Worship

During this period of physical distancing, worship services will be offered live online.

Sunday services will be on a group meeting software called Zoom. We hope many of you will go to their website and familiarize yourselves with the program. Zoom is easy and intuitive. You do not have to download the program unless you wish to, and there is no need to upgrade and pay a subscription. You can also watch this handy how-to video from the UUA.  

We have coffee hour on Zoom after the service, so keep tuned in and you can talk to your friends in fellowship!

Sunday, May 2 at 10:00 AM: “Radical Hope: A How-To Guide” with Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker

 Many of us are used to “hope” as a felt sense of positivity–something passively received from circumstances. What if hope were something we each create by how we orient and interact in the world? Join this service as we explore a practice how-to guide for kindling hope when you feel it ebb.
 
 
The entire worship service will air once, so don’t miss it! The homily will be available for later viewing.
 
 
To join worship Sunday: 
 
Click here to join Sunday’s worship service LIVE at 10 AM on Zoom.  
 
Dial-in option: 1-929-205-6099  Meeting ID:  944 2972 8392   Password: 024341 
 
 
You can also click here to add this event to your calendar so it will be easy to find when you need it. 
 
 
Coffee Hour and Greetings:  All members, friends, and visitors are welcome to stay after service (link above) for coffee hour. No need to click a different link! Simply join worship, see others gathered, and stay afterward as you desire for coffee hour breakout conversations.
 
 Please consider giving generously to the offering at this link before or after worship. We share our offering this month with Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources NOVA, an organization that helps rebuild lives and break the cycle of incarceration through its multifaceted programs for offenders and their families.  See more about this organization here.  
 
Joys and Sorrows 
All are invited to send sorrows and joys to Rev Pippin by Saturday at noon ([email protected]; 703-503-9729, leave message). Or, you can type your sorrows or joys into the chat box on Zoom during worship. We will pause to allow folks to type in sorrows and joys, and Rev Pippin or the worship associate will read them aloud during service.
 

Nursing mothers welcomeWe welcome everyone – members, friends, and visitors – to our Sunday services. Normally, students in preschool through 12th grade meet on Sunday mornings during the worship service. When the church is open, a nursery is provided for infants. See the Education page for more information.

Guests and visitors are always welcome!

Minister: Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker

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Past Sermons

We chose to practice virtual worship during the COVID-19 pandemic. All of our live services will be recorded and uploaded to the AUUC YouTube channel for later viewing. tinyurl.com/auucvideos.

 

Special Worship Services

Throughout the year we offer some special opportunities for worship. At the beginning of each church year, and periodically throughout the year, we have special Multigenerational Worship Services. These services are a time for members and friends of our community to gather together to celebrate times of particular importance in our community. On these Sundays, the Nursery is available.

Sacred Wheel Ceremonies

Some of us at Accotink find a strong spiritual source in nature and express our “respect for the interdependent web of all existence” through ceremonies based on traditions that acknowledge and celebrate the eternal cycle of the seasons. Borrowing the pattern from other traditions, we too celebrate the sacred wheel of seasons at eight points of the earth’s trip around the sun. We incorporate symbols and rituals from a variety of traditions into the design of our own ceremonies. Examples of Sacred Wheel Ceremonies celebrated at Accotink include: Fall Equinox, Samhain, Winter Solstice, Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Beltane, Summer Solstice, and Lughnasadh. Learn more.

Contribute Chancel Flowers 

We love to have something beautiful on the chancel shelf during worship services! We hope you will mark a special occasion in your life or memorialize someone who has been important to you by donating a bouquet to decorate our chancel shelf during a Sunday service. Congregants can volunteer to bring cut flowers, potted plants, a cornucopia, or another beautiful object that fits with the spirit and values of our worship. We encourage use of local garden plant materials.
See the sign-up in the church foyer or contact [email protected]