Worship Services at Unity Church

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The schedule for Church services beginning on Sunday, March 15,  has changed as we navigate the corona virus situation together.

We ask all congregants to please attend Church, until further notice, by live streaming the 11:00 am service on YouTube or by viewing afterward on our YouTube Channel. The 9:00 am and 6:00 pm services will NOT be held.

JOINING OUR LIVE STREAM

Simply go to our Live Stream page (also linked on our main page):

unityalbany.org/youtube-live-stream

When the stream begins, just press the play button.
You can also go directly to our YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxof7AFtJ6Hs6yVh6mg7CAA
After services have aired live, they will be archived on the YouTube Channel page
Note that there is a Donation Link on the Live Stream page, as well as on all pages at unityalbany.org. Please keep tithes and donations coming during this trying period! Your continued support will be vital as we go forward.

We have made these changes out of a sense of social responsibility to help in reducing the potential spread of disease. We hold and affirm the truth that the thought of sickness and the thought of lack have no power over us. God is the Source of our Good and – yes – all is well.


Our worship services combine many different elements to feed one’s soul and to unite us in Common-Unity.

Our services are live-streamed on our YouTube Channel. Hit the subscribe button there to be alerted when services go live. Our streams are then archived on the channel for later viewing.

Sunday Morning Services

With the exception of the summer months, we hold two morning services each Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 am.
During the SUMMER (from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend inclusive), we offer one morning service at 10:00 am.

These morning services offer thought-provoking talks; beautiful, energetic music; peaceful, calming prayer; and a period of guided meditation. Inspiring messages are given by our Senior Minister or occasionally by a guest speaker.

Sunday school for children and teens is offered during the 11:00 am service each week.

Sunday Morning Prayer & Meditation

meditateBetween the 9:00 and 11:00 am services on Sunday morning we offer a time dedicated to the practice of meditation from 10:15 to 10:45 in the large upstairs class room, aka: Garden Room.  Space is limited to 10.  The practice begins promptly at 10:15, and ends accordingly, so that it does not interfere with either of the morning services. Sunday morning meditation is not held in the summer months (from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) when we have just one morning service at 10:00 am.

The practice of meditation allows us to connect with the Divine in perfect union.  The practice can bring us to that place of calm and perfect peace that cultivates our soul.  We can then experience more clarity of thoughts and direction in our lives.  As Myrtle Fillmore, Unity’s  co-founder, said in How to Let God Help You, “If you would know the perfect relation of all things in the universe, cultivate the soul. It is Intelligence Itself and will reveal to you, in the silence of meditation, glories and beauties of which you have not dreamed.”

“OneSong” Sunday Evening Music Service

Evening Service PosterThen, on Sunday evenings, we hold our “OneSong” Multi-Faith Music and Meditation service at 6:00 pm.  Patterned in part after the kirtan gatherings of the Hindu and Sikh traditions, these services incorporate music from various faith traditions including: traditional and contemporary kirtan chants, non-denominational chants, spiritual and gospel songs, and original songs by our music team. Services also include prayers, readings and reflections from various sacred sources and a time for guided meditation.

Each of the three Sunday services typically lasts about 1 hour.

Click for our OneSong Poster

Wednesday Meditation

Pray and meditate with Rev. Crystal Muldrow on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 6:30-7:00 pm at Unity Church. This time of spoken prayer and silent meditation takes place in the church fellowship hall.

 


Special Guests

GUEST SPEAKERS

Thank you to all our Guest Speakers who stepped in over the last several weeks (February 9 through March 22) – Debra Burger, Heather Diddel, John Frederick, Rob Geyer, Roger Mock, Dennis Ryan and Cheri Warren!

Thank you also to others were prepared to step in as guests in the month of April if necessary: Ginger Hannah, John Welshons and Bob Sima & Shannon Plummer.

Rev. Steve Colladay, our new Transitional Minister, will be with us beginning Sunday, March 29 as we continue to navigate the Covid-19 crisis and find new ways to be in CommUNITY. Watch our website for further updates,  and anticipate that we will still be offering a Sunday morning service at 11:00 am in some format, be it live-streamed or pre-recorded.

 


 

Special Services

During the course of the year we offer a few special services to enrich your life and spiritual journey.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 5:30 pm 

red candlesRekindle the Christ light in your heart this Christmas.  Join Reverend Crystal and our Unity musicians as we sing and celebrate the birth of Christ Consciousness into our world.  We have scheduled our service at 5:30 PM so that you can participate and still have the evening free for family and friends.  Join us as we listen to the Christmas story, share prayers, songs, and light our Christmas candles together.  What a wonderful gift to give the Christ child in you!

The Burning Bowl Service – New Year’s Eve, 5:30 pm 

burning-bowlClear out the closets of your mind and make room for the life your soul desires.  Open your imagination and heart to the blessings God is offering you.  This is our traditional ritual of releasing to the burning bowl those things that no longer serve us and writing our letter to God claiming our vision of good for the coming year.
We will sing, pray and step forward into a New Year filled with wonderful possibilities for all.

White Stone Ceremony – First Sunday of January, morning services

white-stoneThis day we set our intentions (similar to resolutions) for the new year.  Rather than focusing on what we will do, we focus on who we are called to be in order to birth the emerging vision of our highest essence.  During the service, we connect with our divine essence—whatever we call God, as we are invited to ask for guidance on what our word or words will be for the upcoming year.  These words will represent our highest intention and may be in the form of a new name that will represent this emerging spiritual identity that will guide us through the new year as our high intentions unfold.  That name is then written upon the white stone that we keep throughout the year as a reminder of our intention.

Maundy Thursday Foot Washing and Communion-in-Prayer

footwashingJoin us for a simple service with a big impact.
The service focuses on the metaphysical/symbolic meaning of Maundy Thursday.
Everyone is welcome to participate in foot washing, or hand washing if you prefer. Communion-in-Prayer is done inwardly with spirit and prayer rather than wine and bread.  Guests are always welcome.
Usually held at 6:00 pm on the Thursday before Easter.

Passover Seder

sederOur Seder is a covered dish event with each person bringing a specific part of the Passover meal.  Please sign up in advance at the church to reserve your place and coordinate what part of the meal you will provide.  This is a non-alcoholic and vegetarian Seder.