Recordings

    Recordings of Talks Series from the past

1. Ireland and Climate Change ahead of the Paris Summit – Autumn 2015 – recordings
2. Political and Social Life in Dublin in 1916 – Spring 2016 – recordings

    Recordings of Services

Dublin Unitarian Church is pleased to present free recordings of sermons, children’s stories and reflections of services from the past two years for personal use. Due to copyright restrictions, we cannot offer other parts of the service but for more recent services, we have listed the featured readings and music for your information. Due to space restrictions, we’ve had to remove older services (the recordings currently go back to January 2012) but we do still have most of them archived back to April 2009. We have listed these at the bottom. If you are interested in downloading any recordings from this section, please send us an e-mail at email hidden; JavaScript is required stating which podcast you’d like to receive. These requests are free of charge.

Due to the Unitarian service format not being set in stone, it is not always feasible to upload each podcast every week. Apologies for these occasional omissions.

All sermons are the thoughts of the person taking the service and do not constitute Unitarian teaching.

Sunday 19th February 2017
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Reasons To Keep Lent
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain The Tiger On The Cliff
Readings
1. A Present To Myself by Pat Ingolsby, read by Patrick Rogers
2. “Keeping A Journal” from “The Gratitde Response” by Tony Brady, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 12th February 2017
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Jesus And The Buddha
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Giving Advice
Readings
1. Some words on Charles Darwin, written and read by Diarmuid Harte
2. Kisagotami And The Buddha, a story found on travels of life, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “If Ye Love Me” by Thomas Tallis, performed by the church choir

Sunday 5th February 2017
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain A Clear Mind
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain A Whacking Big Diamond
Readings
1. extract from “More Heroes, Less Prophets” by Steven Weinberg, read by Oliver Power
2. extract from “Seeing Anew” by Martina Sheehan, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 29th January 2017
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain The Wrtings Of Saint Paul
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Colonel Saunders
Readings
1. Various Quotes Regarding Forgiveness, read by Sarah O’Hara
2. St. Paul’s Letter To The Corinthians, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “Let It Be” by John Lennon & Paul McCartney, performed by Josh Johnston

Sunday 22nd January 2017
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Flourishing
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain How Does This Affect Me ?
Readings
1. “A Poem For Hope” by Wendell Berry, read by Jennifer Buller
2. Extract from “The Five Stages Of The Soul” by David Carroll & Harry Moody, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “Words We Never Use” by Ron Sexsmith, performed by Josh Johnston
2. Allemande by Anna Magdelena Bach, performed by Josh Johnston

Sunday 15th January 2017
Sermon – Jennifer Flegg Identity
Reflection – Jennifer Flegg Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. two stanzas from “Song Of Myself” by Walt Whitman, read by Shari McDaid
2. “I Too Sing America” by Langston Hughes, read by Shari McDaid
2. Essay from Meditation In Christianity by R. Piehta, read by Jennifer Flegg
Music
1. “Wiinter” by Tori Amos, performed by Josh Johnston on the piano
2. “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” by Billy Taylor, performed by Josh Johnston on the piano

Sunday 8th January 2017
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Heroes
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Elephants
Readings
1. Conclusions from Barack Obama’s speech to the United Nations, September 2016, read by Doireann Ní Bhríain
2. “Right Speech” read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “We Tried” composed and performed by Josh Johnston on the piano
2. “Tristezza” by Wilhelm Statius-Muller, performed by Josh Johnston on the piano

Sunday 1st January 2017
Service of Favourite Readings & Music
Readings
1. Kings Chapters 3 & 4, read by Dennis Aylmer
2. “At The Cancer Clinic” by Ted Penzer, read by Yvonne O’Reilly
3. “Behind Our Anxiety: The Fear Of Being Unneeded”, a newpaper article by the Dalai Lama, read by Aidan O’Driscoll
4. “Begin” by Brendan Kennelly, read by Michael Barry
5. extract from “Amadeus” by Peter Shaffer, read by Denis Conway
Music
1. “Arabesque” by Claude Debussy, performed by Grace Briggs
2. “Crimson Gown” by Simon Quigley, performed by Katherine Atkinson & Simon Quigle

Sunday 25th November 2016 Recordings to Follow
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Christmas Day
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Choir Anthem – Nowell Nowell Nowell by Elizabeth Maconchy

Sunday 18th December 2016
Service of Carols & Readings
Readings
1. excerpt from Christmas Day 2009 Sermon by Rev. Bill Darlison, read by Clive Geraghty
2. “A Christmas Childhood” by Patrick Kavanagh, read by Sheila Hanley
3. Mark Chapter 2, read by Katherine Atkinson
4. “Jesus Was A Jew” by Robert Fulghum, read by Andrew Connolly
5. reading by Rob Mark
6. Why I Believe In Santa Claus by GK Chesterton, read by Frank Tracy
7. “What If The Three Wise Men Had Been Women ?”, found on the internet, read by Monica Cremins
Choir Anthems
1. “Spanish Carol” Traditional Spanish arr. Andrew Carter
2. “Rathlin Cradle Song” Words by John Irvine, Music Traditional Irish arr. Havelock Nelson
3. “Nowell Nowell Nowell” by Elizabeth Maconchey

Sunday 11th December 2016
Sermon – Rory Delany Let’s Be Fred
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain A Lesson In Perspective
Readings
1. “Where The Snow Goes” from All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum, read by Madeline Stringer

Sunday 4th December 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain A Limited Liberal
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Patience
Readings
1. From The Republic Of Conscience by Seamus Heaney , read by Snadra Walker
2. extrract from “Divinity School Address” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 27th November 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Keep Pedalling
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Trying New Things
Readings
1. Reflection from Yellow Hawk, Sioux Chief, read by Frank Tracy
2. Reflection written by Columbanus, read by Frank Tracy
3. Reflection written by John Henry Newman, read by Frank Tracy
4. Excerpt from “Maybe (Maybe Not)” by Robert Fulghum, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 20th November 2016
Sermon – Alistair Smith The Age Of Aquarius
Reflection – Alistair Smith Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Words on St. Nicholas written and read by Clive Geraghty
2. extract from “The Rights Of Man” by Thomas Paine, read by Alistair Smith
Music
1. Wir Glauben an in einer Gott, chorale prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach (organ)

Sunday 13th November 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Remembrance Day
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Rev. Bridget Spain, Dennis Aylmer & Fergus Whelan Remembrance Ceremony
Readings
1. Extracts from “What Would You Do If ?” by John Yoder, read by Paul Murray
2. A Letter From A German Soldier To His Wife Shortly Before He Was Executed, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. The Green Fields Of France by Eric Bogle, sung by Fergus Whelan
2. Lord, For Thy Tender Mercies Sake by Richard Farrant, performed by Dublin Unitarian Church Choir

Sunday 6th November 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Back To Basics
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Hats At Church
Readings
1. extract from Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live by Daniel Klein, read by Bernard Keogh
2. extract from Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind, a 1901 book by Richard Maurice Bucke, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Simon Harden (organ)

Sunday 30th October 2016
Sermon – Frank Kelly Samhain
Reflection – Frank Kelly Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Frank Kelly A Refused Gift
Readings
1. Activating Change and Warriorship from The Planetary Game by Joy Drake, read by Mary O’Brien
Audio
1. “The Real You” by Alan Watts
2. “Imagine” by John Lennon
Music performed by Simon Stroughair (organ)
1. Ich Ruf Zu Dir by Johann Sebastien Bach
2. Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 by Johann Sebastien Bach

Sunday 23rd October 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Harvest
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Doing What We Can
Readings
1. extract from “Anam Cara” by John O’Donoghue, read by Michael Barry
2. “Why You Should Not Be A Unitarian” by Rev. Tony Larson, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “Asylum Harbour” composed & performed by Josh Johnston (piano)
2. “A Celtic Blessing”, Text: Fiona MacLeod Music: Philip Moore, performed by Dublin Unitarian Church Choir

Sunday 16th October 2016
Sermon – Dorene Groocock Lessons In Life
Reflection – Pamela McCarthy Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Dorene Groocock One Things Leads To Another
Readings
1. “breathe On Me, Breath Of God” (hymn) read by Ken Smith
2. excerpt from a book by Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, read by Dorene Groocock
Music performed by Josh Johnston (organ & piano)
1. “When I Watch You Sleeping” by Mark E. Nevin (piano)
2. “Ich Ruf Zu Dir” by Johann Sebastien Bach (organ)

Sunday 9th October 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Imagine: No Heaven, No Hell
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Swapping Lives
Readings
1. “Our Attie Towards Wealth Played a Crucial Role In Brexit: We Need A Rethink”, an op-ed in The Guardian, July 2016 by Stephen Hawking, read by John Ward
2. “Tending The Secret Garden” from Shine And Shadow by Kathleen McTigue, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Simon Stroughair (organ

Sunday 2nd October 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Work: A Spiritual Practise ?
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Career Choices
Readings
1. “Our Attie Towards Wealth Played a Crucial Role In Brexit: We Need A Rethink”, an op-ed in The Guardian, July 2016 by Stephen Hawking, read by John Ward
2. “Tending The Secret Garden” from Shine And Shadow by Kathleen McTigue, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Josh Johnston (piano)
1. “In My Garden” by Mark McGuigan & Enda Reilly
2. Prelude from Prelude & Fugue No. 1 in C by Johann Sebastien Bach

Sunday 25th September 2016 Service taken by Linda Ballard, licentiate of the Synod of Munster, Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland
Sermon – Linda Ballard The Sons Of Abraham
Reflection – Linda Ballard Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Linda Ballard Two Monks And The Woman
Readings
1. passages from the psalms & personal notes, read by Dorene Groocock
2. Genesis, Chapter 17, Verses 1-8, 15-21, read by Linda Ballard
Music performed by Josh Johnston
1. improvisation on “Moning Time” by Shari McDaid
2. Romance in Ab Major by Elias Parish-Alvars

Sunday 18th September 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Reformation
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Enjoy All The Parties
Readings
1. extract from Chapter 26 of “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, read by Denis Conway
2. “The Russians Are A Rotten Lot” by Robert Fulghum, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Simon Harden

Sunday 11th September 2016
Sermon – Dil Wickremasinghe Get Birth Right And The World Right ?
Reflection – Dil Wickremasinghe Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Dil Wickremaasinghe Two Monks And The Woman
Readings
1. The Art Of Developing A Beautiful Mind by John O’Donoghue, read by Susan McKeever
2. Extracts from “The Guide To Childbirth” & “The Guide To Breastfeeding”, both by Ina May, read by Dil Wickremasinghe
Music performed by Josh Johnston
1. “Ah Leave Me Not” by W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan
2. “Joyful Joyful” music by Ludwig von Beethoven

Sunday 4th September 2016
Sermon – Elaine Harris Science And Religion: Squaring The Circle ?
Reflection – Elaine Harris Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Words on Franceis Hutcheson by Philip Moore, read by Fergus Whelan
2. Extract by Kai Krauser from “What I Believe But Cannot Prove”, read by Elaine Harris
Music performed by Josh Johnston
1. “Into My Arms” by Nick Cave
2. “Galileo” by Declan O’Rourke
3. “It Ain’t Necessarily So” by George Gershwin

Sunday 28th August 2016
Sermon – Dr. Martin Pulbrook Towards A Unitarian Theology For The 21st Century
Reflection – Dr. Martin Pulbrook Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Words on St. Stephen’s Church, read by Rory Delany
Music performed by Josh Johnston
1. “Smile” by Charlie Chaplin (piano)
2. “Hornpipe” by C.S. Lang (organ)

Sunday 21st August 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Re-writing Biographies
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Inheriting The Company
Readings
1. Extract from “Tales From An Empty Cabin” by Grey Owl, read by Beverley Figgis
2. extract from “The Lost Gospel: A Quest For The Gospel Of Judas Iscariot” by Herbet Krosney, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Josh Johnston
1. “Blackbird” by John Lennon & Paul McCartney (piano)
2. “Trumpet Tune” by Henry Purcell (organ)

Sunday 14th August 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Peace, Hope, Joy
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. “Digging” by Seamus Heaney, read by Peter White
2. extract from “The Gratitude Response” by Tony Brady, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Josh Johnston
1. “I Love You” by Sarah McLAchlan (piano)
2. “Tuba Tune” by C.S. Lang (organ)

Sunday 7th August 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain The Gnostics Part 2
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. “Pied Beauty” by Gerard Manley Hopkins, read by Aidan O’Driscoll
2. “The Many Parts Of God” by Sri Ramakirshna, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Hymns accompnied by, and interlude music performed by Simon Harden

Sunday 31st July 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Holy Mountain, Sacred Space
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Recessionary Logic
Readings
1. Reflections on the Principles of A Course In Miracles from “A Return To Love” by Marion Williamson, read by Monica Cremins
2. Extracts from “Going Up The Holy Mountain by Gary Hastings, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Josh Johnston
1. Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel) by Billy Joel performed on the piano
2. Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone, performed on the organ

Sunday 24th July 2016
Sermon – Pamela McCarthy Tending The Holy
Reflection – Pamela McCarthy Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Pamela McCarthy One Man’s Bag
Readings
1. Words on Refugees by Emily Dickinson, read by Aubrey Flegg
2. Exodus 3:1-6, read by Pamela McCarthy
3. “Prayer” by Carol Ann Duffy, read by Pamela McCarthy

Sunday 17th July 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Non Violence
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain A King with Backache
Readings
1. Patrick Francis McMahon: extract from “The Peacemenger: Dialogue with Margaret Anna Cusack The Nun of Kenmare” – read by Pat
2. The Rules of War according to the Islamic Tradition – read by Rev. Bridget Spain
3. Extract from “The wisdom of Forgiveness” by his holiness the Dalai Lama – read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 10th July 2016
Sermon – Paul Jeffrey A Brexistential Crisis
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – (No Childrens’ Story today)
Readings
1. Michael Longley “Ceasefire” ready by Moira
2. Rumi – “This being human is a guest house” – read by Rev. Bridget Spain
3. Margaret Kirk (Unitarian) – “Diversity within one faith” – read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 3rd July 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain The Gnostics
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Nazrudin and the Donkey
Readings
1. The Busy Trap by Tim Kreider (op ed piece in New York Times 30/6/2012, read by Beta Bajgartova
2. Genesis Ch 1 Verse 24 to Ch 2 verse 1 – 9, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 26th June 2016
Favourite Readings Service led by Rev. Bridget Spain
No recordings available for copyright reasons.
1. Forgiveness from “A Year To Live” by Stephen Levine, read by Ray Naughton
2. “To My Daughter Betty, The Gift Of God” by Tom Kettle, read by Tony Shine
3. “The Train” (unattributed), read by Dennis Aylmer
4. The Founding Principles Of The European Union (from EU Website) and a piece by Victor Frankle, read by Andrew Connolly
5. “Why You Will Marry The Wrong Person“, op-ed piece in New York Times May 28th 2016 by Alain de Botton, read by Aidan O’Driscoll
6 “The Invitation” by Orlah Mountain Dreamer, read by Mary O’Brien
7. Introduction to “A Brief History Of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson, read by Tony Brady
8. “The Way” from “The Path” by Michael Peuett, read by Pam McCarthy
Music
“The Little Shepherd” by Claude Debussy, performed by Dorene Groocock and Josh JOhnston

Sunday 19th June 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Looking To The Future
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – A Camping Trip
Readings
1. God Ios Alive, Magic Is Alive from “Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen, read by Carol Stafford
2. The Liberal Religious Mindset from Faith Without Christianity by Paul Racer, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
3. I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Unitarian (by Christopher Rable to the tune of I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General), read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. At The River (traditional arr. Aaron Copland) performed by the Dublin Unitarian Church Choir
2. Allemande by Christian Pertzold, performed by Josh Johnston at the organ

Sunday 12th June 2016
Sermon – Keith Troughton Star Man
Children’s Story – Keith Troughton – A Green Lady Ghost In The Chapel
Readings
1. extract from The Song Of Hiawatha by Henry Wadswworth Longfellow, read by John O’Rourke
2. The Listeners by Walter De La Mare, read by Keith Troughton
3. In Beauty May I Walk, a Navajo prayer, read by Joanna Troughton
Music
1. Sommerpsalm (Swedish Traditional), played by Josh Johnston on the piano
2. Starman by David Bowie, played and sung by Ele Ni Conbhui at the piano

Sunday 5th June 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Love
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Pencils And People
Readings
1. extract from “A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man” by James Joyce, read by Katy Hayes
2. The Art Of Greeting by Jarlath Daly from “Wasting Time With People”, compiled and edited by Alice Leahy, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
3. St. Paul’s Letter To The Corinthians, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. Prince Of Denmark March by Jeremiah Clarke, played by Josh Johnston on the organ.

