Worship

May Theme: Nurturing Beauty

Sunday, May 22 at 10:00 AM: “The Courage to Make a New Way” with Rev. Levwood

At the end of the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy clicks her ruby red slippers and returns to Kansas. But is she returning to the same Kansas?  I’m reminded that Sonya Renee Taylor has said “We will not go back to normal.”  “We should not long to return [to normal] my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.” Join us this Sunday as we explore how the many crises we face today can be opportunities for making a new way of being together in our world.

In-person and online. 

Click here to join Sunday’s worship service at 10am on Zoom. 

 Join us on Sunday at 10 AM on Zoom or in-person (no pre-registration)! 

 
Our entire worship service will air once, so don’t miss it! Previous homilies are available for later viewing.
 

View / download the May 22 Order of Service 

 
 
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.
 
 
Joys and Sorrows 
All are invited to 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 the worship leader will read them aloud during service.
 
A Note about Zoom Worship. We regularly record our Worship Services for the purpose of putting the sermons online.  In order not to interrupt the flow of the Service with the notification, we begin recording just before the Service starts.  You may be wondering about the privacy of sharing Joys and Sorrows.  Although this section is recorded, it is our practice not to keep these recordings any longer than necessary. Once the Sermon is clipped and posted online, we delete the original recording files.  Your Joys and Sorrows are only shared within the congregation at the time you share them on Sunday morning.
 
Please consider giving generously to the offering at this link before or after worship. We share our offering this month with Mamatoto Village, an organization devoted to serving Black womxn through the creation of career pathways in maternal health; and providing accessible perinatal support services designed to equip women with the necessary tools to make the most informed decisions in their maternity care, parenting, and lives. See more about this organization here.  
 

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!

 

Live Stream & In-Person Sunday Service this Week

This Sunday will be another multiplatform worship service. NO PRE-REGISTRATION!  Please join us.

As capacity concerns have not proven warranted, the request for pre-registration for our Sunday services is being suspended. You may come in person without pre-notification; a brief check-in with the greeters will continue in order to enforce COVID protocols and gather information in the event it is needed for contact tracing.

We will continue to livestream our Sunday service at 10 AM at this link.

  • Those attending must be fully vaccinated.
  • Masks must be worn at all times while inside (exceptions are made for speakers at the podium and singers/musicians).
  • No food or drink will be provided.  
  • Follow the directions of the ushers who will ensure seating with social distancing of 3’ between household groups.
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow for check-in and distanced seating.

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]