Worship Services at Unity Church
During the church year (the Sunday after Labor Day through the third Sunday in May) worship services are held at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 4:30 p.m., except where noted. The entrance to the Sanctuary is at 733 Portland Avenue and parking is available in the church's lot on the corner of Portland Avenue and St. Albans Street. Map and Directions
Each Sunday, through the work of the Generosity Ministry Team, seventy percent of the offering is placed in the hands of the chosen community non-profit recipient. The remaining thirty percent goes to support of the Community Outreach Ministry at Unity Church. Offering recipients for each Sunday are listed below the Sunday service description. If you would like to nominate a non-profit to receive the Sunday offering, please fill out the online nomination form.
December Sunday Worship
December 1 • The Narrow and Crooked Path to Reverence
Thoreau once advised: “Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” Often that path is hard to find amid the pressures of daily living and a starkly troubled world. But, perhaps, this is exactly when we need to cultivate reverence the most? Join Rev. Lisa Friedman and worship associate Kara Younkin Viswanathan as they explore what a practice of reverence might offer us this holiday season and beyond.
Musicians: Unity Singers (9:00/11:00). No soup supper.
Offering recipient: Days for Girls
December 8 • Take a Knee: Witness in the Practice of Reverence
In 2016, 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem setting off a national debate about the role of witness and resistance in settings like football games. Worship associate Shelley Butler and Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs will examine the role of witness and resistance in the spiritual practice of reverence for life.
Musicians: Unity Choir (9:00/11:00), Women's Ensemble (4:30)
Offering recipient: Amicus Winter Warm Up Drive
December 15 • Love the Guest
In the season of waiting, as the cold deepens, and old comforts take hold, we do what we can to prepare our homes and our hearts to welcome the one who is on the way. Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs and worship associate Richard Lau will invite us to consider how best to welcome our guests.
Service music at 9:00 and 11:00 will be offered by the children and youth of the church. Musician at 4:30 is Gabriela Solis, alto.
Offering recipient: Sierra Leon Foundation for New Democracy
December 22 • When the Guns Fell Silent
Come worship with the whole church family! After the carols have been shouted or requested and sung, Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs, Rev. KP Hong, Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs, and worship associate Erika Sanders will pause to reflect on the spiritual courage of the soldiers who defied their orders and lay down their guns and exchanged carols, cigarettes, and photographs from home, with their enemies on the battlefields of World War I. Musicians: Unity Singers and Unity Choir
Offering recipient: Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
December 29 • Because They Were No More • 10:00 a.m. only
In his great poem “Journey of the Magi” Eliot asks; “Were we led all this way for birth or for death? I had seen birth and death but thought they were different.” Called “Innocents Sunday” among our Anglican friends, the Sunday following Christmas is set aside to recall and acknowledge the children left behind in Bethlehem when Mary and Joseph took the baby and fled into Egypt. Having always asked our interns to preach on what happens when evil comes into the story, in this, his final year at Unity Church, Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs will wrestle with the story on his own.
Musicians: Unity Choir
Offering recipient: Monarch Join Venture
December Holiday Services
Family and Story Sundays
Family Sundays 2019-20
Family Sundays take place five times each church year:
Story Sundays 2019-20
Story Sundays happen frequently throughout the church year, with children in grades 1-8 beginning in worship with the congregation in the Sanctuary. After the opening hymn, prayers, and children’s message, Workshop Rotation children (grades 1-5) proceed with their Journey Guides to their classrooms for religious education programming while junior high youth (grades 6-8) remain in the sanctuary for the entire worship service.
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