Sunday 29th May 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Extracts From The Past
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Most Important Lessons
Readings
1. Easter 1916 by W.B. Yeats, read by Tony Roche
2. Extract from “Love Is More Powerful Than Any Weapon“, article by Kathy Sheridan published in Irish Times 28th May 2016, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. Desperados Waiting For A Train written by Guy Clark, performed by Josh Johnston (piano)
2. Linden Lea composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams from a poem by W. Barnes, performed by the Dublin Unitarian Church Choir
3. Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605 by JS Bach, performed by Josh Johnston (organ)

Sunday 22nd May 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Sharing Lives
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Teaching People To Be Kind
Readings
1. Sometimes by Sheenagh Pugh, read by Elaine Sisson
2. excerpt from diaries of Etty Hillersum, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
3. For Someone Who Did You Wrong by John O’Donohue, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 15th May 2016
Sermon – Shari McDaid An Open Door
Reflection – Shari McDaid Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Shari McDaid – Oporto to Georgia (adaptation)
Readings
1. “No Man Is An Island” by John Donne, read by Ed Crotty
2. excerpt from “Redemption Falls” by Joseph O’Connor, read by Shari McDaid
3. Exodus Chapter 1:1-14, read by Shari McDaid

Sunday 8th May 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bill MacMillan Be Who You Really Are
Reflection – Rev. Bill MacMillan Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Words written and read by Diarmuid Harte on entering the Unitarian Church 10-12 years ago
2. Extract from “The Great Partnership” by Joseph Sacks, read by Rev. Bill MacMillan

Sunday 1st May 2016
Sermon – Jennifer Flegg The Counsel Of The Years
Reflection – Jennifer Flegg Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Jennifer Flegg – Naaman Of Syria
Readings
1. Extract from Remembering Lives by Lorraine Hedtke and John Winslade, read by Andrew Connolly
2. Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field one Night by Walt Whitman, read by Andrew Connolly
3. Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare, read by Jennifer Flegg
4. The Nun’s Prayer Anonymous, read by Jennifer Flegg

Sunday 24th April 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Other Voices
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – You Get What You Give
Readings
1. Two excerpts from “The Unitarian Life: Voices From The Past and Present”, read by George McCaw
2. “Survival And Memory” by Itka Frajman Zygmuntowicz (from The World Religions Reader), read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Josh Johnston
1. “For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her” by Paul Simon (piano)
2. “The Boy In The Bubble” by Paul Simon (piano)
3. “Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring” by Johann Sebastian Bach (organ)

Sunday 17th April 2016
Sermon – Andy Pollak Poetry Points Us Heavenwards
Reflection – Andy Pollak Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Andy Pollak – Why The Moles Never Made It To Ireland
Readings
1. “The Parabe of the Olive Trees” reconstituted from Book 5 Ch. 10 of Irenaeus’ Against Heresies, read by Dr. Martin Pulbrook.
2. “Easter 1916” by W.B. Yeats, read by Andy Pollak

Sunday 10th April 2016
Sermon – Pam McCarthy Utopia
Reflection – Pam McCarthy Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Pam McCarthy – The Robber’s Cave Story
Readings
1. Words by Nietzsche, paraphrased and read by Alistair Smith
2. “Non-Utopian Peace” from The Home We Built Together by Jonathan Sachs read by Pam McCarthy

Sunday 3rd April 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Freedom, Reason, Tolerance And What ?
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Man On The Side Of The Cliff
Readings
1. Words spoken to Christian evangelists by Redjacket, read by Patrick Rodgers
2. “My Sweet Crushed Angel” and “What Should We Do About That Moon ?” by Hafiz, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “For The Beauty Of The Earth”, words by Folliott S. Pierpoint, music by Andrew Carter, performed by Dublin Unitarian Church Choir
2. “Close Your eyes” by Bernice Petkere, performed by Truly DiVine & Josh Johnston
3. “Hooray For Love” by Harold Arlen & Leo Robin, performed by Truly DiVine & Josh Johnston

Sunday 27th March 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Easter Sunday
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain
Readings
1. “Begin” by Brendan Kennelly, read by Elaine Harris
2. extracts from Tying Rocks to Clouds by William Elliot, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
3. Words by Victoria Safford, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 20th March 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain Unitarians And God
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Frogs In The Milk
Readings
1. “A Life Of Marvellous Grit” the story of Joseph Plunkett & Grace Gifford written by Honor O’Brolchain, published in the Irish Times March 9th 2016, read by Charles McCaw
2. “The Greeter” by Bernard Farrell from “Wasting Time With People” (anthology), read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 13th March 2016
Sermon – Sandra Walker Truth And Beauty
Reflection – Sandra Walker Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Sandra Walker – The Hare And The Tortoise
Readings
1. “For Grief” by John O’Donoghue, read by Trish Webb Duffy
2. “Self Knowledge” from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, read by Sandra Walker
Music
1. “Our Father” by John Ward, played by Josh Johnston
2. “Benedictions” by John Ward, played by Josh Johnston

Sunday 6th March 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain A Godly People
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Wise As Solomon
Readings
1. extract from “Dimensions Of Community” by Philip Hewitt, read by Jennifer Flegg
2. “At The Smithville Methodist Church” by Steven Dunne from “Why Religion Matters” ed. Heuston Smith, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “Our Father” by John Ward, played by Josh Johnston
2. “Benedictions” by John Ward, played by Josh Johnston

Sunday 28th February 2016
Sermon – Rev. John Clifford, President, General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches – Words From The President
Reflection – Members of the Coming Of Age group 2016 – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. “The Day The Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt, read by Fainne Cummins-Weiss
Music
1. “Sing” by Gary Barlow, sung by Grace McGoldrick & Lily Buller
2. “Bourrée” by G. H. Stölzel, played on the cello by Fainne Cummins-Weiss
3. “Space Oddity” by David Bowie, sung and played by Éile Ní Conbhui

Sunday 21st February 2016
Sermon – Rev. Chris Wilson, Moderator, Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland – On Preachingr
Reflection – Rev. Chris Wilson – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. excerpt from “Celebrating Life” by Jonathan Sachs, read by Oliver Power
2. I Corincthians 13, read by Rev. Chris Wilson, Moderator, Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland

Sunday 14th February 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – In Praise Of Lent
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Making Excuses
Readings
1. Words of “The Lord Bless You And Keep You” and “Let Love Continue Long” (hymns), read by Sarah O’Hara
2. Excerpt from “Seeing Anew” by Martina Lehane Sheehan, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
3. Excerpt from an interview with Dennis Potter, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “Legende” by Louis Vierne, played by Josh Johnston on the piano

Sunday 7th February 2016
Sermon – Jane Burns, Christian Aid – The Work Of Christian Aid
Reflection – Keith Troughton – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Keith Troughton – Danny Murphy, a poem by James Stephens
Readings
1. “dear matafele peinam” by Kathy Jetnil Kijiner, read by Jennifer Buller
2. “A Subaltern’s Love Song” by Sir John Betjeman, read by Keith Troughton
3. “The Lake Isle Of Innisfree” by W. B. Yeats, read by Keith Troughton
Music
1. “Sea Journey” by Chick Corea, arranged and performed by Josh Johnston on the piano

Sunday 31st January 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Europe After Christianity
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Morning
Readings
1. Extract from “What Do These Unitarians Believe ?” by Rev. Ernest Savell-Hicks, read by Shari McDaid
2. “Helping On The Island Of Samos” by Rev. Bob Janis Dillon, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “September 1913”, a setting of the WB Yeats poem by Enda Reilly, performed by Josh Johnston on the piano
2. “Shon Coco” by Wilhelm Statius Muller, performed by Josh Johnston on the piano

Sunday 24th January 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – We Need A Hard Road
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Norman And Jean On The Other Side Of The World
Readings
1. Extract from Spiritual Literacy by Nancy Mairs, read by Paul Murray
2. “Listening To The Body” by Eduardo Galliano, read by Paul Murray
3. “Three Strings For Itzhak Perlman” by Jack Riemer, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “Mud” by Buddy Mondlock & Guy Clark, performed by Josh Johnston on the piano
2. Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich (BWV 605) by JS Bach, performed by Josh Johnston on the organ

Sunday 17th January 2016
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Conversations With God
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Power Of Meditation
Readings
1. Star System by Clive James, read by Clive Geraghty
2. A Small Event In Farmleigh by Clive Geraghty, read by the author
3. “Tending The Secret Garden” from Shine And Shaodw by Kathleen McTigue, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 10th January 2016
Sermon – Tony Shine – Sin: A Redundant Concept ?
Reflection – Tony Shine – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Tony Shine – Building A Cathedral
Readings
1. Oiche Nollag na mBan by Sean O’Riordain, read by Elaine Harris
2. Gospel according to St. John, Ch. 8, Vs 1 – 11, read by Tony Shine

Sunday 3rd January 2016
Sermon – David Heap – The Gospel According To Mark Twain
Reflection – David Heap – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – David Heap – Tom Sawyer Paints The Fence
Readings
1. extract from “The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi” by Peter Popham, read by Sandra Walker
2. “Things A Scotsman Wants To Know” by Mark Twain, read by David Heap
Music
1. Improvisation on “Old Man River” and “Shenandoah” performed by Josh Johnston at the piano.
2. Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring by J.S. Bach, performed by Josh at the organ

Sunday 27th December 2016
Service of Favourite Readings
Readings
1. Discourse on Love from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, read by Dennis Aylmer
2. Extract from “I Am Sorry: The Three Hardest Things To Say” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, read by Andrew Connolly
3. Introduction to Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical from May 2015, read by Frank Tracy
4. Canticle Of The Sun by St. Francis of Assisi, read by Frank Tracy
5. “Whose Fantasy Are You ?” from A Slip Of The Keyboard: Collected Non-Fiction by Terry Pratchett, read by Madeleine Stringer
6. “Ordering A Pizza” from Naikan by Gregg Kerch, read by Tony Brady
7. “Self Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, read by Ray Naughton
8. “He Sits Down On The School On The Floor Of A School For The Retarded” by Aidan Nowlan, read by Andy Pollak

Friday 25th December 2015
Rev. Bridget Spain took our Christmas Day service. We can only offer apologies as the service was inadvertently not recorded.
Readings
1. Always Wanted A Cuckoo Clock, an extract from All I Ever Really Needed To know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum, read by Bernard Keogh (most of it posted here)
2. “The Moment of Magic” by Victgoria Safford, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “in Praise Of Christmas” Traditional Irish arr. Josh Johnston, performed by the Unitarian Church Choir
2. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” (organ solo / improvisation)

Sunday 20th December 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Old Souls
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Emperor’s New Clothes
Readings
1. Ithaca by C. P. Cavafy, read by David Heap
2. Extract from Graduation Speech of Jake Bailey, Senior Monitor at Christchurch Boys High School, New Zealand, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 13th December 2015
Service of Carols & Readings
Readings
1. Luke Ch 2 Verses 1 – 20, read by Frank Kelly
2. “Twas the night before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore, read by Andy Pollak
3. Matthew Ch 2 Verses1 – 12, read by Katherine Atkinson
4. “A Precocious Child” by Maeve Binchy, read by Aidan O’ Driscoll
5. “The missing €5 note” (anonymous), read by Trish Webb-Duffy
6. “Hark the Hairy Angles Sing” by Robert Fulghum, read by Denis Conway
7. “The journey of the Magi” by TS Elliot, read by Doireann Ni Bhriain
8. “Why I believe in Santa claus” by GK Chesterton, read by Jane Meredith.
Carols
1. Once In Royal David’s City
2. On Christmas Night All Christians Sing
3. Away In A Manger
4. Silent Night
5. O Little Town OF Bethlehem
6. Good King Wenceslas
7. Joy To The World
Choir Anthems
1. The Praise Of Christmas
2. On This, The Christmas Morn

Sunday 6th December 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Trinity Reassessed
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Zen & The Samurai
Readings
1. “Walk Slowly” by Danna Faulds, read by Mary O’Brien
2. “A Leap Of Faith” by Sandy Penny, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music played by Josh Johnston (organ & piano)
1. Creche Lights Flicker (Christmas reflection)
2. Trumpet Tune – Henry Purcell

Sunday 29th November 2015
Sermon – Oisin Coughlan, Friends Of The Earth – Climate Change Paris 2015
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Getting Rid Of The Dandelions
Readings
1. exceerpt from “Sailing For Home” by Theo Dorgan, read by Michael Barry
2. Chief Seattle’s Reply to President Franklin Pierce, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music played by Josh Johnston (piano)
1. Wild Mountain Thyme

Sunday 22nd November 2015
Sermon – Frank Kelly – The Pursuit Of Happiness
Reflection – Frank Kelly – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Frank Kelly – Small Problems Blocking The Sun
Readings
1. Words of reflection from Singing The Living Tradition, read by John Ward
2. audio of a video featuring the thoughts of Dr. Maya Angelou from YouTube
Music played by Josh Johnston (organ & piano)
1. How Great Thou Art, Traditional Swedish melody
2. Hornpipe

Sunday 15th November 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Who Am I Working For ?
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Four Words To Lead Your Life By
Readings
1. excerpt from “Out Of Africa” by Karen Blixen, read by Mark O’Sullivan
2. Extract from “The Prophet” by Kahlili Gibran, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music played by Josh Johnston (organ)
The recorded music was “Always Somewhere” by Krista Detor from her 2014 CD, “Flat Earth Diary”

Sunday 8th November 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Remembrance Sunday
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service including our Remembrance Day Ceremony
Readings
1. “On The Hills And Mountains” from “Mindful Walking” by Hugh O’Donovan, read by Noli Russell-Klein
2. Extract from “All Quiet On The Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music played by Simon Stroughair (organ), Fergus Whelan (voice) and Simon Quigloey (piano)

Sunday 1st November 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Samhain
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Stripy Socks
Readings
1. “In Flanders Fields” b John McCrae, read by Nuala Kelly
2. “Farewell Message left by Edward Carpenter to be Read over his Grave” found on Dinner With Walt, a website about Walt Whitman (but written by Edward Carpenter) read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 25th October 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bill McMillan – Doubt
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain & Rev. Bill McMillan – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – God Wears A Hat
Membership Ceremony 2015
Readings
1. “No Man Is An Island” by John Donne, read by Dorene Groocock
2. “Interconnections” by Sister Stanislous Kennedy, read by Dorene Groocock
3. Gospel according to Mark Ch. 9, read by Rev. Bill McMillan
4. Extract from “The Great Partnership” by Lord Jonathan Sachs, read by Rev. Bill McMillan

Sunday 18th October 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Leadership Lessons From Moses
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. “Swallow” and “Red Bird” by Mary Oliver, read by Beverly Figgis
2. “Gull And Wave” by Colum Mac Eoin, read by Beverly Figgis
3. Two Extracts from “Overcoming Life’s Disappointment” by Harold Kushnar, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 11th October 2015
Sermon – Keith Troughton – What Next ?
Reflection – Keith Troughton – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Keith Troughton – The Glass
Readings
1. Extract from Introduction to “What Do These Unitarians Believe ?” (a collection of sermons by Rev. Ernest Savell Hicks by Rev. Bill McMillan, read by Rory Delaney. Rev. Savell Hicks was minister at Dublin Unitarian Church for 50 years during the 20th Century.
2. “The Good” by Brendan Kennelly, read by Keith Troughton

