First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

Selected Sermons

We Are the Peacemakers (MP3) 18 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
January 15, 2017

Elijah's Angel (MP3) 9 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
December 25, 2016
Join us for a sharing of stories and carols
on Christmas morning!

To Serve and Expect (MP3) 22 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
December 18, 2016
In keeping with the theme of Service is
Our Prayer, what is the difference between
giving out of a sense of hope and giving out
of a sense of prayer? What happens when
what we offer does not bring about what we

Reflection on Service (MP3) 14 MB
The Reverend Samuel Schaal
November 27, 2016
The Reverend Samuel Schaal has served
UU congregations in Texas, Missouri and
Wisconsin in the practice of transitional
ministry, to invigorate and energize
congregations between settled pastorates.
He is also a stewardship consultant, with
a mission of helping congregations and
individuals connect the role of money and
spirit in their lives.

Hands Together, hands Apart (MP3) 20 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
November 20, 2016
As we begin to explore the theme of Service
is Our Prayer, we begin with the nature of
prayer itself and our relationship to this old,
old spiritual practice.

Across the Universe (MP3) 20 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
November 6, 2016
When reaching across the aisles seems
more and more diffi cult for our political
leaders, what is our response to the
divisions between us? How do we prepare
for the morning after the election on
November 8?

A Time to Remember: El Dia de los Muertos (MP3) 8 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis and Congregation
October 30, 2016
We close this month’s theme of quest for
truth is our sacrament by entering a time
of sorrow, memory, and love for those we
remember. This service is in the style of El
Dia de los Muertos, the Central American
practice of honoring the dead. You are
welcome to bring photos or small items and
add them to the ofrenda. There will be a time
for brief sharing of names during the service.
This service is for all ages. Please join us.

Myths of Handedness (MP3) 18 MB
Tina Harmuth
October 23, 2016
We search for truth and meaning. We strive
to create an environment where all can seek
knowledge in freedom. We better ourselves
and our world through learning and by
applying what we learn. But sometimes that
requires un-learning certain things - freeing
ourselves of beliefs we didn’t even realize we
held, or those that part of us doesn’t want to
let go.

The Quest (MP3) 19 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
October 16, 2016
From a 1000-mile religious pilgrimage to
boldly going where no one has gone before,
humans swap tales of the grand journey
in the search for enlightenment. What is
the liberal church’s adventure of the spirit
when the politics and social concerns are
increasingly muddy and rough?

The Advice we Give Ourselves (MP3) 18 MB
Julie Cecil
October 9, 2016
What are the things you offer yourself
and others as advice? From what kind of
experiences in life has that advice been
learned? Come and explore the roots of the
deep truths we each hold and see how our
experiences have the power to shape what
we share as imparted wisdom.
Julie Cecil is a member of First Jefferson. She
is a chaplain at Texas Health Fort Worth and is
in the Ministerial Fellowship process with our
Unitarian Universalist faith for endorsement of
her clinical ministry.

When Good People Make Bad Choices (MP3) 20 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
October 2, 2016
One of the great mysteries of the time is why people we like make decisions that hurt themselves or the world. Of course, if only they listened to us, everything would be so much better. Is this true? What about our own choices?

Happy Lessons about Loss and Grieving (MP3) 20MB
The Reverend Annie Foerster
September 25, 2016
You probably never thought to read ‘happy’ and ‘grieving’ in the same sentence, much less a sermon title. But in my experience, grieving well-done leads to healing and what could be happier than that? The big questions remain, “How do we learn to grieve well? Who are our role models and is there a socially acceptable model of grief in our culture?” I think we all still have a lot to learn.

To Dare Against the Nazis (MP3) 22 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis and Julie Cecil
September 18, 2016
Across the country, Unitarian Universalists are getting inspired by Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, a Ken Burns documentary that airs nationwide on PBS on September 20, 2016.  It tells the story of two Unitarians, Waitstill and Martha Sharp, who helped hundreds of people escape Nazi Europe.  Resisting Islamophobia and the Syrian refugee crisis today, UU congregations and individuals carry on the Sharps’ legacy to defy hatred and fear.

Seekers of Truth (MP3) 17 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
September 4, 2016
In the process of discovering the nature
of truth, the result often is more intangible
than solid. As we start with the theme of
“the quest of truth is our sacrament”, how is
this pondering a sacred act on its own?

Living The Fourth Principle; The Responsible Search For Truth And Meaning (MP3) 14 MB
Dawn Davis
August 28, 2016
Hear how this can be a truly liberating
project by someone who has done the

Ingathering Water Communion (MP3) 8 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
August 21, 2016
All are invited to celebrate the start of the
new church year with this service of return
and reconnection. All ages are welcome
to bring a small amount of water that
represents our summer experiences to be
shared during worship.

Love is the Doctrine of This Church (MP3) 22 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
August 14, 2016
When people ask about this church’s main
statement of belief, I often hear members
quote the weekly affirmation of “Love is
the doctrine of this church.” Starting with
love is great! And yet – how is love a way of
instruction and structure for faith?

Accepting and Encouraging Spiritual Growth (MP3) 13 MB
Mary West
August 7, 2016
Using the the third principle in everyday
life to connect and grow with others.

The Self in the World: A Tale of Ralph Waldo Emerson (MP3) 22 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
July 31, 2016
Emerson is often cited for his promotion
of “Self-Reliance” and the argument that
intuition is the only authority. Or perhaps his
life was a long response to the deep grief he
suffered. What might his life say to our own
questions about what we cherish?

Questions? Questions! (MP3) 19 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
July 24, 2016
This Sunday is the annual Question Box
Sermon. Do you have a burning inquiry
about religion, ethics, current events – or
something completely different? We create
the message together when you provide
the questions on the morning of the service
and Rev. Jennifer does her best to answer
as many as possible during the sermon.
Your questions also help shape the course of
worship over the coming year. Thank you for
supporting the free pulpit and the free pew.

A Voice From the Past (MP3) 25 MB
The Reverend Annie Foerster
July 10, 2016
Mary Livermore was a nineteenth century
reformer, an abolitionist, a suffragette and
a member of the Sanitary Commission.
She spoke out on education for girls, prison
reform and equal justice for all. We are
fortunate to have her here with us to tell us
why these topics were an important part of
our history and what they still mean to us

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