday of Purim. The Purim story is one of desperation, deceit and survival, but it has come down through time as a triumph of identity, humanity, resistance and courage. Though the…

Waiting for the World to Change

Listen to church member Gwendolyn Rhodes share about challenges from her life that have helped her growth and understanding that love is letting go of fear. Searching for our own ability to love and let go of fear can help us move past “waiting for the world to change.”  In the words of Khalil Gibran,…

Kirtan Worship Service

An exploration of our monthly ministry of Creation through a wide variety of Hindu creation stories and chants. Kirtan is a call and response style chanting prayer that is practiced in several religious traditions. This service was lead by Gita Krista Zember and our Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay.