If I Only Had the Nerve

We’ll be invited to explore “the path of courage” throughout the month of October, and we’ll start off this morning with some exploration of what courage is. What does it mean to have courage? Where do we find it? How do we know we have it? When do we serve as a source of it?

All are welcome in worship, whether you’ve registered or not.  Your registration ahead of time allows for less congestion at the door on Sunday morning, and it helps us plan for spacing in the sanctuary.

Join us after the service today in the green space behind our building for a “Bring Your Own Picnic.”

Share the Plate

  • Our Share-the-Plate for Oct. 2 and 9 will be Briarpatch Youth Services, whose mission is strengthening the lives of youth and familes. Their Teens Like Us program provides support and education for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth ages 13-18. 

Order of Service

  • Gathering Song: #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Centering Sound
  • Welcome
  • Prelude: “If I Only Had the Nerve”
  • Call to Worship
  • Shared Music: Hymn #108 “How Can I Keep From Singing?”
  • Lighting the Chalice
  • Musical Response
  • Time for All Ages: “The Lion Inside” by Rachel Bright and Jim Field
  • Shared Music: “Sing Your Spirit Home”
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions: “The Thing Is” by Ellen Bass
  • Reflection: “If I only Had the Nerve” with Rev. Karen Armina
  • Offering: “If I Were Brave” by J Scott and Jana Stanfield
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Shared Music: Hymn #205 “Amazing Grace”
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction

For Further Exploration – Mentioned in This Service

Ellen Bass (poet)

Brene Brown (research professor and storyteller)

Ambrose Hollingsworth Redmoon

The Lion Inside, by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

The Wizard of Oz – filmbook


A reminder that our children and youth will meet for classes right after the service today.  Youth in 6th grade and up will join Rev. Karen in the youth room, and all other children will be with Mandy in the multipurpose room.  The sessions will run for about a half hour, and will be a chance to reconnect and have a short discussion on the October theme, the Path of Courage.  You can contact Mandy at re@jruuc.org for information on family ministry and RE for children and youth, or see our weekly update.

Today is also the last day to sign up for in person and virtual Covenant Groups.  You can sign up online, or use one of the forms that are in the foyer if you’re here in person. You can contact Rev. Karen at revkaren@jruuc.org for information on Covenant Groups.

Some invitations from our Membership Team. 

The Membership Team is also hosting an Exploring Membership class on Saturday, November 5, here at Reeb.  This is a great chance to get to know some Reebers and learn about our congregation and Unitarian Universalism, whether you’re thinking of joining as a member or not.

Our annual fundraiser auction and party, the Reeb Rave, is happening on November 12.  That’s only six weeks away!  The items we auction off are donated, and we also love to auction off seats at events you all host.  So we need your donations and offered events to make it fun and successful!  You can submit your donations on our auction page. Contact Tom McClintock to help with organizing and decorating, or with questions.

You still have time to help us select a theme for Reeb Rave! Sunday October 10th is the deadline. Click here to vote for this year’s theme.