Sunday 4th October 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison – The Perennial Spirituality
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – A Crowded House
Readings
1. from introduction to “The Age Of Reason” by Thomas Payne, read by Fergus Whelan
2. extract from Letter From Seneca To Lucilius, read by Rev. Bill Darlison
Music performed by Josh Johnston (organ)
1. Te Deum by Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Sunday 27th September 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison – This changes Everything
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – The Magic Stone
Readings
1. excerpt from “Famine, Affluence And Morality” by Peter Singer, read by Tom McEnaney
2. excerpt from “Shine And Shadow” by Kathleen McTigue, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 20th September 2015 – Sunday Miscellany
This week, instead of the traditional service format, we had a service of listening to specially chosen musical selections. The person who chose the piece of music spoke for a few minutes about why the piece of music meant so much to them.
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Searching For The Truth
Music Chosen
1. “Blackbird” by The Beatles, chosen by Robert McLaughlin
2. “I Feel I Should Be Calling You” by Mick Hanly, chosen by Tony Brady
3. “Days” by The Kinks, chosen by Karen O’Connor
4. “Libera Me” from Requiem by Gabriel Faure, chosen by Dorene Groocock
5. Final movement from Pastoral Symphony by Ludvig von Beethoven, chosen by Monica Cremins
Reading
1. Desiderata by Max Ehrmann, read by Frank Tracey
2. “Listening To Our Song” by Margaret Beard, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 13th September 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Our Father
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. excerpt from “Famine, Affluence And Morality” by Peter Singer, read by Tom McEnaney
2. excerpt from “Shine And Shadow” by Kathleen McTigue, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Josh Johnston (piano)
1. Canadh na nGéanna (Traditional Irish)

Sunday 6th September 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Five Stage Of The Soul
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Little Prince
Readings
1. Leçons des Ténèbres by Clive James, read by Clive Geraghty
2. excerpt from “The Five Stages Of The Soul” by Harry Moody & David Carroll
Music
1. Improvisation on “The Sun That Shines” (hymn in Singing The Living Tradition)
2. Cornet Tune (composer unknown)

Sunday 30th August 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Teaching Of The Apostles
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Hare And The Tortoise – A Retelling
And a special notice from Josh Johnston, organist and director of music at the church.
Readings
1. Miracles by Walt Whitman, read by Ken Smith
2. notes on the writing of “The Gospel According To Jesus, Queen of Heaven” by its writer, Jo Clifford, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Josh Johnston (piano)
1. Till There Was You by Meredith Wilson
2. Main Theme from Cinema Paradiso by Ennio Morricone
3. Prelude from Prelude & Fugue in C Major by JS Bach (on the organ)

Sunday 23rd August 2015
Sermon – Pam McCarthy – The Thing About Feathers
Reflection – Pam McCarthy – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Pam McCarthy – The Magic Bird
Readings
1. “Hope Is The Thing With Feathers” by Emily Dickinson, read by Pamela McCarthy
2. Three Marbles by W. E. Peterson, read by Richard Mansfield
3. Extract from “Overcoming Life’s Disappointments” by Harold S. Kushner, read by Pamela McCarthy
Music
I Can’t Wait by Kieran Kane, Sean Locke & Caludia Scott performed by Josh Johnston
High And Dry by Radiohead performed by Will O’Connell
Sunset On The Mississippi by Bruce Cockburn performed by Josh Johnston

Sunday 16th August 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Care Of The Soul
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Before Shoes
Readings
1. “Mow The Lawn” by Roger Cohen (op ed piece New York Times June 12 2015), read by Aidan O’Donnell
2. Extract from “Seeing Anew” by Martina Lehane Sheehan, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Josh Johnston (piano)
1. Sommerpsalm (traditional Swedish)
2. Life is More Perfect Than Gold (Roesy) – for more info visit www.roesy.net
3. Shon Coco (Wilhelm Statius-Muller)

Sunday 9th August 2015
Sermon – Rev. Marti Keller – The Magic Of Tidying Up
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget spain – Two Different Routes Through Life
Readings
1. “Of Good And Evil” from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, read by Heather Rudd
2. “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Breathnach, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
3. excerpt from “The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Josh Johnston (piano)
1. An Chuilfhionn (traditional Irish)
2. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Paul Simon)
3. Trumpet Tune (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)

Sunday 2nd August 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – An Unending Search
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. “I See You Dancing, Father” by Brendan Kennelly, read by Aubrey Flegg
2. “The Endless Search For The Divine” by Rev. David Usher, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 26th July 2015
Service of Favourite Readings, Music & Hymns
Facilitator – Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 19th July 2015
Sermon – Dr. Martin Pulbrooks – Two Parables Of Success And Failure
Reflection – Dr. Martin Pulbrook – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. A quote from the Dalai Lama, read by Monica Cremins
2. Excerpt from “When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough” by Harold Kushner, read by Monica Cremins
3. “What Does Glastonbury Mean To Us Today ?” by William of Malmesbury, read by Dr. Martin Pulbrook

Sunday 12th July 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Our Blue Boat Home
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1.”Everything Has Been Plundered” by Anna Khmatova, read by Andy Pollak
2. Ambekhar’s Choice, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by the choir of First Unitarian Church, Portland, Oregon
1. Wana Baraka, Traditional African arr. Shawn Kirchner
2. Beati Quorum by Charles Villeus Stanford
3. Ave Maria by Kevin Memley
4. Blue Skies by Irving Berlin

Sunday 5th July 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Early Christianity
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. from The Future Of Hope (speech from 1995) by Václav Havel, read by Beta Bajgartova
2. True Wisdom by Kathleen McTigue, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 28th June 2015
Immediately prior to the service this week, the congregation were given a piece of paper. On one side was a congregational prayer which was read during the service and is featured in the “Reflections” podcast. On the other side of the page were the words;-

“I Wish You Peace Of Mind. I Wish You Enough. I Wish You . . . . . . . . .”

More info on this during the sermon.
Sermon – Madeleine Stringer – Let’s Do Religion
Reflection – Madeleine Stringer – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Madeleine Stringer – Shipwrecked On The Island
Readings
1. Tsu Indian prayer from “Prayers of a Planetary Pilgrim”, read by Carol Stafford
2. “I Wish You Enough” by Bob Perks, read by Madeleine Stringer
Music performed by Josh Johnston at the piano
Sommerpsalm (Swedish traditional)
I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls by Michael William Balfe
Wishing And Hoping by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Dreaming My Dreams by Allen Reynolds
Speaking With The Angel by Ron Sexsmith
Peace (Nightsong 1) by Josh Johnston

Sunday 21st June 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – I Wish You . . . .
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – He Sleeps Well In A Storm
Readings
1. “Thoughts on Loss” by John O’Donoghue, read by Pat O’Donoghue
2. Excerpts from “Spiritual Direction And The Gay Person” by James Emperor, read by Ciaran McKinney
3. “I Wish You Enough” by Bob Perks read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 14th June 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Our Anniversary Service
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Banana Experiment
Readings
1. “Under Ben Bulben” by William Butler Yeats, read by Denis Conway
2. “Remember The Rock” by Martin Whittle, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 7th June 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – One God
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Colours Of The World
Readings
1.Extracts on Prayer and Religion from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, read by Madeline Stringer
2. Words by Martin Lewis of the Progressive Jewish community in Dublin

Sunday 31st May 2015
Sermon – Elaine Harris – 365 Days Of Gratitude
Reflection – Elaine Harris, Michael, Grace, Gavin & Naoise Barry – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Michael Barry – Everything I Needed To Know I Learnt At Kindergarten, a story by Robert Fulghum
Readings
1. “Garden Meditations” by Rev. Max Cootes, read by Elaine Harris
2. “All I Need To Know I Learnt At Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum, read by Michael Barry
3. “Beannacht” by John O’Donoghue, read by Michael Barry
Music performed by Josh Johnston at the organ
1. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Traditional arranged Josh Johnston
2. Carolan’s Cconcerto by Turlough O’Carolan, arranged by Josh Johnston

Sunday 24th May 2015
Our service was led by Alistair Bell who is currently studying for ministry through the Synod of Munster of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland
Sermon – Alistair Bell – Faith, Hope And Love
Reflection – Alistair Bell – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Is This A Man ? by Primo Levi, read by John O’Rourke
2. Corinthians I Chapter 13, read by Alistair Bell
Music performed by Josh Johnston at the piano
1. Tristezza by Wilhelm Statius-Muller
2. Only Love Is Real by Roesy
3. improvisation on Love Unknnown by John Ireland
4. Antillean Dance by Wilhelm Statius-Muller

Sunday 17th May 2015
Our service was led by Mike O’Sullivan from Cork, a congregation member at Cork Unitarian Church, who is currently studying for ministry through the Synod of Munster of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland
Sermon – Mike O’Sullivan – A Tale Of Two Churches
Reflection – Mike O’Sullivan – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Mike O’Sullivan – Grasshopper And The Ant
Readings
1. “Speech by Portia” from The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare, read by Katie Hayes
2. Article by Marilyn Sewell (Huffington Post), read by Mike O’Sullivan
Music
We were joined this morning by Vox Feminea, a Female choir from Lund, Sweden. All musical interludes were provided by the choir.
1. Sommerpsalm (Swedish hymn to the Summer), text and music: C.D. af Wirsén, arr: W. Åhlin
2. Be Thou My Vision, Traditional Irish arranged by Robert White Johnson
3. Lascia chío pianga, Text: Giacomo Rossi, Music: Georg Friedrich Händel, Arr: Mårten Jansson
4. How Merriy, composed by Michael East

Sunday 10th May 2015
Our service was led by Linda Ballard from All Souls Church in Belfast, a congregation member at All Soul’s Church, Belfast, who is currently studying for ministry through the Synod of Munster of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland
Sermon – Linda Ballard – The Book Of Job
Reflection – Linda Ballard – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Thoughts On Gratitude by Theo Dorgan (from The Book Of Uncommon Prayer), read by Máire Bacon
2. Gospel of Matthew, ch. 20, v 1-16, read by Linda Ballard
Music
We were joined this morning by Enda Reilly who sang three of his own compositions, Light From Darkness, We All Own The Sky and Na Nasc Nua (The New Connection). The first of these is the song he sings on the Reflections podcast. All three songs are composed and are copyright Enda Reilly.

Sunday 3rd May 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Tree Of Knowledge
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Lucky Or Unlucky
Readings
1. Easter 1916 by W. B. Yeats, read by Tony Roche
2. The Parable of the Serpent (Anonymous) from The World Of High Holidays Vol. 1, ed. Rabbi Jack Rymer, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 26th April 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Working Together
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Good Samaritan
Readings
1. “Thoughts on Galipoli” by Fergus Cronin, read by the author
2. “Fellowship” by Danny Crosby (from “Stirrings”, 2014 General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches), read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 19th April 2015
Sermon – Dil Wickremasinghe – Love Is Love
Reflection – Dil Wickremasinghe – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Dil Wickremasinghe – And Tango Makes Three
Readings
1. Prayer by David Usher from With Heart And Mind, read by George McCaw
2. two readings (from Ruth and Samuel) from the Jehovah’s Witness Bible, read by Dil Wickremasinghe
Music
1. Imagine by John Lennon, performed by Shari McDaid and Josh Johnston
2. When I Fall In Love by Victor Young and Edward Heyman, performed by Will O’Connell
3. From A Distance by Julie Gold, performed by Shari McDaid and Josh Johnston

Sunday 12th April 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Words Matter
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Nasrudin Goes To The Market
Readings
1. Proverbs, Chapter 3, verses 1 to 26, read by Dennis Aylmer
2. An Experiment With Silence (anonymous – found on internet – source unavailable), read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Josh Johnston at the piano
1. Come Talk To Me by Peter Gabriel
2. Singing In The Rain by Arthur Freed and Herb Brown

Sunday 5th April 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Easter Sunday
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – A Tale Of Tommy The Turtle
Readings
1. “Musee des Beaux Arts” by W.H. Auden and thoughts on the poem, read by Charles McCaw
2. Excerpts from “Playing With Fire” by Robert Fulghum, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Josh Johnston at the organ
1. Improvisation on “I Brought My Spirit To The Sea” (Hymn from Singing The Living Tradition)
2. “From All That Dwell Below The Skies” by Thomas Wallmsley, performed by the Dublin Unitarian Church Choir
3. Improvisation on “Rise Again”

Sunday 29th March 2015
Sermon – Jennifer Flegg – Found In Translation
Reflection – Jennifer Flegg – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Extract from “An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth” by Chris Hadfield, read by Elaine Harris
2. St. Mark’s Gospel, Ch. 11, Verses 1-10, read by Jennifer Flegg
Interlude Music performed by Kaeylea Van Keith

Sunday 22nd March 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Angry Young Men
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Extracts relating to “Trails” and “Walking by Ed Abbey, read by Jim Healy
2. “Just Good Enough” by Don Costley from “Heart And Mind 2”, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Interlude Music performed by Mariachi San Patricio

Sunday 15th March 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Shared Values Or Shared Theology
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain God Wearing Many Hats
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Excerpts from “44 Life Lessons” by Paul Howard (article published in Irish Times), read by Ed Crotty
2. Twelve Beliefs Common To Unitarians by Rev. Bill Darlison, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
3. Emo’s God Joke, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Josh Johnston on the piano
1. Improvisation
2. In The Warm Room composed by Kate Bush
3. Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring by Johann Sebastien Bach

Sunday 8th March 2015
Sermon – Pamela McCarthy – The Sheep And The Goats
Children’s Story – Pamela McCarthy A Family Situation
Reflection – Pamela McCarthy – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. South African Legend transcribed by Wilhelm Beek, read by Patrick Rogers
2. Verses from Gospel According to Matthew, read by Pamela McCarthy
Music performed by Josh Johnston on the piano
1. Improvisation
2. When In Our Music, God We Glorify (hymn tune)
3. Colonel Bogey March by Kenneth J. Alford

Sunday 1st March 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – A Lightbulb Moment
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Not Eating At The Picnic
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Extract from “Striker… The goal that changed Stephanie Roche’s life” by Barry Egan (Sunday Independent 23rd February 2015), read by Frank Kelly
2. Verses from Gospel According to Matthew, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Josh Johnston on the piano
1. Improvisation
2. Burdett Ballad composed by Roesy & Josh Johnston
3. Dos Gardenias, Traditional Cuban

Sunday 22nd February 2015
Sermon – Paul Murray – All You Need Is Love
Children’s Story – Paul Murray Pesky And Perky Climb Up Mount Gra
Reflection – Paul Murray – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. “Quarantine” by Evan Boland, read by Doireann Ní Bhríain
2. “Nasruddin and the Perfect Woman” a Sufi tale from Spiritual Literacy, read by Paul Murray
Music (played by Josh Johnston at the piano)
1. A Sleeping Bee by Harold Arlen
2. It’s Magic by Jules Styne & Sammy Cahn
3. Hooray For love by Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields

Sunday 15th February 2015
Sermon – Will O’Connell – Love And Marriage
Children’s Story – Will O’Connell Rosebud, The Fast-Thinking Poodle
Reflection – Will O’Connell – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. “Dearest Absurd Child: A Letter To My 15 Year Old Self” by Stephen Fry, published in The Guardian 30th April 2009, read by Jennifer Buller
2. “Another Valentine” by Wendy Cope, read by Will O’Connell
3. “Sonnet No. 130: My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” by William Shakespeare, read by Will O’Connell
Music
1. My Love’s An Arbutus by Charles Villeus Stanford, by Dublin Unitarian Church Choir

Sunday 8th February 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Sufi Voices
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain The Smuggler
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. “Harlem” by Langston Hughes, read by Shari McDaid
2. Excerpt from “Care Of The Soul” by Thomas Moore, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music (all based on hymn tunes) performed by Josh Johnston on the piano
1. Morning Has Broken
2. Come Down, O Love Divine
3. Joyful, Joyful

