Sunday Service Videos
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus
Sunday Service Archives
Videos of our past Sunday Services can be found here and viewed at any time. Each Sunday’s service is livestreamed via Zoom on Sunday mornings at 10am and will be uploaded here (usually) within a few days of the service date.
Unless otherwise noted, services are led by Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart along with the ministry and music staff of First UU.
Loved Into Being - April 11, 2021Faith in Unitarian Universalism isn't just an intellectual exercise: it's "heart" work. This worship experience features a sermon by UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, as well as vibrant music, storytelling, and other worship elements that will help us to grow in spirit, in courage, and in generosity.This is also Kick-off Sunday for our annual pledge drive. This year's theme is Coming Back Strong. And we are excited!
Easter: The Other Side of the Stone - April 4, 2021Welcome to First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus' Sunday service. We celebrate Easter Sunday with music, story, and thoughtful reflection.
The Other Side of the Stone
Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart
What does it mean to emerge, to come back to life? The parallels of the Easter story and the dismantling of pandemic restrictions are rich in symbolism, but how does the religious message relate to the practical? And what is left hidden behind the stone rolled in front of the tomb - and our un/belief?
Nevertheless She Persisted - March 28, 2021Do you remember when Mitch McConnell said of Elizabeth Warren, "She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." Ever since those words were uttered, I've wondered where we as UUs, in our commitment to fairness, equality and justice, are being called to persist despite appearing to violate the rules, being warned, and being given an explanation. And how does community help us to continue this commitment?
Year Like No Other - March 21, 2021Welcome to First Unitarian Church of Columbus' Sunday service. One this one year anniversary of going into pandemic shut-down, we take a moment to look at the trauma, grief, loss, and now, hope.
A Year Like No Other
Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart
The highs, lows, and forever-ness of a year in pandemic mode. We've all been affected. We've all had trauma. We've all had moments of exhaustion, exasperation, and despair. We have shown grit and determination in supporting each other and our church. There has also been a outpouring of love and the coming rays of hope. On this one-year anniversary of shut-down, let's take a moment to reflect using the lens of science and the heart.
"We Give Thanks" © 2005 The Rev. Wendy Luella Perkins www.wendyluellaperkins.com Used with permission.
"De Noche" © 1986, 1998, 2014, GIA Publications. Permission to stream through OneLicense.
"Rising Green" by Carolyn McDade, arr. Jim Scott. Used with permission.
At Home in a Wobbly World - March 14, 2021Welcome to First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus' Sunday service. This morning we explore our monthly theme of commitment through the lens of finding home in a wobbly world.
At Home in a Wobbly World
Isabel Call, Assistant Minister of Pastoral Care
With changes accelerating around us, how do we decide what’s worth hanging onto? Which ideas, habits, places, and relationships provide the stability we need in order to adapt and thrive? Isabel reflects on commitment as she makes a home in central Ohio and Unitarian Universalism after years of seeking.
-"We Are Not Our Own", words by Brian Wren; music by David Hurd; copyright Hope Publishing Co. and David Hurd. Permission to stream through OneLicense.
-"I Was Here" by Diane Warren; copyright Realsongs. ASCAP. Permission to stream through CCS WorshipCast license.
-Offertory pieces by Sue Alleshouse Richards, used with permission.
Seeds of March - March 7, 2021Welcome to First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus' Sunday service. This month, we are focusing on the theme of commitment. The take home question from today's service is, "How does your faith, your Unitarian Universalist faith, call you to work the rocky ground of injustice.
Seeds of March
The snow is melting, the ice is gone, can the daffodils be far behind? On this cusp of spring, what seeds will we plant? How soft does the ground have to be?
Text for "Surprised by Joy" by Erik Routley, copyright 1985 Hope Publishing Co. Permission to stream through OneLicense.
"Truth and Honesty" by Peter Allen, Burt Bacharach, and Carole Bayer Sager, copyright Begonia Melodies, Irving Music, and Woolnough Music. BMI/ASCAP. Permission to stream through CCS WorshipCast license.
"It's Okay" by Karl Edwards and Desree Weekes (Des'ree), copyright Reverb America Music and Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing. BMI. Permission to stream through CCS WorshipCast license.
We Covenant to Affirm and Promote - February 28, 2021The need to look at how we as UUs can address systemic racism and oppression within our movement and within our principles has been a topic of discussion for a very long time. In 2013, the first draft of an 8th principle was crafted to address this need. Today, we look at this principle as a way to "renew our commitment to this work, to hold ourselves accountable, and to fulfill the potential of our existing principles."
Beloved Community - February 21, 2021Welcome to First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus' Sunday service. This month we are talking about Beloved Community. Today's service features story, music, and dialogue on what Beloved Community means to us.
A Dialogue on Beloved Community
Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart and Don Jones
Some communities, especially religious ones, have central narratives, precepts or doctrines that hold people together, “ties that bind” as the old hymn goes. As Unitarian Universalists, who embrace a plurality of beliefs and hold no singular creed, what holds us together in shared community? Join us in a dialogue to explore the promises and the challenges of being a beloved community as First UU’s and in the broader church.
"Can You Feel It" by Michael Jackson and Jackie Jackson, copyright MIJAC Music and Siggy Music, Inc. BMI. Permission to stream through CCS WorshipCast.
"One Love" by Bob Marley, copyright Blackwell Fuller Music and Fifty Six Hope Road Music. ASCAP. Permission to stream through CCS WorshipCast.
"We Would Be One", words by Samuel Anthony Wright, music by Jean Sibelius (arrangement from The Hymnal covered by OneLicense)