The sermons of the Unitarian Society of Germantown in Philadelphia, PA

11.23.14, Thanksgiving Bread Communion, Revs. Kent Matthies

“If the only prayer you ever say is ‘thank you’ that is enough.”  In our modern lives those words from thirteenth century German mystic Meister Eckhart resonate strongly.  However, at USG we offer an addition: “If the only prayer you ever say is ‘thank you’ and you give back through service that is enough.”  Together we will celebrate giving thanks and giving back to life.

11.16.14, A Vision for You, Rev. Kent Matthies

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”  This famous Dr. King quotation has become a mantra for many in our community.  The challenge at times, however, is figuring out how and where to put our energies.  Most of us have more opportunities to be of service than we could ever think of engaging.  As you listen to your soul what is your vision for your life?  What is your vision for your service to the world?

11.9.14,Do Unto Yourself As You Do Unto Others, Rachael Pontillo

We cannot give from an empty cup. While it’s important to find ways to give back and be of service in our communities, to our families, and through our work; we must first remember to be of service to ourselves with self-care, nourishment, sleep, leisure, etc. It’s impossible to fulfill our divine purpose if our own cup is empty.

Rachael Pontillo is a certified holistic health and image coach, and is an ordained minister with the International Metaphysical Ministry. She’s the creator of Holistically Haute™, bestselling author of Love Your Skin, Love Yourself, and co-wrote The Sauce Code with her husband, Chef Joe Pontillo. She’s also the proud mama of two daughters, and two bearded dragons.

11.2.14, Together to the Pinnacle, Rev. Kent Matthies

Studies indicate that giving back to community is a key element in achieving higher levels of well being.   At USG, we are committed to be of valuable service to and with our fellow brothers and sisters – as well as our sacred Mother Earth.  We serve in beloved community because of the long-term limitations of continually doing this in solitude.  Our Unity brings richness.  The thing is that sooner or later communityalways involves change, stress and conflict.  How can we be of service together with patience, care and respect?