Sunday 1st February 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Female Voices In Religion
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Giving And Receiving Advice
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. “People gain a selective advantage from believing in things they can’t prove.” by Randolph M. Nesse, extract by from “What We Believe But Cannot Prove” ed. John Brockman, read by Oliver McCarthy
Music performed by Josh Johnston (piano)
1. Two Part Invention in Bb Major by Johann Sebastien Bach
2. Nocturne in Bb Major by John Field
3. September 1913 by Enda Reilly

Sunday 25th January 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Saint Paul
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Hidden Treasures
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Paul’s First Letter To The Corinthians, read by Tony Shine
2. “How We Can Be A Faith That Matters” by Rev. Bill Darlison (first published in The Inquirer, 2015), read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “La Fillle Aux Cheveus De Lin” by Claude Debussy, performed by Dorene Groocock (flute) & Josh Johnston (piano)

Sunday 18th January 2015
Sermon – Keith Troughton – The Spirit Flies
Children’s Story – Keith Troughton A Caravaggio Painting
Reflection – Keith Troughton – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. “The Redemptorist” by Austin Clarke, read by Paul Murray
2. John’s Gospel Ch. 2, V 13-22, read by Dennis Aylmer
3. “The House Of Belonging” by David Whyte, read by Keith Troughton
Music arranged and performed by Josh Johnston on the piano
1. “The Skeams, composed by Josh Johnston
2. “This One”, composed by Helena Byrne
3. “Habanera”, composed by Georges Bizet

Sunday 11th January 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – In The Beginning Was The Word
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Sean And The Donkey
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. “The Dregs In The Pot Of Gold” from Nailing Theses, Selected Essays by Alan Titley, read by Clive Geraghty
2. “Je Suis Charlie: Journalists Must Defend Freedom Of Expressions” Op Ed by Patrick Smyth, published Irish Times 9th January 2015, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “The Pen Is Greater Than The Sword” by David Dawson, arranged & performed by Josh Johnston
2. “Simple Gifts” (Shaker hymn), arranged & performed by Josh Johnston

Sunday 4th January 2015
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Little Christmas
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain Faces Of God
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. St. John’s Gospel Verses 1-12, read by Dennis Aylmer
2. “The Journey Of The Magi” by T.S. Elliot, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “Music Man” by Jamie Stone, performed by Josh Johnston

Sunday 28th December 2014
Service of Favourite Readings
Readings (not in order)
1. “Why I Believe In Santa Claus” by Tom McEneaney, read by the author
2. “The Man In The Hole” by Richard Julian, read by Josh Johnston
3. Psalm 139 read by Dennis Aylmer
4. “Villanelle for our Time” by Francis (Frank) Scott, read by Sandra Walker
5. Extract from “Benedictus” by John O’Donohue, read by Trish Webb Duffy
6. Extract from “The Self Illusion” by Bruce Hood, read by Tony Brady
7. “I Hate Christmas” by John Ward, read by the author
8. Extract on Marriage from “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran, read by Elaine Harris
9. Extract from “Uncle Vanya” by Anton Checkhov, read by Aidan O’Driscoll

Thursday 25th December 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Sermon by Rev. Bridget Spain
Children’s Story – Children’s Christmas Songs led by John Ward – not podcasted
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Extract from The Rules To Break by Richard Templar, read by Bernard Keogh
Music
1. “Arbeau Melodie” arranged and played by Josh Johnston on the pipe organ
2. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” performed by Megan Dolan (trumpet), Kaeylea Van Keith (clarinet), Kevin Dolan (guitar) and Josh Johnston (piano)

Sunday 21st December 2014
Letting Go Of Your Truth – Rev. Bridget Spain
Due to a technical fault, the recordings of this service are not available. Many apologies.

Sunday 14th December 2014
Service of Readings & Carols
Not podcasted
Readings
1. Gospel according to St. Luke, Ch. 2, Verses 1-20, read by Charles McCaw
2. The Moment Of Magic by Victoria Safford, read by Frank Tracey
3. The Lotus Blossoms by Waldemar Angow, read by Dennis Aylmer
4. Matthew Ch. 2, Verses 1-12, read by Will O’Connell
5. Three Wise Women, read by Madeline Stringer
6. Why I Believe In Santa Claus by GK Chesterton, read by George McCaw
7. Hark The Hairy Angels Sing by Robert Fulghum, read by Denis Conway

Congregational Carols
1. O Come All Ye Faithful
2. Angels We Have Heard On High
3. Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly
4. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
5. Good King Wenceslas
6. Silent Night
7. Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Choir Anthems
1. In The Bleak Midwinter, words by Christina Rosetti, Music by Harold Darke
2. Gabriel’s Message, Traditional Basque, English words by Sabine Baring-Gould
3. A Babe Lies In The Cradle, music by Doreen Droste

Trumpet Solo
1. Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Edward Harburg & Harold Arlen

Sunday 7th December 2014
Sermon – Pamela McCarthy – Distracting Data
Children’s Story – Pamela McCarthy – A Guilty Look
Reflection – Pamela McCarthy – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Walk Slowly by Danna Faulds, read by Mary O’Brien
2. Collectivity (from 365 Tao), read by Pamela McCarthy
Music
1. “Nuttin’ For Christmas” by Roy Bennett & Sid Tepper, performed by Kaeylea Van Keith (soprano) & Josh Johnston (piano)
2. “Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” (Traditional French), performed by Kaeylea Van Keith (soprano) & Josh Johnston (piano)
3. “Melody from Arbeau’s Orchésographie (1588)” played by Josh Johnston (piano)
4. “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas” by John Rox, played by Josh Johnston (piano)

Sunday 30th November 2014
Sermon – Alice Leahy – Homelessness and the Work of Trust
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Following Leads
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Captain Beaky by Noel Harrison, read by Nuala Kelly
2. Advent 1955 by John Betjeman, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “Roots And Wings” by Angela Polite, played by Josh Johnston (piano)
2. “It’s Magic” by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn, played by Josh Johnston (piano)

Sunday 23rd November 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Anthony De Mello
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – A Tale Of Two Travellers
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann, read by Dorene Groocock
2. Extract from “Walking On Water” by Anthony De Mello, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “The Sounds Of Silence” by Paul Simon, arranged and performed by Will O’Connell
2. “Try Your Wings” by Michael Preston Barr & Dion McGregor, performed by Josh Johnston & Truly Divine
3. “Sicilienne” performed by Josh Johnston

Sunday 16th November 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Sacraments
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Cod Liver Oil
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. “Another September” by Thomas Kinsella, read by Michael Barry
2. “Grace” by Rev. Jane Barraclough, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “Lonesome Highway” by Hank Williams, performed by Fiachra White

Sunday 9th November 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Conscientious Objectors
Remembrance Sunday Ceremony – Dennis Aylmer
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death” by W.B. Yeats, read by Frank Tracy
2. “Soliloquoy” by Francis Ledwidge, read by Frank Tracy
3. “History and all its grisly facts are worth more than the illusion of memory“, an Op Ed piece by Jonathan Jones, published in The Guardian 31st October 2014, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music
1. “And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” by Eric Bogle, sung by Fergus Whelan
2. “O For The Wings Of A Dove” from Hear My Prayer by Felix Mendelssohn, played by Josh Johnston on the piano

Sunday 2nd November 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Communion Of Saints
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Nasrudin at the banquet
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Tenebreux by Clive James, read by Peter White
2. “Tradition” by Frank Walker from “With Heart And Mind”, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Josh Johnston (piano)
1. Lucky (originally recorded by Hem)
2. Tuba Tune by C.S. Lang

Sunday 26th October 2014
Sermon – Keith Troughton – Boxes And Splashes
Children’s Story – Keith Troughton – Two Paintings
Reflection – Keith Troughton – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Excerpt from “The Silence Of Animals” by John Gray, read by Mark O’Sullivan
2. “Be Drunk” by Charles Baudelaire, read by Keith Troughton
Music performed by David O’Connor (piano)
1. Improvisations

Sunday 19th October 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Harvest Sunday
Children’s Story – Will O’Connell – Especially for Harvest Sunday, congregation member (and actor and musician) Will led the children (and children of all ages) in learning a ‘mashup’ of three negro spirituals (“Wade In The Water”, “Motherless Child” and “I Want To Die Easy”) with different sections of the congregation taking different parts of the tune. Because of the basic nature of our recording technology, it was too difficult to get a clear recording of the evolving performance. Rest assured though, it was really lovely.
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Last two pages from “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran, read by Heather Rudd
Music performed by Josh Johnston (piano and pipe organ where stated)
1. Sommerpsalm (Traditional Swedish Hymn)
2. Improvisation on the church organ – this is the first time the organ has been switched on since January 1st and the first time it has been heard since extensive restoration and rebuild work has begun at the beginning of the year. It is a work in progress.
3. Friend by Shari McDaid
4. Trumpet Tune by Henry Purcell

Sunday 12th October 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Grace Of Age
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Emperor’s New Clothes
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Extract from “The Philosopher & The Wolf” by Mark Rowlands read by Beverley Figgis
2. “Fierce Grace”, an extract from “Broken Open” by Elizabeth Lesser read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed by Josh Johnston (piano)
1. Improvisation at start
2. Strange Weirdos by Loudon Wainwright III (silent meditation)
3. When I’m Sixty Four by John Lennon & Paul McCartney (collection)
4. Rearrangement of Hyfrodol (hymn tune) by Peter Mayer for his song Blue Boat Home

Sunday 5th October 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Sacred Space
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Keeping It Simple
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Extract from “Time Bends” by Arthur Miller, read by Fergus Whelan
2. “Your Sacred Space” read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music performed & commposed by Josh Johnston (piano)

Sunday 28th September 2014
Sermon – Madeline Stringer – Power And Forgiveness
We are very sorry but due to technical issues, a recording of this service is not available.

Sunday 21st September 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison – Life Lessons Of Huckleberry Finn
Children’s Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – A Sheep Or A Dog ?
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Extract from “Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, read by Denis Conway
Music performed by Josh Johnston (piano) and Dorene Groocock (flute)

Sunday 14th September 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison – The Dude Abides
Children’s Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – The Tortoise And The Hare
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Extract (Page 127) from “Grieving: A Beginner’s Guide” by Jerusha Hull McCormack, read by Susan McKeever
Music performed by Josh Johnston
Three Antillean Dances by Wilhelm Statius-Muller

Sunday 7th September 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison – Who Knows ?
Children’s Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – Might Be Good Luck, Might Be Bad Luck
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. “The Coming Secular Era” by Adam Lee first from Daylight Atheism (blog), read by John Ward
2. “Heroic Fibre” by L.P. Jacks, read by Rev. Bill Darlison
Music performed by Josh Johnston
1. Improvisation
2. Mapping The Human Heart by Boo Hewerdine
3. Sommerpsalm (Traditional Swedish hymn)

Sunday 31st August 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Let’s Talk about Miracles
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – A story about the Buddha
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings
1. Excerpt from “The Deserted Village” by Oliver Goldsmith, read by Richard Mansfield
2. Excerpt from “The Things I’d Miss” by Andrew Clover, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music played by Niall Kinsella on the piano
1. Nocturne No. 5 by John Field
2. Consolation in E Major by Franz Lizst
3. Bei Mir Du Schon by Johann Sebastien Bach

Sunday 24th August 2014
Sermon – Pamela McCarthy – Not Very Much
Children’s Story – Pamela McCarthy – Buying Time
Readings:
1. “Imprisoned by the fears and prejudices of others”, by Rev. Gordon Linney, Thinking Anew column (Irish Times March 22nd 2014), read by Rory Delany
2. Genesis Chapter 1 from The Bible, read by Pamela McCarthy
3. Excerpt from “The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe” by Douglas Adams, read by Pamela McCarthy
This mornings’ music was from a suite of pieces and songs written by Josh Johnston & Hayley O’Keeffe for a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Newpark Theatre Company) by William Shakespeare. All music performed by Josh Johnston at the piano
1. Duke’s Theme
2. Fairy Lullabye
3. Lover’s Theme

Sunday 17th August 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Jewish History
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings:
1. “Anti-Semitism In Europe Has A Thin Disguise” Article in Daily Telegraph by Emma Barnett july 23rd 2014 read by Heather Rudd
2. The Parable Of The Serpent from “Reading Between The Lines” ed. David Katz & Peter Lovenheim, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
All music performed by Josh Johnston at the piano
1. “Reverie” by Claude Debussy
2. Improvisation by Josh Johnston
3. Make Someone Happy by Jule Styne, Betty Comden & Adolph Green
4. Trumpet Tune by Henry Purcell

Sunday 10th August 2014 Favourite Readings Service
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings:
1. “Letter from Billy Richards” put together by Micheal Johnston, read by Josh Johnston
This piece drew reference from a letter from Micheal Johnston’s uncle to his grandfather, as well as an extract from the book “The Pals At Suvla Bay” by Henry Hanna
2. excerpt from “The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better For Everyone” by Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett, read by Aidan
3. “21st November 1975” from the journal of May Sarton, read by Mark O’Sullivan
4. “On Belief” from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, read by Philomena Dawson
5. excerpt from “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chodron, read by Gail Varian
6. extract from “The Pale Blue Dot” by Carl Sagan, read by Tony Brady
7. “Kentucy Experience” by Thomas Merton, read by Sarah O’Hara
8. excerpt from “All I Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum, read by Trish Duffy
9. excerpt from “My Heroes” by Ranulph Fiennes, read by Michael Barry
Music
1. “Sea Journey by Chick Corean played by Josh Johnston (piano)
2. The Banks Of The Roses played by Patrick Rogers (violin)
3. Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel) by Billy Joel by Josh Johnston (piano)

Sunday 3rd August 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Points To Ponder
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings:
1. Thoughts on Pacific islands Islands written and read by Aubrey Flegg
This reading made reference to books by Arthur Grimble (A Pattern Of Islands, Return To The Islands), Robert Gibblings (Over The Reefs) and Rev. Bill Darlison (The Shortest Distance)
2. Meditation on Silence by Catherine Ingham, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
All music performed by Josh Johnston at the piano
1. “Rainfall Improvisation” by Josh Johnston
2. “Gnosienne No. 1” by Erik Satie
3. “Tuba Tune” by C.S. Lang

Sunday 27th July 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Strengthened By Adversity
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Different Reactions
Readings:
1. Preface to our churches’ Service Book for use at Morning Worship (1915), read by Ken Smith
2. 1st April 1942 (diary entry) from “Essential Writings” by Etty Hillesum, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
3. Excerpt from “Man’s Search For Meaning” by Viktor Frankl, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
All music performed by Josh Johnston at the piano
1. “Winter” by Tori Amos
2. “Cloudbusting” by Kate Bush
3. “Triste” by Wilhelm Statius-Muller

Sunday 20th July 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Jesus The Person
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Waters Of Madness
Readings:
1. Reflection on St. Patrick, written and read by Dr. Martin Pulbrook
2. Excerpt from the Gospel of Mary Magdalene from “Lost Scriptures” by Bart Ehrman, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
All music performed by Josh Johnston at the piano
1. Two Improvisations by the musician
2. Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone
3. Habanera from Carmen by Georges Bizet

Sunday 13th July 2014
Sermon – Michael O’Sullivan – Embrace Gratitude
Reflection – Ray Naughton – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Ray Naughton – A Goat And A Bull Changing The Rules Together
Readings:
1. “A Brave And Startling Truth” by Maya Angelou, read by Carol Stafford
2. Extract from “Creation Spirituality” by Matthew Fox, read by Ray Naughton
Music:
All music performed by Josh Johnston at the piano
1. Andante by Greene
2. Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 846 by Johann Sebastien Bach
3. “I Thought About You” by Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Mercer
4. “Solo per il Cembalo” from Anna Magdalena Notebook by Johann Sebastien Bach

