Sermons

Sermons and Messages

Every week our ministers and guest speakers wrestle with important issues of life and death, faith, hope, and love. Though All Souls is active year round, from September through May, our congregation is organized around nine theological themes. 

If you are interested in using a talk or sermon in your own community, please contact bjames@allsoulschurch.org.


Upcoming Sermons, Services, and Talks

Sunday, January 20

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10:00 a.m. Traditional  11:30 a.m. The Point, Humanist Hour

What Makes a Hero?

Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

I took my daughter to see her birth-mother and siblings in Alabama over the winter holiday. Along the way we stopped at the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It was a painful and poignant journey through some of the sacred places of the Civil Rights era. In Birmingham I visited the 16th Street Baptist Church where a bomb killed four girls on a Sunday morning in 1963. 
 
As we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday this year, I find myself inspired by this trip of a Caucasian father and his ten year old African American daughter in which we traveled to the heart of human inhumanity and heroism. All of our adult choirs and our children and youth choirs have prepared special music for the services. Some of our youngest have also prepared a beautiful medley of select lines from Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Come be moved and inspired to live the dream! 
 
See you Sunday, 
Marlin

 

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11:30 a.m. Contemporary

What's So Amazing About Grace? 

Carlton D. Pearson

What's amazing about the humanity of grace is that it can be expressed and experienced in and to every extreme and polarity. Dr Martin Luther King Jr was the epitome of the expression of Grace. John Newton, the author of the famous song "Amazing Grace", a slave owner and trader most of his life, experienced an element of it in a most profound, life-threatening and supposedly life-changing way.  

To some, grace is unmerited favor, and to others it's enabling and/or empowerment. Grace is a human faculty and a spiritual charisma. When the two virtues are combined harmoniously is when it becomes truly amazing, positively effecting every area of your self, your soul and your life! 

 



Monthly Themes

Though All Souls is active year round, from September through May, our congregation is organized around nine theological themes.

These themes provide a shared focus, giving our congregation the opportunity to gain greater clarity, meaning, and depth. Seriously engaging in these themes could transform your life!

Go deeper with our three year cycle of themes:

  1. Don’t miss your favorite service on the First Sunday of each month. A minister will introduce the theme. Additional services throughout the month may deal with different aspects of the theme as do our weekly Children's Chapel services and Children's and Youth programs.
  2. Attend our adult programming classes and events, Wednesday ConnectionsOnce a month our ministers hold a "Theme Talk" where they will offer their insights into to the theme and invite conversation.
  3. Check out All Souls exclusive blog, BeyondBelief.online. Engage in religiously liberal content curated from the heartland.  

Check out the UUA's article, Monthly Themes Help the Congregation Go Deeper about All Souls.