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Re-calibrating Our Resources – Jim VanderWeele

Sometimes abundance is a blessing; other times, too much of it is suffocating. Most of the time scarcity feels like a desert, but at other times it is the key to freedom. In this service you will examine personal attributes, recalibrate their significance, then reflect on any area that may have surprised you, especially as the attributes are viewed together. You will also consider whether there are areas that might need further recalibration. (Begins with a reading of “A Wild Love” by Rilke.) Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister

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Deepening the Well and Drawing Support – Zackrie Vinczen

ln Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 we are reminded, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up the other…” In this sermon, we will explore how we can be of support to people in our lives in a way that challenges the solipsistic view of the rugged individual and gives us courage to face the world with confidence. Speaker: Seminarian Zackrie Vinczen

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Finding True Happiness is a Risky Business – Mike Lisagor

Do you believe in the possibility of lasting happiness? Or does this seem like something forever out of reach, a dream on the distant horizon? According to Aristotle, “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” But just what is happiness? Is it the fulfillment of our every wish and desire? Is it the absence of suffering? Is it possible to achieve happiness without taking risks? We will explore true happiness from a personal, Buddhist and psychological perspective. (Learn more about Mike at http://www.romancingthebuddha.com/)

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Maintaining Our Partnerships – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Many causes and groups, many programs need assistance. But what can you do? How can you best offer your support? And also avoid overdoing it. In this social justice message on perseverance we consider the importance of balance, of joy, and of maintaining a deep sense of one’s inner needs and boundaries. We look at a method that reaches out as it also reaches in. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s Interim minister

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Building Our Partnerships – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

When things get difficult, when the road seems too steep to climb, it is good to remember the presence of our friends, our family, our potential companions or assistants. In this relational message on perseverance, we note that not all of us can perform as soloists. Some of us fare better in a choir or a band. Such a combo can lift up a greater sound together than any of its members could do alone. Speaker: Rev Jim VanderWeele

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10 C’s of Ministry – Warren Jessop

“If I were a member of a congregation about to seek a new minister, what qualities would I like to see in that person and what priorities would I assign to those qualities?” David Pohl, a previous director of the UUA’s Department of Ministry, has asked that question and proposed a “top ten list” that we will take a look at. Speaker: Warren Jessop, Northlake member

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Jazz Funeral for 2017 – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

This service followed the format of a New Orleans Jazz Funeral. It offers an opportunity to enjoy the description of these rites of passage, and to ceremonially let go of items that troubled us in the year just passed. We were so pleased to have the Portage Bay Big Band join us for this service. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister.

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Music and Northlake – Dave Thompson

This was a Music Sunday, so the recording includes not just the homily, but also snippets of the musical numbers. In order: Hymn #368 “Now Let Us Sing”, sung by congregation; “Earth, My Body” musical round sung by our children and the congregation and led by Jenny Mason; Interlude: “Vocalise” by S. Rachmaninoff; Krista Jaffre, cello & Maria Khavin, piano; Duet: “The Prayer” by C. Bayer Sager & D. Foster; sung by Jackie Boreson & Dave Thompson; Homily: “Music and Northlake” by Dave Thompson. Choral Offering: “Frostiana” by R. Frost and R. Thompson. (The Road Not Taken, Come In, Stopping by Woods, A Girl’s Garden, Choose Something Like a Star); Solo: “Beautiful City” by Stephen Schwartz; sung by Jackie Boreson.

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Lining up our Dominoes – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

As many of us prepare to spend holiday time with family members, some who have values and ideas we share, others who walk a different path, it is good to take a moment to consider our approach to dealing with those around us, and to do so before we say, “Hell-o, it is so good to see you again,” as we await the fireworks that may soon follow. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister. [Note to the listener: During this sermon, Reverend Jim was setting up long chains of dominoes, and tipping them over….]

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Clearing Clutter for What Matters – Carolyn Koehnline

Why clear our clutter, when so many other priorities and distractions clamor for our attention? Intentionally clearing away what is no longer relevant or resonant from our homes, heads, hearts, and schedules can allow growth and clarity. As we release the clutter, more time, space, and energy become available for what truly matters. Clutter coach, Carolyn Koehnline, will share her gentle, creative, approach to this challenge. [To learn more about Carolyn and her work, www.gentleapproachcoaching.com.)

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The Ebb and the Flow – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Do you have good times and times that are not so good? Are there forces that sometimes lead you to think you are caught in a muddle? Or, a puddle? You are not alone. Many people fail to live up to their ideals. Let us explore the relevance of this unsteadiness for ourselves and also for others. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister

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When We Make Mistakes – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Personal and cultural (collusional) mistakes often lead people toward troubled times. Rev. Jim lifts up a practical guide to inner freedom found in The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It offers a skill set for anyone and everyone who are still seeking a better life than they have. Welcome to a relationally oriented message on healing, a service to be followed by three Adult RE classes on The Four Agreements.

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Healing – It Takes Work – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

In a spiritually oriented message on healing, we look at potential revisions to our approach to our bodies, our minds, our health, and our community through a commentary on texts, poems, and stories. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister.

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A Circle that Takes Them In – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Rev. Jim examines “Outwitted,” a poem by Edwin Markham for its view of an open mind, open heart, open borders, and an open life, allowing Markham’s push for a better way to bring us to a better relationship with our Earth. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister

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From the Summer of Love to Answering the Call of Love

Looking back at a critical shift in our nation’s history, 1967, we consider whether if we had “done this instead of that” things might have worked out better. In a relational service Rev. Jim reflects on choices once made, measuring them against the invitation of “Answering the Call of Love.” (Opens with celebrant Jenny Mason sharing a reading.) Speaker: Rev. Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister.

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When the Waters Rise – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

You have seen photos of Hurricane Harvey’s waters and, in many cases, felt the undercurrent of angst or obstructions. On a Sunday where Northlake takes an offering for the UUA/UUSC Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund we will look together at a special tool that can help calm our inner spirits. Speaker: Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister

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Live Loving, Love Living – Rev. Jim VanderWeele

Reverend Jim enters the Northlake pulpit with a story about himself and his ministry as viewed through his once-in-a-lifetime visit to the academy where Rumi taught poetry, philosophy, and twirling–now known as Rumi’s tomb. Come, come, whoever you are to an hour of worship and awe. Speaker: Rev. Jim VanderWeele, Northlake’s interim minister

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Inspiring Awe – Crystal Zerfoss

A shooting star careening across the night sky. A sincere religious conviction stirring truth deep within your soul. A newfound scientific discovery answering age-old questions about our natural world. Join us on a journey of inspiration as we explore the awe and wonder that moves us in our questioning and grounds us in our knowing. Speaker: Crystal Zerfoss, UU Ministerial Intern

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Martial Art of Unconditional Joy – Erika Ebbeson

Be good to yourself. If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?’. -Kobi Yamada.
This question lives at the heart of ancient, whole health practices. How do we, as ‘beacons of Love and Justice’ best fuel ourselves in any given moment? Through any kind of weather? Curious about how to live, fueled by Joy, no matter what? Good! Come share in that rich kindling as we dig deeper into these questions and the question mark itself. Speaker: Northlake member, Erika Ebbeson

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Living Joyously – Crystal Zerfoss

The theme for July is Joy. Our lives are filled with so many tasks and responsibilities, thoughts and feelings, activities, concerns, and sleep. How do we seek out joy in our lives? How do we take time to sink into the feelings of joy when they arise? Join us as we explore the ways in which joy strengthens, enlivens, and moves us to be fully human. Speaker: Ministerial Intern, Crystal Zerfoss

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