The Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

311 East Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401  *  Troup Square  *  912-549-0326

Recent Sermons from Reverend David Messner

"Come Dream a Dream with Me"   (That we may know our minds)
"Pressing the Reset Button"    (May 5, 2019)
What are the secrets of the perennials that we might do well to steal for our own purposes of re-blossoming?

"We Need Our Miracles"    (April 21, 2019)

An Easter Celebration!


"The Racehorse and the Donkey"    (April 14, 2019)


"Communism, Atheism, and Free Love" (April 7, 2019)

Trust me, things start to look different as you get older...

"If I Had a Billion Dollars"   (March 31, 2019)
Exercises for the Spiritual Imagination.
"Spiritual Journeys, The 2019 Writer's Sunday"  (March 17, 2019)
Gordon Matthews, Amy Blackmarr, Dianne Hudder, and Rev. David Messner.
Messner, Hudder, Hopkins, Matthews
"Fuel for the Journey"  (March 3, 2019)
What keeps us going?
"Trusting Again (In the Shadow of a History of Deceit, Betrayal, and Disappointment)"   (February 17, 2019)
How do we rebuild bonds once ruptured? And why would we want to?

"A Valentine's Card for You to Open"   (February 10, 2019)

Love is very simply and totally perplexingly a process of learning to trust another. It takes time and a little bit of something else.....

"Trusting the Rock Beneath Our Feet"  (February 3, 2019)
Why Social Justice And What Social Justice. Discussing a very personal manifesto.

"Alien: The Sermon"    (January 13, 2019)

The absurd (?) possibility of extraterrestrial life and why it matters to human spirituality and living.

David Messner
"This is the Year!"  (January 06, 2019)
2019, can't lose.
"Let The Mystery Be"  (December 2, 2018)
If your life lacks mystery, then you have made your vast and wild existence too small.

"A Lasting Peace" (November 11, 2018)

Encountering the Legacy of John Haynes Holmes on the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

"The Power of Memory in Democracy"  (November 4, 2018)
The dangers of collective forgetting, the fragility of American democracy, and the power we have right now

"Making Our Own Sanctuaries"  (October 28, 2018)

Carving out places of safety and retreat against the currents of everyday life.

"The Duty of Sanctuary"  (October 21, 2018)
When is it your obligation to help another human being who is in danger? The answer to this question will singularly determine the shape of our individual work and collective organization
"Homecoming"  (October 7, 2018)
Finding our way back to the places we call home. And then learning to be good home-makers for ourselves, the people we love, and the "strangers" we don't yet love.
Rev. Dave Messner
"Getting In Over Your Head"  (June 10th, 2018)
Not all deep water is welcomed, but we have saving resources of which we should take stock.
Rev. David Messner
"Live Deep, Go Lightly"  (June 3rd, 2018)
Plunging into that cold clear river with both feet--down, down under, and swimming like a fish! Launching gently from the edge and drifting buoyantly on the surface...Come on now, which is it, the key to a life well lived?)
"The Farthest Reaches"  (May 20th, 2018)
What's the farthest you ever been from home? This is a day for getting out our maps and thinking through our personal geography lessons, of the literal and spiritual kinds.
"The Ferdinand Effect" (May 6th, 2018)
There is so much more to life than this!
Rev. David Messner
"Pick-up Trucks, Platform Shoes and Prep Schools"  (April 29th, 2018)
The art of looking down on other people and its many accouterments.
Rev. David Messner

"Failure and the Good Life" (April 22nd, 2018)

A philosophy of failing that might come in handy for the ride in front of all of us must engage with all of our stories, all of the time.

"Refusing to Stay Down" (April 1st, 2018)
(Rise up! Rise up! Rise up!) An Easter Celebration
"Know Your Audience"  (March 25th, 2018)
Who is there to receive the performance of our lives? By whom do we subconsciously believe we are being watched?

"Gimme Back My Hour!" (March 11, 2018)
Life's too precious to give one away for nothing

Rev. David Messner

"Meet me in the Middle of the Air: A Reflection on Radio and the Public Church"  (March 4th, 2018)

Rev. David Messner

"Salt of the Earth" (February 25, 2018) Worship Theme - Earth

Why do we fail so often at being there when people need us?

Rev. David Messner
"A Democracy of One" (February 18, 2018) Worship Theme - Earth
Cultivating a spiritual disposition for the remaking of American Democracy.
“The Spark of the New Start”  (January 21, 2018) Worship Theme - Fire
What it takes and why the new start can be ignited in your life, no matter what!
Rev. David Messner
"UU Fight Club"  (January 14, 2018)  Worship Theme - Fire
The First Rule of UU Fight Club is that we MUST talk about UU Fight Club at least once per year. This Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend is the time.
Rev. David Messner
"The Spirit Anticipates"  (December 24, 2017)  Worship Theme - Spirit
Being so close to so much so good...
Rev. David Messner
"Sharing our Super-Secret Christmas Wishlist"  (December 17, 2017)    Worship Theme - Spirit
The things we want the most don't come by Amazon Prime or even Santa's sleigh...
UUC-Sermon-12-10-17 (11 AM)
Rev. David Messner
"The Fast Track Spirit"  (December 3, 2017)   Worship Theme - Spirit
Meditations on the spiritual effects of the fast and the slow, and the price of each.

"Wanting What We Can't Have"  (November 12, 2017)    Worship Theme - Apetite

What do we do with all of our wanting of the unattainable, unreachable and irrational? Is there more good to be had than simply "growing out of it?" or "letting go of it?"