Sunday 6th July 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Resolving The Past
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Nowhere To Rest: A Family Dilemma
Readings:
1. “I Believe In Angels’ written and read by Monica Cremins – this will be published in the August edition of Oscailt
2. Excerpt from “Seeing Anew” by Marina Leehane Sheehan, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music:
All music performed by Josh Johnston at the piano
1. Wild Mountain Thyme, Trad. arr. Josh Johnston
2. Going Home, music by Anton Dvorak
3. Extras by Boo Hewerdine
4. Prince Of Denmark March by Jeremiah Clarke

Sunday 29th June 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Wonderfully Made
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – A Vivid Dream
Readings:
1. Excerpt from “Self Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, read by Ray Naughton
2. Excerpt from “Anam Cara” by John O’Donohue, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music:
All music performed by St. Michael’s Grammar School Choir, Melbourne, Australia, conducted by Dr. Gary Ekkel
1. O Sing Joyfully by Adrian Batten
2. Lux aurumque by Eric Whitacre
3. Today, Tomorrow And Always by Christopher Wilcock
4. Sevenfold Amen by Orlando Gibbons
5. Gaelic Blessing by John Rutter

Sunday 22nd June 2014
Sermon – Right Rev. Paul Reid – David And Goliath
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings:
1. “Huddling Together” by Patch Adams, read by Megan Driscoll
2. “Grace” by Rev. Jane Barraclough (from With Heart And Mind 2), read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music:
1. Improvisation by Josh Johnston
2. “Street Spirit: Fade Out” by Radiohead arranged and performed by Will O’Connell

Sunday 15th June 2014
Sermon – Patrick Rogers – No Doubt In My Mind
Children’s Story – Patrick Rogers – Three Brothers
Readings:
1. Letter To A Prisoner by Samuel Beckett, read by Richard Rose
2. Excerpt from “Like Water For Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel, read by Beta Bajgartova
3. “Funeral Earth” by Herman Charles Bosman, read by Patrick Rogers
Music:
1. Down By The Sally Gardens arranged and performed by Josh Johnston
2. Romanze for flute & piano by Max Reger, performed by Dorene Groocock and Josh Johnston
3. 2nd movement (Grave) from Sonata for Flute & Piano by Georg Philipp Telemann, performed by Dorene Groocock and Josh Johnston

Sunday 8th June 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Pentecost
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Aesop: A Talent For Stories
Readings:
1. Excerpt from “Book” by Lady Clodagh Anson, read by Madeline Stringer
2. Excerpt from “Seeing With Your Ears” by Rev. Art Lester, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music:
1. Variations on “I Took My Spirit To The Sea” arranged and performed by Josh Johnston
2. “Hyfrodol” arranged and performed by Josh Johnston (with inspiration from “Blue Boat Home” by Peter Mayer)

Sunday 1st June 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – God Of The Gaps
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – A Frog In The Milk
Readings:
1. “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death” by William Butler Yeats, read by Tony Roche
2. Extract from “Religion For Atheists” by Alain DeBotton, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
3. Extract from “Going On Faith” by Frederic Buechner, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music:
1. Two Improvisations by Josh Johnston
2. “Celestial Horses” by Bruce Cockburn, arranged and performed by Josh Johnston
3. “Carolan’s Concerto” by Turlough O’Carolan, arranged and performed by Josh Johnston

Sunday 25th May 2014
Sermon – Elaine Sisson – The Trotting Harness
Reflection – Elaine Sisson – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Elaine Sisson – Two Mothers And King Solomon
Readings:
1. “Meditation for Census Day” from Sacred Earth by Cliff Reed, read by Tony Brady
2. “I filtered out of the book of Esther” by Yehuda Amichai, read by Elaine Sisson

Sunday 18th May 2014
Sermon – Beverly Figgis – Mind And Heart
Reflection – Beverly Figgis – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Pamela McCarthy – A Whisker From A Lion
Readings:
1. Extract from preface from “An Evil Cradling” by Brian Keenan, read by Katy Hayes
2. “Who Am I?” by Colm McKeown, read by Beverly Figgis
Music:
1. “David And The White Rock”, traditional Welsh, performed by Frank Lacey and Josh Johnston
2. “Sommerpsalm” traditional Swedish, arranged and performed by Josh Johnston

Sunday 11th May 2014 Service taken by Marion Baker, President of General Assembly of Unitarian & Free Christian Churches (UK) 2014-15
Sermon – Marion Baker – With Freedom Comes Responsibility
Reflection – Marion Baker – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Marion Baker – The Bundle Of Sticks
Readings:
1. “Freedom” by Alfred Tenyson, read by Marion Baker
2. Extract from Sermon “On Spiritual Freedom” by William Ellery Channing, read by Marion Baker
3. Extract from “An Unfettered Faith” by Philip Hewitt, read by Marion Baker
Music:
1. Trio Sonata in F major for Treble Recorder, violin and piano by Georg Philipp Telemann, performed by Adrienne Wilson, David Dawson & Nick Morrice
2. “We Meet On Holy Ground” by Richard Gilbert and Tom Benjamin, performed by members of the Dublin Unitarian Church and Unitarian Music Society choirs, conducted by David Dawson
3. “O We Give Thanks”, words and melody by Wendy Luella Perkins arranged for SATB by David Dawson, performed by members of the Dublin Unitarian Church and Unitarian Music Society choirs, conducted by David Dawson
4. Trio Sonata in F major by C P E Bach for viola and bass recorder with continuo, transcribed for Bb clarinet, performed by Richard Merritt, Adrienne Wilson & Nick Morrice

Sunday 4th May 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – The News
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Worrying About Things You Cannot Change
Readings:
1. Extract from “The Power Of A Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy, read by Pat O’Donoghue
2. “A Religious Prescription” by Sylvia Thompson from Health & Family Supplement, Irish Times, Tuesday April 29th 2014, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music:
1. “Sommerpsalm” (Traditional Swedish Summer hymn), performed by Josh Johnston
2. “We Sit In Silence”, a new hymn words & music by John Ward, sung by the congregation
3. “A Day In The Life” by John Lennon & Paul McCartney, arranged and performed by Josh Johnston
4. “Toccatta” by Pietro Paradisi, performed by Josh Johnston

Sunday 27th April 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Uniquely Ourselves
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – What Is Heaven ? What Is Hell ?
Readings:
1. Extracts from “Quaker Life & Practice” by Maurice Wigham, read by George McCaw
2. Extracts from “Towards Beloved Community” by Cathal Courtney, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music:
1. “Till There Was You” by Meredith Wilson, performed by Josh Johnston
2. “The Blue Bird” by C.V. Stanford, arranged and performed on piano by Josh Johnston
3. “Sea Journey” by Chick Corea, arranged and performed by Josh Johnston
4. “Ronda Alla Turca” by W.A. Mozart, performed by Josh Johnston

Sunday 20th April 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Who Has A Song ?
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings:
1. “In Springtime”, “Homecoming” and “Wisdom Eternal Creation” from “My Essntial God”, read by Beverly Figgis
2. Extracts from “Listening To Our Song (Collected Meditations)” edited by Margaret Beard, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
Music:
1. “Love Is The Doctrine Of This Church” the prayer most closely identified with our congregation on St. Stephen’s Green, set to music by John Ward and performed in a choral arrangement by the Dublin Unitarian Church Choir
2. “If Ye Love Me” by Thomas Tallis, performed by members of the Dublin Unitarian Church Choir
3. “Sing” by Joe Raposo, performed by Josh Johnston

Sunday 13th April 2014
Sermon – Jennifer Flegg – Garden Of Eden
Reflection – Jennifer Flegg – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings:
1. “The Accidental Invention Of The Colour Mauve” and “Creative Failure” from Fail Better exhibition brochure, exhibition in Science Gallery curated by Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, read by Maire Bacon
2. Index of Chapters from “Mandela’s Way” by Richard Stengel, read by Jennifer Flegg
Music:
1. The Lark In The Clear Air, Traditional arr. Josh Johnston
2. What Am I Bid For My Apple ?, composed by Karl Hagos
3. You’re The Cream In My Coffee, Music & lyrics by Ray Henderson, Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown

Sunday 6th April 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – What Is Your Purpose In Life ?
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Beyond Fear
Readings:
1. “On Why Men Create Gods” and “Enchanted Evening” from “Abraxas: A Private Collection of Poems” by Kevin Robinson, read by Charles McCaw
2. Extract from “Time Rocks To Clouds” by William Elliot, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 30th March 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Transcendental Club
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Never Ending Bowl
Readings:
1. “Suppose Faulkner was right ?”, an article by Joel Garreau from What Is Your Dangerous Idea ? (edited by Jim Brockman), read by Patrick Rogers.
2. “Learning To Fall” from Learning To Fall: The Blessings Of An Imperfect Life by Philip Simmons, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 23rd March 2014 – Come, Let Us Worship Together !! A Favourite Readings & Music Service
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Is The Window Half Open ?
Readings:
1. “Lehaunstown Scene” by Frank Kelly Snr, read by Frank Kelly Jr
2. “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, read by Diego Haro
3. “The Song Of Wandering Aenghus” by W.B. Yeats, read by John Roche
4. Extract from Luke Chapter 12, read by Dennis Aylmer
5. “The Drunken Driver Has The Right Of Way” by Ethan Coen, read by Jennifer Buller
6. “The Planter’s Daughter” by Austin Clarke, read by Elaine Harris
7. “Winds” by Charles McCaw, read by the author
Music:
1. “La Paloma” by Paloma Mayer, played by Frank Lacey & Josh Johnston
2. “Comptine d’un Autre Été” (from the film Amelie) by Yann Tiersen, played by Will O’Connell
3. “Turkey In The Straw” played by Patrick Rodgers
4. “Celestial Horses” by Bruce Cockburn, played by Josh Johnston

Sunday 16th March 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – St. Patrick
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Scared Rabbit
Readings:
1. “The Hill Farm” from Selected Poems by John Hewitt, read by Paul Murray
2. “Playing The Ego Game“, a That’s Men column article by Padraig O’Morain from Irish Times November 5th 2013, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 9th March 2014
Sermon – Keith Troughton – Throw Down The Sword
Reflection – Keith Troughton – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Keith Troughton – Sleeping Through The Storm
Readings:
1. Excerpt from “Living In The Questions” by Ralph Helverson, read by Paul Murray
2. Extract from “Walking On Water” by Anthony De Mello, read by Keith Troughton
3. “Kinsale” by Derek Mahon, read by Keith Troughton

Sunday 2nd March 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison – Coming Of Age
Reflection – Members of Dublin Unitarian Church Coming Of Age Group 2014 – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Members of Dublin Unitarian Church Coming Of Age Group 2014 – The Hatter And The Monkeys
Readings:
1. “Instructions For Life” from Life’s Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown, read by Louis Roche

Sunday 23rd February 2014
Sermon – Pamela McCarthy – Read The New Testament
Reflection – Pamela McCarthy – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service Slow movement from Pathetique Sonata by Ludwig von Beethoven played by Josh Johnston
Children’s Story – Pamela McCarthy – Making Wine For The Mayor’s Party
Readings:
1. Speak To Us Of Love, an excerpt from “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran, read by Bernard Keogh
2. “The Inexhaustability Of Wisdom Literature”, Introduction from “Three Philosophies Of Life” by Peter Kreeft, read by Pamela McCarthy

Sunday 16th February 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Lent
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Dorene Groocock – A Valentine Gift
Readings:
1. “Wonder” by Derek Tasker read by Susan McKeever
2. “One Summer Saturday Morning” by Sister Jose Hobday, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 9th February 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Mindfulness: A New Religion ?
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Kittens On Their Heads
Readings:
1. Excerpt from the introduction to “Flourishing” by Maureen Gaffney, read by Jennifer Flegg
2. Excerpt from “A History Of God” by Karen Armstrong, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 2nd February 2014
Sermon – Fergus Whelan – Radical Dublin 1794
Reflection – Ray Naughton – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Ray Naughton – A Large Collection Of Children’s Books In Dublin
Readings:
1. Excerpt from “Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide” by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn, read by Cathie Sweetman-Healy
2. Excerpt from “The Age Of Reason” by Thomas Paine, read by Ray Naughton

Sunday 26th January 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Price Or The Value ?
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Tale Of King Midas
Readings:
1. Excerpt from “Atheistic Mystics” from Enlightenment And Ice Cream by Rev. Bill Darlison, read by Clive Geraghty
2. The Story Of The Rich Young Man And Jesus from St. Matthew’s Gospel, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
3. Excerpt from “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 19th January 2014
Sermon – David Heap – A Christian Atheist
Reflection – David Heap – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service (opening words and chalice lighting read by Louis who is currently doing the Coming Of Age programme)
Children’s Story – David Heap – God Comes Calling
Readings:
1. “At The End Of The Day – A Mirror Of Questions” from Benedictus by John O’Donohue, read by Trish Webb-Duffy
2. “17th Century Nuns’ Prayer” (anonymous) read by David Heap

Sunday 12th January 2014
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Commandments
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service (opening words and chalice lighting read by Gavin who is currently doing the Coming Of Age programme)
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – A Drunk On The Train
Readings:
1. Words Read Off The Wall transcribed and read by Paul O’Connell
2. “May You Listen To your Longing To Be Free” by John O’Donoghue, read by Paul O’Connell
3. “Doubts” by Brian D’Arcy, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 5th January 2014
Sermon – Josh Johnston & Trevor Crowe – The Pipe Organ: Beginnings And Endings
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Winning The Race
Readings:
1. “Aimlessness” by Thich Nhat Hanh from the book “Peace Is Every Step”,
read by Noli Russell-Klein
2. “It’s time to stop, pause, and then slow down” by Padhraig O’Morain, Article in Irish Times 31st December 2013

Sunday 29th December 2013
Favourite Readings Service led by Rev. Bridget Spain
No sermon for this service

Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Silly Goose ?

Readings:
1. Extracts from Scripts written for A Living Word by Clive Geraghty, read by the author
2. Reflection on Forgiveness by Ronan Scully, read by Frank Tracy
3. “Cherish Your Doubts”, a reflection from Singing The Living Tradition, read by Heather Rudd
4. “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver, read by John O’Rourke
5. Excerpt from “Opening Doors Within” by Eileen Caddy, read by Sandra Ganly
6. “Speaking To My Father” by Theo Dorgan, read by Michael Barry
7. “Mullaghmore Evening” and “The River Of Life”, both by Colin McKean, and “Seven White Butterflies” by Mary Oliver, read by Beverley Figgis

Music
1. “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles, played by Sadbh O’Mahony
2. “Down By The Sally Gardens” (traditional air) played by Eoin O’Mahony

Wednesday 25th December 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Christmas Day
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Carol Singing by Children not recorded.
Readings:
1. “The Christmas Pageant” by Robert Fulghum, read by Denis Conway
2. “Our Deepest Fear” by Marianne Williamson, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 22nd December 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – It’s Christmas, Beware
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – This morning, the children performed a Christmas pageant which was not recorded.
Readings:
1. “Staying Put” by Scott Russell-Sanders, read by Oliver Power
2. “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” by Jade Angelica, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 15th December – Service of Carols & Readings

Minister – Rev. Bridget Spain
Organists – Josh Johnston & Carole O’Connor
Trumpet – Niall O’Sullivan

Readings
Luke Ch2: Verses 1-20, read by Dennis Aylmenr
Why I Believe In Santa Claus by G.K. Chesterton, read by Clive Geraghty
Good Will To Men, Give Us Your Money by Pam Ayers, read by Jane Meredith
Simple Message by Andrew Greeley, read by Keith Troughton
The Oxen by Thomas Hardy, and
Our Lady by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, both read by Dorene Groocock
The Missing Five Pound Note, read by Elaine Harris
Christmas Explained To An Anxious Heathen by Robert Fulghum, read by Susan Coughlan

Congregational Carols
Once In Royal David’s City
O Come All Ye Faithful
Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Good King Wenceslas
Silent Night
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Choir Anthems
A Babe Lies In The Cradle, Traditional German Carol arr. Doreen Droste
Ding Dong Merrily On High, Music Traditional French arr. Scott Nicholson, Words by George Woodward

Extra Music
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blaine, performed by Josh Johnston (organ) & Niall O’Sullivan (trumpet) at the collection
Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson, performed by Josh Johnston (organ) & Niall O’Sullivan (trumpet) at the end of the service.

