Worship Service

Our Sunday service begins at 10:00am at Cole Hall, on the campus of First United Methodist Church of Fremont, 2950 Washington Blvd., Fremont, CA.  (Click here for a map and directions.)

We are having hybrid services with worship leaders and congregants in Cole Hall and online with Zoom video conferencing software. We will provide three ways to attend the service — via Zoom, sitting inside Cole Hall, or sitting on the patio outside Cole Hall with loudspeakers and a view of the worship leaders and stage.

Attendees should be masked inside and outside of Cole Hall during the service. We allow worship leaders, associates, and other service participants to be unmasked while speaking if they voluntarily disclose they are vaccinated and are 10ft apart from others who are not fully vaccinated. We recommend that people do not come inside if they are in close contact with at risk people.

After the service, we invite you to join us for conversation.

Click here for more information about our Sunday services.

Children’s Religious Education

After consultation with staff and MPUU families, we have decided that it is still not safe enough to return to our regular religious exploration programing.

We will be offering modified in-person classes for our middle and high school students (5th grade-12th grade) on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month during Sunday service. Students will go to class after the Time For All Ages segment in the Service. Classes will take place outside on the path between Cole Hall and Ockerman or the corner of Ockerman if it is raining. All students need to wear a mask and sit with physical distancing measures.

The Flaming Chalice

The flaming chalice is the most widely used symbol of Unitarian Universalism and the official logo of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and many member churches and societies., such as our Mission Peak congregation. We light our chalice near the beginning of our service each week using the following words:

We light this chalice…To remind ourselves to treat all people kindly, because we are all one family;

To take good care of the Earth, because it is our home;

To live lives full of goodness and love, because that is how we will become the best people we can be.

The symbol had its origins in a logo designed by Austrian refugee Hans Deutsch for the Unitarian Service Committee during World War II. Deutsch took his inspiration from the chalices of oil burned on ancient Greek and Roman altars. A lit chalice in the window became an underground symbol in occupied Europe during World War II to for safe houses assisting Unitarians, Jews, and other people escape Nazi persecution. Deutsch had fled to Portugal, where he met the Reverend Charles Joy, executive director of the Unitarian Service Committee. The Service Committee was new, founded in Boston to assist Eastern Europeans, among them Unitarians as well as Jews, who needed to escape Nazi persecution. From his Lisbon headquarters, Joy oversaw a secret network of couriers and agents. Perhaps 850 lives were saved, although the total is unknown.

After 1941, the flaming chalice symbol spread throughout Unitarianism in America and the rest of the world. This spread continued after Unitarians in North America merged with Universalists to form the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1961.

Joys and Concerns

The sharing of joys and concerns is an important part of our community. At the entrance to Cole Hall is a table with a book, set up for anyone who wishes to write a brief note of what is on their mind this day. These are read aloud by the minister during the service, followed by an invitation for anyone who would like to place a stone in the sand garden set up on a table before the pulpit. These joys and concerns are not expressed verbally. At the conclusion, our minister places one more stone or lights one more candle for intentions which may not even be in the room but are hidden in our hearts. There follows a prayer and meditation.

Sermon and Service Recordings

Rev. Greg Ward, our Mission Peak Minister.

Past sermons can be found at Service and Sermon Recordings. Upcoming sermon topics are at Upcoming Services. Here are links to the latest Sermon and Service Recordings:

▶️ Death by Hymn September 25, 2022

Sometimes singing an unfamiliar hymn in church can be really painful. Enough so, we may find ourselves looking ahead at the hymns scheduled to decide if we should attend on Sunday. There is an old Dutch proverb which says that ‘Trust walks in on foot and rides out on a horse.’ It’s true enough in that trust takes a long time to build. It is incremental – one good experience at a time. But since no one is perfect and, invariably, trust is tested, if not broken altogether, how is it that we choose to begin accepting new contributions to trust building after we already determined that accounting came up short?

▶️ Walking Upstream to the Original Water Communion September 18, 2022

Our annual in-gathering service – the Water Communion – is a mainstay of many (if not most) UU Congregations. This year we will look back on where it came from, how it changed, and reflect on what might be some of the most important aspects of the service to honor.

▶️ Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander September 11, 2022

In 1968, Trappist Monk wrote Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander responding to some of the horrific events on the political landscape trying to examine what sense of accountability the good citizen had in failing to make a nation safe for its people. Today, we can look back 21 years and ask ourselves some of the same questions. And one of the questions that needs an answer is how the patriotism we initially responded with has impacted our democracy.

The Five Hearts Mosaic

Five mosaic hearts rise above the chancel at the center of Cole Hall where the Mission Peak congregation holds services. These were made by Don Ramie and Patricia Osage in May of 2015, using pieces of broken items parishioners were invited to bring from home for the purpose. The symbolism of what is broken being made whole is intended.

Sanctuary Weavings

Weavings by our community minister Rev. Barbara Meyers often decorate our Sanctuary.