Sunday Service Library

Featured Sermon:
“Journey to the Center of the Soul” – March 9, 2014

This service kicks off a six-week Lenten series in which the 10:45 service message introduces the topic of the experiential practice at the center of the 9:00 service the next week. In her message, Rev. Nori tells how we can use the Christian ritual of Lent as a guide for a spiritual journey to the center of our souls; and she introduces Journaling as the first experiential step in that journey. Listening to this introduction is very helpful for anyone wanting to participate in the Journaling activity during the 9:00 service on March 16.

Mar. 9, 2014 – “Journey to the Center of the Soul” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 20:34, size: 4.9 mb)

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Previous Sermons

Feb. 9, 2014 – “To Dream the Impossible Dream?” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost with Heidi Cooper, Wendy Mike, and All Souls Band
(length: 1:15:56, size: 18.2 mb)

PLEASE NOTE: By request, the entire service is presented for download. This recording is NOT intended for re-distribution in any form.

Dec.1, 2013 – “World AIDS Day Cantata” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost, All Souls Choir, All Souls Band, and soloists
(length: 35:00, size: 8.4 mb)

PLEASE NOTE: This recording is NOT intended for re-distribution in any form. Because the volume of this recording varies widely from song to song, be very careful in adjusting your player’s volume, especially if you are using headphones. In particular, there will be a sudden sharp rise in volume between the last song of the cantata and the introduction to the reading of the names of the departed. Also, the last song of the cantata and the singing of the names of the departed are particularly soft and therefore have less audio quality.

Feb. 24, 2013 – “Rights and Responsibilities” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 22.28, size: 5.4 mb)

Feb. 17, 2013 – “Standing on the Side of Love” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading:  from West Wind #2 by Mary Oliver; read by Tara Pibel
(length: 19:10, size: 4.6 mb)

Feb. 3, 2013 – “For Everything There Is a Season” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading:  from the Hebrew sacred text, Ecclesiastes 3; read by Bart Weinberger
(length: 17:53, size: 4.3 mb)

Jan. 20, 2013 – “Up to the Mountain” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading:  by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; read by Tara Pibel
(length: 18:28, size: 4.4 mb)

Jan. 13, 2013 – “If These Walls Could Speak” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading:  from A History of the Unitarian Movement in Colorado Springs, Information to the Year 1901 by Mary Hamilton Stockwell (placed in the Century Capsule, which was opened in 2001); read by Rev. Jude LaFollette
(length: 16:15, size: 3.9 mb)

Jan. 6, 2013 – “New Frontiers” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading:  from A Morning Offering by John O’Donohue; read by Christina Burdick
(length: 19:29, size: 4.7 mb)
Note: The Fire Communion ceremony has been extracted from this recording.

Dec. 16, 2012 – “It’s the End of the World As We Know It by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading:  by Bonnie Phinney
(length: 21:30, size: 5.2 mb)

Dec. 9, 2012 – “Seasons of Life” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading:  by Bonnie Phinney
(length: 14:18, size: 3.4 mb)

Dec. 2, 2012 – “Let There Be Light!” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading:  from Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron; read by Christina Burdick
(length: 17:15, size: 4.1 mb)
Note: The sermon has four 10- to 20-second periods of silence after Rev. Nori rings a bell.

Nov. 25, 2012 – “Evolving Grace, Evolving Gratitude” by Rev. Michael Dowd
Reading:  from Carl Sagan and Loyal Rue; read by Rev. Michael
(length: 34:41, size: 8.3 mb)
Note: The sermon has a 15+ second period of near-silence, as Rev. Michael entertains a question.

Nov. 11, 2012 – “Hand to Hand, Heart to Heart” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading:  ”Red Brocade,” a poem from 19 Varieties of Gazelle by Naomi Shihab Nye; read by Jo Winn
(length: 16:34, size: 4.0 mb)
Note: There is a 5+ second period of silence, to observe the end of WWI, during the sermon.

Nov. 4, 2012 – “All in Favor, Say Aye!” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading:  from “The Science to Save Us from Science,” New York Times (Mar. 19, 1950); read by Tara Pibel
(length: 21:03, size: 5.1 mb)

Oct. 28, 2012 – “Bless the Beasts and the Children” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading:  from the writings of St. Bonaventure and Thomas of Celano; read by Bart Weinberger
(length: 16:16, size: 3.9 mb)

Oct. 21, 2012 – “Clueless but Committed” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Chalice Lighting: from the poem “Come Alive, Mr. Trufalump” in Born in the Year of the Butterfly Knife by Derrick Brown; read by Rick Schwarz
Reading: from a Sept. 22, 2012 Facebook post by Anne Lamott; read by Rick Schwarz
(length: 13:53, size: 3.3 mb)

Oct. 14, 2012 – “I Love You, You Love Me” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: words by Mary Lou Kownacki, OSBS; read by Elizabeth Stewart
(length: 14:12, size: 3.4 mb)

Sept. 30, 2012 – “Imagine” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Responsive Reading: #602 in Singing the Living Tradition, written by Lao-Tse; led by Ron Oliver
(length: 14:36, size: 3.5 mb)

Sept. 23, 2012 – “Mission I’m Possible” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from For a New Beginning, written by John O’Donohue; read by Heather Kelly
(length: 12:53, size: 3.1 mb)

Sept. 16, 2012 – “The Days of Awe” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: written by Elizabeth M. Strong; read by Bart Weinberger
(length: 17:14, size: 4.1 mb)

Sept. 9, 2012 – “I’m Ready” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 11:25, size: 2.7 mb)

Aug. 19, 2012 – “A Chance to Engage” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: excerpt from All Souls Covenant of Beloved Community; read by Zella Stewart
(length: 19:58, size: 4.8 mb)
Note: The covenant-signing ceremony has been omitted from this recording.

