Worship Service

Our Sunday service begins at 10:00am at Cole Hall, First United Methodist Church of Fremont, 2950 Washington Blvd. Nursery care is provided. (Click here for a map and directions.)

Children and adults gather together for the first 15 minutes, except a few times a year when we have an inter-generational service (where children stay for the entire service). After the service, we invite you to join us for coffee and conversation.

Click here for more information about our Sunday services.

Children’s Religious Education

Most Sunday mornings, the children of our congregation are part of our worship service for the opening words and a short story. We then sing them to their classes, which continue through the rest of the service.

When we have an inter-generational service, it is appropriate for all ages and the children are with us the entire time. However, the nursery is available for babies and toddlers, if needed.

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 the church 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

Past sermons can be found at https://mpuuc.org/worship-overview/sermons/, look for video or pdf or audio in title for services that have been saved. Upcoming sermon topics are at https://mpuuc.org/worship-overview/upcoming-services/. Press pictures below for links to selected sermons.

Rev. Jo Green, interim minister at Mission Peak UU, “Kindness in the Face of Anger”

 

Rev. Előd Szabó, minister of Unitarian Congregation in Urmos, Romania, guest speaker “Our Circles”

 

Robert Alex Jensen, who grew up in our congregation, student at Harvard Divinity School, “Who is Your Neighbor?”

The Five Hearts Mosaic

Five mosaic hearts rise above the chancel at the center of the 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 made whole is intended.

Sanctuary Weavings

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