Sermons by Rev. David Usher

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That’s all folks

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That’s all folks – June 5, 2016 Two years ago, UUCM was in need of an Interim Minister, so you set up a Search Party of Amy Renee Patterson, Suzanne Ferroggiaro and Keith Johnson.  The scoured the entire United States, looking for someone prepared to come to Bandit Territory of Nevada County but, alas, they […]

The Invincibility of Goodness

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“The Invincibility of Goodness”        Easter sermon, March 27, 2016 The old Jewish story tells of the old man who, every evening at sunset, walked through the village crying “Repent, repent, turn from self-seeking and serve God, for the day of judgment is at hand.”  Nobody paid him any attention.  They all thought he was a […]

Easter Sunday Readings

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Readings from the Easter Service,  March 27, 2016 Easter Exultet, by James Broughton Shake out your qualms. Shake up your dreams. Deepen your roots. Extend your branches. Trust deep water and head for the open, even if your vision shipwrecks you. Quit your addiction to sneer and complain. Open a lookout. Dance on a brink. […]

Do You Have a Dream?

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Invocation Robbie Walsh writes: Some say we get what we deserve in life, but I don’t believe it.  We certainly don’t deserve J S Bach for example.  What have I done to deserve the Second Brandenburg Concerto?  I have not been kind enough; I have not done enough justice; I have not loved my neighbor, […]

The Transient and the Permanent

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The Transient and the Permanent           January 10, 2016 In his novel, Barchester Towers, the English Victorian Anthony Trollope wrote “There is, perhaps, no greater hardship at present inflicted on mankind in civilized and free countries, than the necessity of listening to sermons.”  So prepare yourself for a great hardship to be inflicted upon you for […]

The Snail and the Hermit Crab

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The Snail and the Hermit Crab                      Sunday, January 3, 2016 A man and a woman had been married for more than sixty years.  They had shared everything.  They had talked about everything, they had kept no secrets from each other except the old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that […]

From Infant to Child

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From Infant to Child              December 20. 2015 So, here we are, just five days before Christmas.  You are all ready to observe the holiday I’m sure, to make it the best yet.  You have done all of your Christmas shopping – right? – the tree is up and decorated with sparkly baubles, the lights are […]

The Third Principle

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The Third Principle             December 13, 2015 “The thing about being a Unitarian Universalist that I like is that I can believe anything I want.”  I wonder how many times I have heard that, or a variant.  I wonder how many times, in explaining to an enquirer what Unitarian Universalism is, I have said something which […]

Good Religion/Bad Religion

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Good Religion/Bad Religion              December 6, 2015 It’s 39 years ago that I finally decided I wanted to a Unitarian minister. It was something I had been toying with for several years, but I had always managed to find an excuse not to do it. But I spent 1976 doing what seems almost an obligatory rite […]

A Declaration of Interdependence

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A Declaration of Interdependence    November 22, 2015 I need to issue a full disclaimer right at the beginning of this sermon. I need to acknowledge my debt to a colleague, Rev. Sue Phillips, who is Regional Lead for the UU congregations in northern New England, and whose article, also called A Declaration of Interdependence, I […]