Aug. 12, 2012 – “Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from Being Human by Naima; read by Christina Burdick
(length: 25:34, size: 6.1 mb)

Aug. 5, 2012 – “Where Do You Feel Connected?” by Rev. Dr. Ellen Johnson-Fay
Reading: from Interconnectedness by Susan Griffin; read by Rev. Ellen
(length: 22:59, size: 5.5 mb)

July 29, 2012 – “Where Are We Going and Why Are We in This Handbasket?” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: Marginal Wisdom, written by Leslie Takahashi; read by Saydra Schmitz, Diane Page and Ron Oliver
(length: 18:31, size: 4.4 mb)
Note: There is a high-pitched hum in the background during some of the first 2 minutes.

July 1, 2012 – “From the Center of the Flames” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, read by Sherry Toepfer
(length: 34:13, size: 8.2 mb)

June 17, 2012 – “Summer Solstice – What We Can Learn” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from The Summer Day, Mary Oliver, read by Bart Weinberger
(length: 17:15, size: 4.1 mb)

June 10, 2012 – “The First 50 Years of Childhood Are the Hardest” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from a writing by Dawna Markova, read by Rick Schwarz
(length: 19:29, size: 4.7 mb)

June 3, 2012 – “Joys and Concerns” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from Little Gidding V, T.S. Eliot, read by Zella Stewart
(length: 13.25, size: 3.2 mb)

May 27, 2012 – “That’s the Spirit!” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from Christian Scriptures, Acts 2, read by Tara Pibel
(length: 23:02, size: 5.5 mb)

May 6, 2012 – “Shame On You!” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: On Shame and Empathy by Dr. Brené Brown
(length: 21:26, size: 5.1 mb)

Apr. 29, 2012 – “Life-Partners” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from Does God Have a Big Toe? by Marc Gellman, read by Christine Sermini
(length: 15:47, size: 3.8 mb)

Apr. 22, 2012 – “Hope for a Sustainable, Equitable World” by All Souls GSAC
(length: 57:28, size: 13.8 mb)

Apr. 15, 2012 – “Rites of Passage” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 10:41, size: 2.6 mb)

Apr. 8, 2012 – “Easter Cantata” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
(length: 13:20, size: 3.2 mb)
Note: At 03:15, there is a 20-second reduction in volume. For safety, do not adjust your MP3 player’s volume.

Apr. 1, 2012 – “Temples of the Heart” by Gini Courter
Reading: words by Patrick Murphin, read by Gini Courter
(length: 23:38, size: 5.7 mb)

Mar. 25, 2012 – “My Winter ‘Vacation’” by Lew Phinney
Reading: words by Claire Hills, read by Pop Parsons
(length: 25:50, size: 6.2 mb)

Mar. 18, 2012 – “Starlight, Starbright” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks, 1947, XIX, Sunday by Robertson Davies, read by Marie Ballard
(length: 19:53, size: 4.8 mb)

Mar. 11, 2012 – “Ch-Ch-Changes” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler, read by Bart Weinberger
(length: 20:03, size: 4.8 mb)

Mar. 4, 2012 – “Reflections” by All Souls Readers Theatre
Presenters: Bob Armintor, Phyllis Barron, Peter Camp, Bonnie Phinney, Lew Phinney, and Sherry Toepfer
(length: 35:27, size: 8.5 mb)

Feb. 26, 2012 – “It’s the Principle of the Matter” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from Our Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by John Buehrens and E. Forrester Church, read by Pop Parsons
(length: 25:07, size: 6.0 mb)

Feb. 12, 2012 – “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from from 1 Corinthians 13 NRSV, read by Zella Stewart
(length: 14:56, size: 3.6 mb)

Feb. 5, 2012 – “The Reasons for Reason” by Rev. Nathan Mesnikoff (Community Minister, High Plains Church UU)
Reading: compiled by Rev. Mesnikoff, read by Tara Pibel
(length: 26:15, size: 6.3 mb)
The text of this sermon is available on Rev. Mesnikoff’s blog.

Jan. 29, 2012 – “Resilience” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from Little Bee by Chris Cleave, read by Deedle Murray
(length: 19:23, size: 4.7 mb)
Audio slideshow by Cate Terwilliger (MP4 file, length: 8:59)
NOTE: The audio slideshow is a large file; depending on your connection, it could take several minutes to load.

Jan. 22, 2012 – “The Beginning of Love” by Rev. Jan Christian (Sr. Minister, UU Church of Ventura, CA)
Reading: by Thomas Merton, read by Marie Ballard
(length: 20:06, file size: 4.8 mb)

Jan. 15, 2012 – “Founder’s Day” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from the blog The Liberal Church Finding Its Mission by Rev. Peter Boulatta, read by Bart Weinberger
(length: 16:54, file size: 4.1 mb)

Jan. 8, 2012 – “The Great Aha!” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: written by Mary Swan, read by Christine Sermini
(length: 19:09, file size: 4.6 mb)

Jan. 1, 2012 – “Out with the Old! In with the New” by Rev. Dr. Nori Rost
Reading: from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, read by Pop Parsons
(length: 20:26, file size: 4.9 mb)


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