It's a remarkably confessional sermon, which Rev. Pat Jobe's oldest son said he wouldn't be able to deliver without crying. Jobe talked about his recent retirement in Greenville, his relationship with the UULC, and how we belong to each other in the work of overcoming our frailty and going ahead and doing good work beyond our flaws and failures. Jobe expressed his deep gratitude to UULC for loving support and friendship.
The annual water service, sometimes called a "water communion," took place during our 10/15 Sunday service.
The water service is a UU ritual, usually conducted in the fall when friends and members return from their summer travels. They are invited to bring a sample of water from their travels, or water that has other significance for them. All of the samples are poured into a common bowl or vase to signify coming together again. It's a way of symbolizing that many are one, that we belong to a beloved community, and a way to get reacquainted.