Many thanks to all who participated.

Sunday 8th December 2013
Sermon – Rory Delany – For The Record
Reflection – Keith Troughton – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Keith Troughton – Introducing Nelson Mandela
Readings:
1. extract from “The Way To Love” by Anthony De Mello, read by Mary O’Brien
2. “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, read by Keith Troughton

Sunday 2nd December 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Advent
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Lazy Boy Who Became A Lazy Man
Readings:
1. “Music For Guitar And Stone” by Ruth L. Schwartz, read by Jim Healy
2. “Advent 1955” by John Betjeman, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 24th November 2013
Sermon – Madeline Stringer – Why Communion ?
Reflection – Madeline Stringer – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Madeline Stringer – The Lion & The Mouse, unpodcastable due to technical problems.
Readings:
1. “An Address To Iowa House Judicial Committee January 31 2011” by Zach Wahl, read by Peter White
2. “In the distance of my years I cover myself with time” by Nancy Wood, found online, read by Madeline Stringer

Sunday 17th November 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Jesus The Guru
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Live Simply
Readings:
1. “Nature” by Henry Longfellow, read by Ed Crotty
2. “Many Paths To One God” by Rama Krishna, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 10th November 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Ripples From War – Remembrance Day
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings:
1. Extract from “Snowflake” by Paul Gallico, read by Heather Rudd
2. “The Snowflake” from “Spirituality And The Four Elements” by Rev. Bill Darlison, read by Heather Rudd
3. Letter From Franz Jagerstatter, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 3rd November 2013
Sermon – Yanky Fachler (Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation) – Belonging To A 4,000 Year Old Faith
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – In Another Man’s Shoes
Readings:
1. Extract from “Cry The Beloved Country” by Alan Paton, read by Patrick Rogers
2. “Survival And Memory” by Itka Frajman Zygmuntowicz with Sara Horowitz, from “Four Centures Of Jewish Women’s Spirituality” edited by E.M. Umansky and D. Ashton, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 27th October 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Sabbath Day
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Ghandi & Bhave
Readings:
1. Extract from “The Lacuna” by Barbara Kingsolver, read by Jennifer Russell Buller
2. “Wasting Time With People” by Robert Chester, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 20th October 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Harvest Sunday
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Whole Story
Readings:
1. “Harvest Festival” by M.G. Bradshaw, read by Richard Mansfield
2. “I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Unitarian”, Music by Arthur Sullivan, Lyrics by Christopher Raible, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
3. “Slowing Down“, Composed & Performed by John Ward. Recording for your enjoyment.

Sunday 13th October 2013
Sermon – Andy Pollak – Am I Still A Unitarian ?
Reflection – Andy Pollak – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Andy Pollak – Noisy Frogs
Readings:
1. Verses on the Death of Doctor Swift, by Dean Jonathan Swift, read by Rory Delany
2. Epitatph for Dean Swift, composed by Dean Swift, read by Rory Delany
3. Extract from Twelve Steps To A Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong, read by Andy Pollak

Sunday 6th October 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Krishnamurti
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Town Where Everyone Walked On Crutches
Readings:
1. Some Words on The Elders, composed and read by Aubrey Flegg
2. Extract from “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
3. Words by Krishnamurti, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 29th September 2013
Favourite Music Service led by David Heap
Due to copyright restrictions and technological impediments, it was not possible to podcast this service.
Music:
1. “Hilli (At The Top Of The World)” by Amiina featuring Lee Hazlewood, chosen by Jim Healy
2. “Morning Has Broken” as performed by Cat Stevens, chosen by Jennifer Russell Buller
3. “Be Thou My Vision” performed on the violin by Patrick Rodgers
4. “Golliwog’s Cake Walk” by Claude Debussy, performed by Josh Johnston
5. “Days Like This” by Van Morrison, chosen by Sheila Hanley
6. “Go Where Your Heart Believes” by Chris De Burgh, chosen by Tony Brady
7. “Raglan Road” Words by Patrick Kavanagh, Music Traditional, performed by Josh Johnston on the piano
8. “Highschool Lover” composed by Air, performed by Josh Johnston at the piano
9. “Dance Me To The End Of Love” by Leonard Cohen, performed by Will O’Connell at the piano.
10. “Benedictus (from The Armed Man, A Mass For Peace)” by Karl Jenkins, chosen by Clive Geraghty
11. “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles, chosen by David Heap

Readings
1. Island Surrender by Elaine Sisson, read by the author
2. Extract from “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran, read by Heather Rudd
3. Extract from “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Marjory Williams, read by Grace McGoldrick
4. Extract from “Staring At Lakes” by Michael Harding, read by Clive Geraghty

Sunday 22nd September 2013
Sermon – Tony Shine – Am I Still A Christian ?
Reflection – Tony Shine – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Tony Shine – The Good Samaritan
Readings:
1. “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” by Wendell Berry, read by Ken Smith
2. Verses from the Gospel of Matthew, read by Tony Shine

Sunday 15th September 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Personal Odyssey
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings:
1. “What Then Is Grace ?” from “Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond Bounds Of Reasons” by Caroline Myss, read by Monica Cremins
2. “Mount St. Josephs” by Conor Brady from “Wasting Time With People”, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 8th September 2013
Sermon – Keith Troughton – Inner Landscape
Reflection – Keith Troughton – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Keith Troughton – Three Strangers Across The Wall
Readings:
1. “Digging” by Seamus Heaney, read by Madeline Stringer
2. “Bogland” by Seamus Heaney, read by Keith Troughton

Sunday 1st September 2013
Sermon – Dr. Kevin Egan – Why I Remain A Catholic
Reflection – Madeline Stringer – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Madeline Stringer – The Little Red Hen
Readings:
1. Excerpt from “The Art Of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama, read by Carol Stafford
2. “The Lumber Room” by Saki, read by Madeline Stringer

Sunday 25th August 2013
Sermon – Dr. Martin Pulbrook – Where Love Is Little All Acts Are Imperfect
Reflection – Dr. Martin Pulbrook – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Readings:
1. Excerpts from the last writings of George Carlin, read by Frank Kelly
2. Excerpts from the words of Eusebius of Mindos, read by Dr. Martin Pulbrook

Sunday 18th August 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Spiritual Health
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Water Of Life
Readings:
1. Two excerpts from “Catching The Big Fish” by David Lynch
2. “No Ordinary Life” by Kathleen McTigue, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 11th August 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Apocalypses
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Magic Ring
Readings:
1. Excerpt from Interview with Philip Shepherd about his book “New Self New World, read by Beta Bajgartova
2. “Bozos On The Bus” from “Broken Open” by Elizabeth Lesser, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 4th August 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Tottering Towards Wisdom
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – God’s Hat
Readings:
1. “Climbing The Mountain”, source uncertain, read by Madeline Stringer
2. extract from “Paths To God: Living The Bhagevad Gita” by Ram Dass, read by Rev. Bridget Spain
3. extract from “The Five Stages Of The Soul” by Harry Moody and David Carroll, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 28th July 2013
Sermon – Jennifer Flegg – Preaching To Seals
Reflection – Jennifer Flegg – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Jennifer Flegg – The Golden Ring
Readings:
1. Extract from “The Unselfishness Of God” by Hannah Whitall Smith, read by Tony Brady
2. Extracts from “Lenses” (article) by Rev. Art Lester, read by Jennifer Flegg

Sunday 21st July 2013
Sermon – Ray Naughton – The Trinity Act
Reflection – Tony Shine – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Tony Shine – Touching The Elephant
Readings:
1. “I Never Even Suggested It” by Ogden Nash, read by Diarmuid Harte
2. excerpt from a paper on Religious Freedom (2008) by Paul Marshall, read by Tony Shine

Sunday 14th July 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Why We Are Gathered
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Reflections And Prayers From Our Morning Service
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Emperor’s New Clothes
Readings:
1. “Rule Number 11: Love More”, from 18 Rules Of Happiness by Karl Moore, read by Pat O’Donoghue
2. “When They Revolutionize The Cocktail Parties” from Broken Open by Elizabeth Lasser, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 7th July 2013
Favourite Readings & Music Service
Items Included This Week (not in the correct order)
“Desiderata” (poem) by Max Ehrmann – Maire Bacon
“Manners” (essay) by A.C. Grayling – Paul Murray
“Tolpuddle Man” (song) by Graham Moore – Fergus Whelan
“The Cheap Meal” (short story) by Johann Peter Hebel – Bernard Keogh
“Swan” and “April” (poems) by Mary Oliver – Beverley Figgis
“Burial Of Moses” (poem) by Cecil Frances Alexander – Charlie McCaw
“Ne Me Quitte Pas” (song) by Jacques Brel – Will O’Connell
“Mystery” (song) by Bruce Cockburn – Bruce Cockburn (off CD)
“A Prayer” – George McCaw
“Slowing Down” (song) by John Ward – John Ward

Sunday 30th June 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Cain And Abel
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – May We Be Reminded Here Of Our Highest Aspirations
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Fitting In The Most Important Things
Readings:
1. “Religion And Inequality”, opinion editorial by David Brooks published in the New York Times during June 2013, read by Aidan O’Driscoll
2. “The Story of Cain and Abel” from the Book of Genesis, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 23rd June 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – William Ellery Channing
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – May We Be Reminded Here Of Our Highest Aspirations
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Homemade Jigsaw
Readings:
1. “Mystery”, song by Bruce Cockburn, read by Josh Johnston
2. “How To Give A Blessing” by Kathleen McTigue, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 16th June 2013 150th Anniversary Service
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison – Where Do We Go From Here ?
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Come Into This Place Of Peace
Children’s Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – Two Stories About Frogs
Readings:
1. Citizen Chats With Bloom, adapted from “Ulysses” by James Joyce, and read by Katy Hayes
2. “At The Smithville Methodist Church” by Stephen Dunn, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 9th June
This service was filmed and recorded by Kairos Communications and broadcast live on RTE Television and Radio. The audio for the complete service is available although it is a VERY large file. Send us an e-mail if you’d like us to send it to you.
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Transcendental Heritage
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – We Bid You Welcome Who Come With Weary Spirit Seeking Rest
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – A Story About Tummy Ache
Introduction – A video introduction was filmed by Kairos for the TV broadcast presented by David Heap and featuring various members of the congregation. The audio can be downloaded. We hope to upload the actual video at some stage in the future.
Readings:
1. “Progress” (poem) by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, read by Dennis Aylmer
2. “I dreamed a symphony, then composed it” (article in The Guardian first published 18th May 2013) by Stuart J. Sharp, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 2nd June 2013
Sermon – Kieran Comerford – A Bible Upgrade
Reflection – Pam McCarthy – Our many different paths come together in this special place.
Children’s Story – Pam McCarthy – Two Friends In The Woods
Readings:
1. “For Rita, With Love” by Pat Ingolsby, read by Will O’Connell
2. “Ithica” by Constantine Cavafy, read by Mary O’Brien

Sunday 26th May 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Choose Life
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Look To This Day For It Is Life
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Nanouk Goes To The Ganges
Readings:
1. “Letter From Yearling” from “Strumpet City” by James Plunkett, read by Richard Mansfield
2. Untitled article by Donal Walsh, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 19th May 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Non-Canonical Gospels
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – We Gather This Morning In A Spirit Of Thanksgiving
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – David And The Spider’s Web
Readings:
1. Extract from “Religion For Atheists” by Alain De Botton, read by John Ward
2. “Tending The Secret Garden” by Kathleen McTighue, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 12th May 2013
Sermon – Keith Troughton – Openness
Reflection – Keith Troughton – Holy And Beautiful The Custom Which Brings Us Together
Readings:
1. “Begin”, poem by Brendan Kennelly, read by Tony Roche
2. John Book 2, verses 13-22, read by Keith Troughton

Sunday 5th May 2013
Sermon – Anna Tormey – Guest Sermon Series #3
Reflection – Pam McCarthy – I Thank You God For Most This Amazing Day
Readings:
1. “Anyway” poem by Keith Kent, read by Josh Johnston
2. Excerpts from the chapter “Giving” from “Bird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And Life” by Anne Lamott

Sunday 28th April 2013
Sermon – David Heap – Are Things Getting Better ?
Reflection – David Heap – Look To This Day For It Is Life
Children’s Story – David Heap – Two Neighbouring Countries
Readings:
1. “Stopping” from “Mindfulness: Meditations For Everyday Use” by John Kabett-Zinn, read by Tony Brady
2. Five short excerpts from the Old Testament, read by Dennis Aylmer

Sunday 21st April 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Democracy Matters
Readings:
1. An excerpt from “Change Your Mind” by Paramananda was read by Dorene Groocock.
2. An excerpt from “Shine And Shadow” by Kathleen Tighe was read by Rev. Bridget Spain.

Sunday 14th April 2013
Sermon – Pauline McDermott – Believing Is Seeing
Reflection – Pamela McCarthy – We Gather In Reverence Before The Wonder Of Life
Children’s Story – Pamela McCarthy – The Musicians Of Bremen
Readings:
1. “Human Condition”, a poem by Thomas Connell, read by Beverly Figgis
2. “She Let Go”, a poem by Jennifer Eckert Bernau, read by Beverly Figgis
3. an excerpt from “Grace Eventually”, a book by Anne Lamont, read by Pamela McCarthy

Sunday 7th April 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Adam And Eve
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – As We Enter Into Worship, Put Away The Pressures Of The World
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Little Prince Five-Weapons And The Forecast
Readings:
1. “Listening”, an article written by Marie Murray first published in the Irish Times November 20th 2007, read by Jane Meredith
2. “The Parable Of The Serpent”. This story which is listed as anonymous, was featured in the book “The World Of The High Holidays Vol. 1” edited by Rabbi Jack Rienner. It was adapted and read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 31st March 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Easter Celebration
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Let Us Open Our Minds To The Challenge Of Reason
Our children’s story this week took a different form than usual, as it was a dramatisation of the Passion story played out by the children under the guidance and direction of Denis Conway. As such, it was not possible to record it and therefore cannot be podcasted. Full service resumes next week.
Readings:
1. Kannitverstan from “The Treasure Chest” by Johann Peter Hebel, read by Bernard Keogh

Sunday 24th March 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Sin Of Habit
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Listen, My Soul, To The Glad Refrain; “Each Day Is A New Beginning !!”.
Our children’s stories over Easter are taking a different form than usual, as we are being treated to a dramatisation of the Passion story played out by the children under the guidance and direction of Denis Conway. As such, it was not possible to record it and therefore cannot be podcasted. Full service resumes on 7th April. .
Readings:
1. Extract from “You Are Here: Discovering The Magic Of The Present Moment” by Tich Nhat Han, read by Pat O’Donoghue
2. Extracts from “The Power Of Habit” by Charles Duhigg, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 17th March 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Absent God
Reflection – Rev. Bridget – The Womb Of Stars Embraces Us.
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – An Encounter With A Bear
Readings:
1. Extract from “Tintern Abbey” by William Wordsworth, read by Sandra Walker
2. Extracts from “Divine Beauty” by John O’Donoghue, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 10th March 2013
Sermon – Madeline Stringer – Have We Lived Before
Reflection – Madeline Stringer – Look To This Day For It Is Life
Children’s Story – Madeline Stringer – Two Tins In The Larder
Guest Speaker – Dorene Groocock introduces Sr. Mary Smith who speaks on the Mary Aikenhead Daycare Centre in Donnybrook, County Dublin
Readings:
1. Extract from “Writing Home” by Alan Bennett, read by Trish Webb Duffy
2. Extracts from the Zohar (Jewish text written 80ce), and the Quoran, read by Madeline Stringer

