NORWAY — The First Universalist Church of Norway (Unitarian Universalist) will resume services on Sunday, September 12, at 11 a.m., with the church’s traditional Water Communion. First Universalist Church is located at 479 Main Street, Norway. The Water Communion is a joyous service of ingathering. Those attending will bring a small amount of water from a place of significance to them during the past summer. At the appointed time during the service, one by one, those who wish to participate will pour water into the communion bowl and tell those gathered why that water holds meaning for them. Rev. Fayre Stephenson will lead the service. Music will be under the direction of Tom Coolidge, Music Director.

Rev. Stephenson will also lead the services on September 19 and September 26. “Beloved Community” will be the September 19 theme. Beloved Community,  a community in which everyone is cared for, absent of poverty, hunger, and hate, is a term popularized by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this service will be a consideration of the beloved church community and the blessed gift of membership.

On September 26, Rev. Stephenson’s theme will be “Our Mission: Not Impossible.” The word “mission” comes from the Latin for “send.” In English, historically, a mission involved the Church and saving souls. Later the word came to convey something more secular. Join Norway’s welcoming Unitarian Universalist congregation for a reflective review of the church mission considering both successes and challenges.

First Universalist Church is a Unitarian Universalist Welcoming Congregation. Services are held from September through June. During the church’s summer sabbatical the congregation attends services at the First Universalist Society of West Sumner.

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