Sunday 3rd March 2013
Sermon – Arzu Gorbil – Thoughts On Islam This is the second in a series of guest addresses from prominent members of other faiths in ireland invited to speak on their faith in a 21st Century pluralist Ireland. This service is part of the churches’ 150th Anniversary commemorations.
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – This House Is For The Ingathering Of Nature
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Snake And The Children
Readings:
1. “Look To This Day For It Is Life”,
Sanskrit Proverb read by Susan McKeever
2. Extracts from “Seeing Anew” by Martina Lehane Sheehan, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 24th February 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Seeing The Log
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – We Bid You Welcome Who Come With Weary Spirit Seeking Rest
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Beautiful The Ox
Readings:
1. “An Update On Sergio” written and read by Margaret Harte
2. Parable from St. Lukes’ Gospel, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 17rd February 2013
Sermon – Rev. Patrick Comerford – Being An Anglican In A Pluralist And Suffering World This is the first in a series of guest addresses from prominent members of other faiths in ireland invited to speak on their faith in a 21st Century pluralist Ireland. This series is part of the churches’ 150th Anniversary commemorations.
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Holy and beautiful the custom which brings us together in the presence of the Most High
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – A Community Stew
Readings:
1. Extract from Model For Life, Chapter 7 from What I Believe by Hans Kung, read by Tony Shine
2. “Falling” An Extract from “Learning To Fall: The Blessings Of An Imperfect Life” by Philip Simmons, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 10th February 2013
Sermon – Pamela McCarthy– Great Expectations
Reflection – Pamela McCarthy – May We Be Reminded Here Of Our Highest Aspirations.
Children’s Story – Pamela McCarthy – Positive Thinking For The Japanese Soldier
Readings:
1. “A Year Of Living Mindfully” by Tony Bates
2. “Meditations For The Humanist: Ethics For A Secular Age” by A.C. Grayling, read by Pamela McCarthy

Sunday 3rd February 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Uncover Your Talents
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Look To This Day For It Is Life.
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Football Vs. University
Readings:
1. A Letter To The Hardliners from “The Ultimate Dimension” by Juan Arius (1977), read by Ray Naughton
2. The Story Of The Slaves & The Talents from St. Matthews’ Gospel, read by Rev. Bridget Spain

Sunday 27th January 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Imbolg
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Now We Come Together To Worship.
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Fencing
Readings:
1. Subh Milis – Seamus O’Neill, read by Clive Geraghty
2. Childhood – an anecdote written and read by Clive Geraghty
3. Clue Of The New Pin – Edgar Wallace, read by the minister
4. Dear Sam – a letter written and read by Alan Howley on the occasion of the Baby Welcoming Ceremony of his son Sam Howley

Sunday 20th January 2013
Sermon – Jennifer Flegg – Let Us Pray
Reflection – Jennifer Flegg – This Is Our Church. It Is Composed Of Us. We Make It What It Is.
Children’s Story – Jennifer Flegg – Rescue From The Flood ?
Readings:
1. Cryptomythreism – short essay written & read by Dr. Martin Pullbrook
2. Opening & Prayer from Service 4 (from Black Book Of Services by Rev. Ernest Savil-Hicks, minister Dublin Unitarian Church 1910-1962), read by Jennifer Flegg

Sunday 13th January 2013
Sermon – Mary O’Brien – Manifest Your Vision
Reflection – Jennifer Flegg – We Bid You Welcome Who Come With Weary Spirit Seeking Rest
Children’s Story – Mary O’Brien – The Tortoise And The Hare
Readings:
1. Simple Gifts – poem by Shaker elder Joseph Brackett
2. For A New Beginning – poem by John O’Donoghue

Sunday 6th January 2013
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – New Beginnings
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – What We Call A Beginning Is Often The End – improvisation at beginning by Josh Johnston
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Nasrudin Gets Into A Party & Sinead Gets Into Brown Thomas !!!

Sunday 16th December 2012
Service Of Readings & Carols – No sermon / recordings.

Tuesday 25th December 2012
Christmas Day
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain –Christmas Day
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain –Come Out Of The Routine Way Of Living And The Drab Rot Of Habit

Sunday 23rd December 2012
Sermon – Keith Troughton –Now
Reflection – Keith Troughton –Love Is The Doctrine Of This Church

Sunday 16th December 2012
Service Of Readings & Carols – No sermon / recordings.

Sunday 9th December 2012
Denis Conway & Josh Johnston – . . . . . Play On
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Sunday 2nd December 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain –Tyranny Of The Mind
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Do Not Leave Your Cares At The Door
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – How To Be Happy

Sunday 25th November 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – O God Of All The Nations
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – May We Be Reminded Here Of Our Highest Aspirationsr
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Why Nasrudin Never Married

Sunday 18th November 2012
Sermon – Paul Murray – To What Tribe Do You Belong ?
Reflection – Paul Murray – Welcome To Our Beautiful Church
Children’s Story – Paul Murray – Alex’s Good Friends

Sunday 11th November 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Remembrance Day
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain & Rory Delany – Let There Be Joy In Our Coming Together
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Why Poppies ?

Sunday 4th November 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Prodigal Song, Take 3
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – From the fragmented world of our everyday lives we gather together in search of wholeness.
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – A Stag faces an important lesson

Sunday 28th October 2012
Sermon – Kieran Comerford – 28 The God Delusion ?
Reflection – Pamela McCarthy – 28 Come Into The Circle Of Caring
Children’s Story – Pamela McCarthy – 28 The Birth Of A Silly Tradition

Sunday 21st October 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Harvest Thanksgiving
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – We Come To This Time And This Place To Rediscover The Wondrous Gifts Of This Community
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – An Egg Challenge

Sunday 14th October 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Forgotten Treasures
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – We Come Together To Celebrate Who We Are
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Creus, Cyrus And Solon

Sunday 7th October 2012
Sermon – Iseult White – The Ultimate Task
Reflection – Iseult White – Look To This Day For It Is Life.
Children’s Story – Iseult White – Annie And The Old One

Sunday 30th September 2012
Sermon – Keith Troughton –Music Of The Soul
Reflection – Keith Troughton –Holy And Beautiful The Custom Which Brings Us Together

Sunday 23rd September 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain –Confucius Says
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain –We Bid You Welcome.
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Two Neighbouring Farms

Sunday 16th September 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain –Sometimes It Can’t Be Fixed
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain –There are so many gifts unopened from your birthday.
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – A Buddhst Nun On A Journey

Sunday 9th September 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain –Blessing
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain –Look To This Day
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – A Test For Three Brothers

Sunday 2nd September 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison –A Crack In Everything
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – We Bid You Welcome
Children’s Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – Moving The Boulder

Sunday 26th August 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain –An Inconvenient Truth
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain –For The Beauty Of The Earth, This Spinning Blue-Green Ball
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Weeds In The Garden

Sunday 19th August 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain –Two Different Paths
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain –Let Us Open Our Minds To The Challenge Of Reason
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Johnny Easy And The Gifts Of Gold

Sunday 12th August 2012
Sermon – Dr. Martin Pallbrook –In The Name Of Ourselves: A New Heresy ?
Reflection – Dr. Martin Pallbrook –My dearest Lord, be thou a bright flame before me

Sunday 5th August 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain –Human Destiny And Purpose
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain –We Bid You Welcome Who Come With Weary Spirit Seeking Rest
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Kittens In The Monastery

Sunday 29nd July 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain –One Free Miracle
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain –Life is a Journey
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Much more light over here

Sunday 22nd July 2012
Sermon – Keith Troughton – The Courage to Love
Reflection – Keith Troughton –When all the people of the world love
Children’s Story – Keith Troughton – A Story about Diogenes

Sunday 15th July 2012
Sermon – Pamela McCarthy –Suck It Up
Reflection – Pamela McCarthy –We Come From Seperate Places To Be Together Here
Children’s Story – Pamela McCarthy – A Story From The Zen Tradition

Sunday 8th July 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain –Pandora’s Box
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain –Rest For A Moment
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Frogs In The Milk Jug

Sunday 1st July 2012
Favourite Readings Service – no sermon.
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Love Is The Doctrine Of This Church
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Nasrudin And His Son At The Market

Sunday 24th June 2012
Sermon – Madeline Stringer – The Splendour Of Achievement
Reflection – Madeline Stringer –It Is Eternity Now. I Am In The Midst Of It
Children’s Story – Madeline Stringer – Madeline Working In The Hospital

Sunday 17th June 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain –Choosing The Good Life
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain –We Come Together This Morning
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Grumpy Child

Sunday 10th June 2012
Sermon – Martin Duffy –The Shaman’s Way, with introduction by David Heap
Reflection – David Heap –Spirit Of Life And Hope
Children’s Story – David Heap – Three Animals In The Woods

Sunday 3rd June 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain –Trinity Sunday
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain –We Bid You Welcome Who Come With Weary Spirit Seeking Rest

Sunday 27th May 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain –Blessed Be The Peacemakers
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain –May We Be Reminded Here Of Our Highest Aspirations
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain –The Prodigal Son

Sunday 20th May 2012
Sermon – Keith Troughton –A Leap Of Faith
Reflection – Keith Troughton –Your Nature Prefers Beauty
Children’s Story – John Ward –Flowers Are Red – song by Harry Chapin

Sunday 13th May 2012
Sermon – Iseult White –Forgive A Little, Forgive A Lot
Reflection – Iseult White –We Come Together This Morning To Remind One Another To Rest For A Moment
Children’s Story – Iseult White – Pooh Bear forgiving the bees

Sunday 6th May 2012
Sermon – Robert Brown –Good News, Bad News
Reflection – Pamela McCarthy –We Come From Seperate Places To Be Together Here
Children’s Story – Pamela McCarthy –The Beggar

Sunday 29th April 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain –Community
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain –We Come Together This Morning . . . .
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain –Building A Cathedral

Sunday 22nd April 2012
Sermon – Jennifer Flegg –Sermons in Wood
Reflection – Jennifer Flegg –This is Our Church
Children’s Story – Jennifer Flegg –Wood of a different kind

Sunday 15th April 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison –Is Nothing Sacred?
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – Spring has burst forth

Sunday 1st April 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Our Father
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – This House Is For The Ingathering Of Nature And Human Nature
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Rules In The Monastery

Sunday 25th March 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Meditation With The Sufi Poets
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Come, come whoever you are
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Quails co-operating

Sunday 18th March 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Sunday Faces
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Love is the doctrine of this church
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Difference between window and mirror

Sunday 11th March 2012
Sermon – Rev. Ant Howe – Lifting Limitations
Reflection – Rev. Ant Howe – May The Flame Of Fellowship Be Kindled In Each Of Our Hearts

Sunday 4th March 2012
Sermon – Rev. Cynthia Cain, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington, Kentucky – Martin Luther King & Gandhi
Reflection – Rev. Cynthia Cain – This Being Human Is A Guesthouse

Sunday 26th February 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Who Is My Guru ?
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Look To This Day For It Is Life
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Selling A House

Sunday 19th February 2012 – Coming Of Age Service 2012 This service was planned and presented by five young Dublin Unitarians (Merlin, PJ, Jane, Molly, Daniel) who had taken the Coming Of Age course with Rev. Bridget Spain over the preceding eight months. Apart from the beginning of the service and the address, they planned the entire service.
Sermon – Rev. Dr. Ann Peart – A Conversation
Reflection – Coming Of Age Service Participants, Rev. Dr. Ann Peart, Rev. Bridget Spain, Participants’ parents – Let There Be Joy In Our Coming Together
Children’s Story – Coming Of Age Service Participants – Fighting Colours

Sunday 12th February 2012
Sermon – Kieran Comerford – Do we really need God ?
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Look to this day
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – God comes to the shop as the angel promised

Sunday 5th February 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – A Workable Hypothesis
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Holy and Beautiful the custom which brings us together in the presence of the Most High
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Abdul & The Professor

Sunday 29th January 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Quick Fix Religion
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – I Long For You So Much I Follow Barefoot Your Frozen Tracks
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Stones On The Beach

Sunday 22nd January 2012
Sermon – Rev. Ant Howe – You Couldn’t Make It Up
Reflection – Rev. Ant Howe – Eternal One, Spirit of Life and Love
Children’s Story – Rev. Ant Howe – Three Deliveries

Sunday 15th January 2012
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Roman Roots
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – We Bid You Welcome
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Paddy & The King

Sunday 8th January 2012
Sermon – David Heap – New Beginnings
Reflection – David Heap – Come Down Off That Ladder
Children’s Story – David Heap – A Very Busy Man

Sunday 1st January 2012
New Years Day Service of Favourite Readings – No Address
Reflection – Rev. Bridget – Let Us Worship With Our Eyes And Ears And Fingertips
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Nasrudin Goes To The Other Side Of The Mountain

Sunday th December
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Christmas Day
Reflection – Rev. Bridget – Into The Bright Circle Of Life And Light

Sunday th December
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Prayer And Silence
Reflection – Rev. Bridget – We Come Together This Morning
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Know-All Turtle

Sunday th December
Annual Service of Carols and Readings – no sermon / recordings.

Sunday 4th December 2011
Sermon – Rev. David Usher – Heavenly Geography
Reflection – Rev. David Usher – Because We Are Finite
Children’s Story – Rev. David Usher – The Man Who Lived On The Island

Sunday 27th November 2011
Sermon – Dorene Groocock – Practice And Principle
Reflection – Madeline Stringer – Come Into This Place Of Peace

Sunday 20th November 2011
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Faith Vs. Belief
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Broken-down Well
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Love Is The Doctrine Of This Church

Sunday 13th November 2011
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Remembrance Day
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Most Important Things
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Life Is A Gift For Which We Are Grateful

Sunday 6th November 2011
Sermon – Sheila Powers – Homer, Mark and me
Children’s Story – Sheila Powers – Two stories from Aesop’s Fables
Reflection – David Heap – Let us weave a patchwork of peace

Sunday 30th October 2011
Sermon – Ray Naughton – Conscious Evolution
Reflection – Ray Naughton – For The Beauty Of The Earth

Sunday 23rd October 2011
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Community Thanksgiving
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Sharing
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – We Turn Aside From An Unquiet World

Sunday 16th October 2011
Sermon – Six Congregation Members – A Church Without Music ?
Children’s Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Honey For Breakfast
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Let Us Worship With Our Eyes And Our Ears And Fingertips

Sunday 9th October 2011
Sermon – Jennifer Flegg – The Opposite Can Also Be True
Reflection – Jennifer Flegg – This House is for the ingathering of nature and human nature

Sunday September 2011
Sermon – Keith Troughton – Home
Children’s Story – Keith Troughton – The Girl In The Valley
Reflection – Keith Troughton – Blessed Be The Longing That Brought You Here

Sunday September 2011
Sermon– Jim Corrigal – Learning from the Wisdom of the Body
Childrens Story – Jim Corrigal – Keep Chirping
Reflection – Jim Corrigal – May we be empowered by love

Sunday September 2011
Sermon– Rev. Bridget Spain – The Myth of God
Childrens Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Hidden God Nature
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – We Come Together

Sunday 4 September 2011
Sermon– Rev. Bridget Spain – Falling gracefully
Childrens Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Two tigers and a strawberry
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Stop, pay attention

Sunday 28 August 2011
Sermon– Jill Arthur – What is a Unitarian Community
Reflection – Jill Arthur – We need one another

Sunday August 2011
Sermon– Rev. Bridget Spain – Dreaming Dreams
Childrens Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – A boy and a drum
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Let me give more than I get

Sunday August 2011
Sermon – Pam McCarthy – Small gods
Childrens Story – Pam McCarthy – A Dwarf in a lot of trouble
Reflection – Pam McCarthy – Come into this place of peace

Sunday 7 August 2011
Sermon– Rev. Bridget Spain – Begin Here, Begin Now
Childrens Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Customs Man
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – The womb of stars embraces us

Sunday 31 July 2011
Sermon– Keith Troughton – I’m New Here
Childrens Story – Keith Troughton – The Godliness in us
Reflection – Keith Troughton – Do not be conformed to this world

Sunday 24 July 2011
Sermon– Rev. Chris Hudson (All Souls Belfast) – An Inclusive Church
Childrens Story – (Congregation member, All Souls Belfast) – The whole world in His hands
Reflection – (Congregation member, All Souls Belfast) – Courage to follow our doubts

Sunday 17 July 2011
Sermon– Rev. Bridget Spain – Compassion
Childrens Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – A Buddhist teacher and a scorpion
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Welcome prayer and Charter for Compassion

Sunday 10 July 2011
Sermon– Rev. Bridget Spain – The Journey of the Soul
Childrens Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – A story about taking a risk
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – How much of our lives are we not living

Sunday 3 July 2011
Sermon– Jennifer Flegg – Confessions of a Unitarian
Childrens Story – Jennifer Flegg – A cake for a poor hungry man
Reflection – Jennifer Flegg – We offer our thanks for this world

Sunday 26 June 2011
Sermon– Jim Corrigall – Blessed Are You Who Are Poor
Childrens Story – Jim Corrigall – A man who had two lazy sons
Reflection – Jim Corrigall – We gather in reverence

Sunday 19 June 2011
Sermon– Aubrey Flegg – Models of the mind No. 2
Reflection – Aubrey Flegg – Eternity Now

Sunday 12 June 2011
Sermon– Rev. Mark Shiels – The Way of The Sunflower
Reflection – Rev. Mark Shiels – May we be mindful

Sunday 5 June 2011
Sermon– Rev. Bridget Spain – Bring all that you are
Childrens Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – A man who went on holidays
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – God of the Ordinary Life

Sunday 29 May 2011
Sermon– Madeline Stringer – The Meaning of Worship
Childrens Story – Sheila Powers – A Hindu story about a mouse, a lizard and cat and an owl
Reflection – Madeline Stringer and Sheila Powers – Easier to pay homage to prophets

Sunday 22 May 2011
Sermon– Rev. Sam Peden (Moderator, Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland) – Faith, Hope, Love
Reflection – Rev. Sam Peden- Special Moments

Sunday 15 May 2011
Sermon– Rev. Bridget Spain – Transcendental Wisdom
Childrens Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Travelling Light
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – This is where we will find peace

Sunday 8 May 2011
Favourite Readings Service – No sermon / recordings.

Sunday 1 May 2011
Sermon– Rev. Bridget Spain – Humility, Anger, Grace
Childrens Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Different angles of view
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – God of Springtime

Sunday 24 April 2011
Sermon– Rev. Bill Darlison- Christianity is Preposterous
Childrens Story – Rev Bill Darlison – A story about an egg
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – A Prayer for Easter Day

Sunday 17 April 2011
Sermon– Philip Orr – Francis Hutcheson
Reflection – David Heap – Look to Your Heart

Sunday 10 April 2011
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – A Democratic Church

Sunday 3 April 2011
Sermon– Kieran Comerford – I am right, you are right
Childrens Story– Pam McCarthy – Friends
Reflection – Iseult White and Pam McCarthy- Mother’s Day thought and final prayer

Sunday 27 March 2011
Sermon–Rev. Tom McCreedy (visiting minister from Hull Unitarian Church – The Poetry of Worship
Childrens Story–Brigitte McCreedy – Having Enough
Reflection –Rev. Tom McCreedy – Comes the morning, comes the dawn

Sunday 20 March 2011
Sermon–Rev Bridget Spain- How I perceive
Childrens Story–Rev Bridget Spain – Things are not aways what they seem
Reflection –Rev Bridget Spain – Give thanks – God is here (followed by the Lord’s prayer in Gaelic)

Sunday 13 March 2011
Sermon–Rev Bridget Spain- Holding On – Letting Go
Childrens Story–Rev Bridget Spain – You could just as easily take it away
Reflection –Rev Bridget Spain – Every day is the best day in the year

Sunday 6 March 2011
Sermon–Josh Johnston – A Church without Music
Childrens Story–Keith Troughton – A story from Germany – Four Animals
Reflection –George McCaw – Help us to come sometimes in gratitude

Sunday 27 February 2011
Rev Bridget Spain – Celtic Spirituality
Childrens Story–Rev Bridget Spain – Do your job well
Reflection –Rev Bridget Spain – Disturb us Lord

Sunday 20 February 2011
Sermon –Rev Bridget Spain – Selective Hearing
Childrens Story–Rev Bridget Spain – People hear what they want to hear
Reflection –Rev Bridget Spain – Holy Calm

Sunday 13 February 2011
Sermon –Deirdre O’Donnell – Compassion
Childrens Story– David Heap – Childrens Charter for Compassion
David Heap reads the – Charter for Compassion
Reflection – David Heap – Moment of Reflection

Sunday 6 February 2011
Sermon –Rev.Wytske Dijkstra (Holland) – The Way The Truth The Life
Reflection – Rev.Wytske Dijkstra – People who are seeking

Sunday 30 January 2011
Sermon –Dr. Martin Pulbrook – My Unitarian Journey
Reflection –Dr. Martin Pulbrook – We have inherited a holy land

Sunday 23 January 2011
Sermon –Pamela McCarthy – Spiritual Beings
Reflection –Pamela McCarthy – Blessed by who we are

Sunday 16 January 2011
Sermon –Rev. Bridget Spain – Only Words
Childrens Story – Rev Bridget Spain -About a King
Reflection –Rev Bridget Spain – Moments of Reflection

Sunday 9 January 2011
Sermon –Rev. Bridget Spain – East Yourself and Find the Sun
Childrens Story – Rev Bridget Spain – Things you might not like – think again
Reflection – Rev Bridget Spain – Moments of Reflection

Sunday 2 January 2011 – Favourite Readings
(No sermon/recordings)

Saturday December 2010 – Christmas Day
Sermon –Rev. Bridget Spain – Christmas Day Sermon
Childrens Story – Rev Bridget Spain – Angels
Reflection –Rev Bridget Spain – Welcome & Reflections

Sunday 19 December 2010
Sermon –Rev Bridget Spain – Be still, wait and listen for God
Childrens Story – Rev Bridget Spain – Crutches
Reflection –Rev Bridget Spain – Let there be light

Sunday 12 December 2010 – Service of Carols & Lessons
no sermon / recordings

Sunday 5 December 2010
Sermon –Jennifer Flegg – Presents of Mind
Childrens Story –- Jennifer Flegg – Háis Master’s Voice
Reflection –Jennifer Flegg – This is our Church

Sunday 28 November 2010
Sermon – Keith Troughton – Know Thyself – Thy Society
Childrens Story –Keith Troughton – About Jonah
Reflection –Keith Troughton – Help me to be fully alive

Sunday November 2010
Sermon – John Ward – What’s an Athiest doing in Church?
Childrens Story –John Ward – The Farmer and the Devil
Reflection –John Ward – Moment of Grace and Mystery

Sunday November 2010 – Service for Remembrance Day
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Remembrance Day Sermon
Childrens Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Why people wear poppies
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Discourse on Loving Kindness

Sunday 7 November 2010
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Being Broken
Childrens Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Cracked Water Container
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Grant us a heart wide open

Sunday 31 October 2010
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Childrens Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Look to the obvious
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Learning our own song

Sunday 24 October 2010
Sermon – Pauline McDermot – Our Beliefs
Childrens Story – Joe McDermott – Be Yourself
Reflection – Joe McDermott – Let there be light

Sunday 17 October 2010 – Harvest and Thanksgiving
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Thankfulness
Childrens Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Things could always be worse
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – These are the days of our lives

Sunday 10 October 2010
Sermon – Jim Healy – 42
Appeal – Shari McDaid – in support of World Mental Health Day
Reflection –Jill Arthur – resist the headlong tumble into the next moment

Sunday 3 October 2010 – Ecologically Themed Service with YouTube link
Sermon – Gavin Harte – Jesus as a Revolutionary
The above sermon with slides can be accessed on YouTube as follows:
Part 1
Part 2
Reflection – Gavin Harte – Gaia our home,the lap in which we live, welcome us

Sunday 26 September 2010
Sermon – Rev Bill Darlison – Remembering Elizabeth Gaskell (Unitarian)
Childrens Story –We all need one another
Reflection –May zeal for social justice burn brightly in our lives

Sunday 19 September 2010
Sermon – Rev Bridget Spain – What is our message?
Childrens Story –Rev Bridget Spain – How can we hope to define God
Reflection –Rev Bridget Spain – In the holy quiet of this hour

Sunday 12 September 2010
Sermon – Pamela McCarthy – Rules by which we live our lives
Childrens Story –Doreen Grocock – A story about a gazelle
Reflection –Pamela McCarthy – It is the hour of joy

Sunday 5 September 2010
Sermon –Jennifer Flegg – Pilgimage
Reflection –Jennifer Flegg – We have come with a sense of responsibility

Sunday 29 August 2010
Sermon –Tom Cook (USA) – Food for the body must nourish the soul
Childrens Story –Rev. Bridget Spain – About two frogs – keep on trying
Reflection –Rev. Bridget Spain – a prayer for desert time

Sunday 22 August 2010
Sermon –Rev. Bridget Spain – Sane Living – ecology with a small “e”
Childrens Story –Rev. B. Spain – Be careful about what you think you know
Reflection –Rev. Bridget Spain – Let there be joy in our gathering

Sunday 15 August 2010
Sermon –Rev. Bridget Spain – Heroes Myths and Legends
Childrens Story –Rev. Bridget Spain – A story about the Goban Saor
Reflection –Rev. Bridget Spain – how beautiful this day

Sunday 8 August 2010
Sermon –Dr. Martin Pulbrook – Angels & Demons: An Analysis
Childrens Story –Dr. Martin Pulbrook – about two sisters
Reflection –Dr. Martin Pulbrook – Reflections and prayers from the service

Sunday 1 August 2010
Sermon –Jill Arthur – the Messenger & the Message
Childrens Story –Jill Arthur – God went walking down the road
Reflection – Jill Arthur-resist the headlong tumble into the next day

Sunday July 2010
Sermon –Pamela McCarthy – Abandon Reason
Childrens Story –About an Explorer
Reflection –Moment of Reflection – May we affirm the grace of all creation

Sunday July 2010
Sermon –Keith Troughton – There’s God in them there hills
Childrens Story –Keith Troughton – About a monk and a mouse
Reflection –Keith Troughton – Life, the flash of a firefly in the night

Sunday July 2010
Sermon –Rev Bridget Spain – Art Berg
Introducing Art Berg – Rev Bridget Spain – reads Excessive Happiness
Reflection – Rev Bridget Spain – Meet them at the door laughing

Sunday 4 July 2010
Sermon –Rev Bridget Spain – Irish Tsunami
Childrens Story – Rev Bridget Spain – Would you prefer to be lonely or grumpy?
Reflection – Rev Bridget Spain – These are the days of our lives

Sunday 27 June 2010
Sermon –Rev Bridget Spain – Where to now?
Childrens Story – Rev Bridget Spain – if we all chip in we’ll have wonderful soup
Reflection – Rev Bridget Spain – We take this moment to come in silence

Sunday 20 June 2010
Retirement of Rev. Bill Darlison as Minister
Sermon – Rev Bill Darlison – Goodbye but not goodbye
Childrens Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – Sometimes we miss the obvious
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – for all the blessed seasons

Sunday 13 June 2010
Sermon – Rev B.Darlison – The Bible – about which my thinking has changed
Childrens Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – The man who goes to market for a sheep
Reflection -Rev. Bill Darlison – We bring before Thee the week now beginning

Sunday 6th June 2010
Possibilianism – Rev. Bill Darlison

Sunday 30th May 2010
Sermon –Rev Bill Darlison (with Elaine) Margaret Fuller -daring & original thinker
Childrens Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – about Truth
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – Be with us in a deepened gratitude

Sunday 23rd May 2010
Sermon – Rev. John Harley – Fool’s Gold
Childrens Story – Rev. John Harley – Looking for Treasure
Reflection – Rev. John Harley – These are the days

Sunday 16th May 2010
Sermon – David Heap – I Believe
Childrens Story – David Heap – About a consultant
Reflection – David Heap – You are welcome to this church

Sunday 9th May 2010
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison – ‘Leaves of Grass’ by Walt Whitman
Childrens Story – Rev. Bill Darlison -A story about a parrot
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – All things are part and substance of the other

Sunday 2nd May 2010
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison – 5 Pillars of the Spiritual Life
Childrens Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – City of Fools
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – May every day bring us happy astonishment

Sunday th April 2010
Sermon – Pamela McCarthy – The Apocalypse Cometh
Childrens Story –Pamela McCarthy – A Cat called Ginger
Reflection –Pamela McCarthy – Come into the Circle of Caring

Sunday th April 2010
Sermon –Keith Troughton -Too Cute For Words
Childrens Story –Keith Troughton – It’s OK to be foolish now and then
Reflection –Keith Troughton – May we be forgiven

Sunday th April 2010
Sermon –Rev. Bridget Spain – Passover
Childrens Story –Rev. Bridget Spain -Hell & Heaven
Reflection –Rev Bridget Spain – For Holy Days

Sunday 4th April 2010
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison – Why do we always choose Barabbas?
Childrens Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – Do you let the genie out of the bottle?
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – A Prayer at Easter

Sunday 28th March 2010 – Centenary of Induction of Rev.Ernest Savell
Hicks
Rev. Bill Darlison reads from foreword to book of Ernest Savell Hicks sermons
Rev. Bill Darlison: Call to Worship at induction of Rev. Ernest Savell Hicks
George McCaw: Speaking about the Rev. Ernest Savell Hicks

Sunday st March 2010
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Too Sweet
Childrens Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – Time for digestion
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – We give thanks for ordinary things

Sunday th March 2010
Sermon – Pamela McCarthy – Christian Leadership
Childrens Story – Pamela McCarthy – a cat in the ashram
Reflection – Pamela McCarthy – come into the circle of justice

Sunday 7th March 2010
Sermon – David Heap -What’s the Point
Childrens Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – Monkeys with grandparents
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – awaken within us the sense of life’s significance

Sunday 28th February 2010
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison – Religion without Dogma: Unitarians and the NSPCI
Childrens Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – describing bread
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – help us to remember we are a part of all mankind

Sunday st February 2010
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison – on the works of Robert Fulghum
Childrens Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – we must stick together
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – grant us gratitude and fortitude

Sunday th February 2010
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison – on Fear of Freedom, by Erich Fromm
Childrens Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – Scared of being free
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – Oh, Great Life Giving Spirit, Hear Me

Sunday 7th February 2010
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison – ‘E-Prime: Living without ‘am’, ‘is’, and ‘are’
Childrens Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – A wise enemy is better than a foolish friend
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – Help us to find the quietness that we need

Sunday 31st January 2010
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison – on Etty by Etty Hillesum
Childrens Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – The Dishonest Grocer
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – We thank Thee for the universe, our great home

Sunday 24th January 2010
Sermon – Rev. Bill Darlison – on The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley
Childrens Story – Rev. Bill Darlison – The Sticky Haired Monster
Reflection – Rev. Bill Darlison – what we call a beginning is often the end

Sunday 17th January 2010
Sermon – Rev. Bridget Spain – Just The Way You Are
Childrens Story – Rev. Bridget Spain – The Way Things Should Be
Reflection – Rev. Bridget Spain – Broad is the carpet God has spread

Sunday 10th January 2010
Sermon – Pamela McCarthy – Keeping Christianity Alive
Reflection – Pamela McCarthy – We come together committed to the search for the light

Sunday 3rd January 2010 – Favourite Readings Service
Childrens Story –The Parable Of Stars by John Beavin read by his wife
Reflection –Rev. Spain – May we have a measure of things money cannot buy

Sunday 27th December 2009 – Meditation & Recollection
Service

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