A selection of Rev. Dave's earlier Sermons

One Mountain We Are Not Going to Climb (August 7, 2016)
Rev. David Messner (August Worship Theme: Birth)
Not all the mountains we see are worth climbing, some are better leveled. Confronting the untended issues in our lives without avoidance or delay is a chance for a little liberating re-birth here at the beginning of the school year.
One Mountain We are Not Going to Climb
Remembering Who You Are (November 9, 2014)
Rev. David Messner (November Worship Theme: Remembering)
The challenge, peril and potential for sharing our true selves with others.
Sermon 11
Connecting with Lives So Unlike Our Own (July 27, 2014)
Rev. David Messner (July Worship Theme: Connecting)
Stretching a little farther to make an unlikely connection changes our basic capacity to be in human relationship.
Sermon 7

Unexpected, Inexplicable and Ever Resurgent (June 8, 2014)

Rev. David Messner  (June Worship Theme: Joy)

The faithful art of renewing our joy in times when it has seemed to drain away.

Sermon 6
Big Problems, small solutions (May 18, 2014)
Rev. David Messner (May Worship Theme: Progress)
Picking our spots for progress and tackling our biggest problems with "small-minded" thinking and specific daily practices.
Sermon 5
Learning to Drive (October 13, 2013)
Rev. Dave Messner
We are powerful entities and we rightfully celebrate the magnificent breadth of our human freedom, yet we are also bounded and profoundly dependent creatures.  We might live a little more fully when we embrace each of these realities together.

Mostly Innocent (October 6, 2013)

Rev. Dave Messner

Exploring our own radical, heretical and hopeful understanding of human nature.


From Involved to Committed (September 1, 2013)

Rev. Dave Messner

Fully investing yourself in your life…and in our lives together changes everything.

Sermon 9

"Coming of Age" (June 9, 2013)

Rev. David H. Messner (June Worship Theme: FREEDOM)

Standing on out on our own and fearlessly offering whatever we have with trust that we will be embraced by our people.

Coming of Age by Rev. Dave

"Legacy and Immortality"  (May 12, 2013)

Rev. David H. Messner (May Worship Theme: The Future)

On the enduring gifts that we can give beyond the scope of our own lives and the process of becoming more intentional about that gifting

Legacy and Immortality by Rev. Dave

"Buzz, Swarm, or Sting:  The Bee Sermon" (April 21, 2013)

Rev. David H. Messner (April Worship Theme: The Present)

In celebration of Earth Day, we reflect together on our better natures, broader inter-dependencies and the fragility of them both as we recommit ourselves to the work of caring for our world.


"More Good News?" (March 31, 2013) 

Rev. David H. Messner (March Worship Theme: The Past)

A multi-generational Easter celebration. Finding ourselves conflicted as we try to choose from among all the late-breaking good news we have in our lives.


"Snakes and All" (March 17, 2013)

Rev. David H. Messner (March Worship Theme: The Past)

In honor of St. Patrick we look to the hard parts of the past to reckon what we are really like and to find inspiration for our lives. 


"Three Moments that Made Us" (March 10, 2013)

Rev. David H. Messner (March Worship Theme: The Past)

A look at the history of Unitarian Universalism and what these moments mean to us today.


"21-17" (Sunday, February 3, 2013)

Rev. David H. Messner  (February Worship Theme: Happiness)

The best defense is often, indeed, a good offense, and winning happiness sometimes demands taking risks in daily living and in our spiritual lives. 


"Making Amends"  (Sunday, January 20, 2013) - 

Rev. David H. Messner (January Worship Theme: Peace)

On overcoming hurt to achieve peace with the people close to us, and learning and adopting concrete life practices of reconciliation.


"Unfinished Business"  (Sunday, January 13, 2013)

Rev. David H. Messner (January Worship Theme: Peace)

Reflections on the challenge finding and maintaining a little peace of mind when we face so much ongoing incompleteness in our lives....


"Persisting for Peace"  (Sunday, January 6, 2013)

Rev. David H. Messner (January Worship Theme: Peace)

On how we might find the strength and resources to persevere in peace-making when there is so much seemingly intractable conflict in our society and world.  We gather to consider a New Year's peace resolution for ourselves and our community.


"Loving the Unknown"  (Sunday, December 23, 2012)

Rev. David H. Messner (December Worship Theme: Love)

On loving the divine and the newness of things and how it leads us in anticipation...

"The Hate That's Killing Us"  (Sunday, December 16, 2012)

Rev. David H. Messner (December Worship Theme: Love)

Reflections on the on the shadow side of love and the practical power of karma...

"Telling Tales"  (Sunday, December 9, 2012)

Rev. David H. Messner (December Worship Theme: Love)

On telling the stories and making sense out of other people and their actions as sometimes loving and sometimes not-so-loving practices....

"Falling Out of Love With Ourselves"  (Sunday, December 2, 2012) 

Rev. David H. Messner (December Worship Theme: Love)

We open our month of reflecting on the spiritual value of love with the way our capacity and possibility for loving others begins with self-acceptance, affirmation and celebration.

"Being and Becoming"  (Sunday, October 21, 2012) 

Rev. David H. Messner  (October Worship Theme: Honesty)

Being hospitable is relatively easy, sustained generosity is the hard part, because it requires sacrifice. Understanding our best response to the idea and reality of immigration requires first getting comfortable with the truth that who we are is going to change as a result.


"Two Lies and a Truth" (Sunday, October 14, 2012)

Rev. David H. Messner  (October Worship Theme: Honesty)

There are so many “facts” we inadvertently learn and stories we unconsciously carry about money. Some are true and helpful and others, not so much. Sorting them out is a religious necessity.


"Resistance and Resiliance, a Blues Theology" (Sunday, September 23, 2012) 

Rev. David H. Messner  (September Worship Theme: Courage)

Musician Boo Hanks said recently and definitively that the blues are about “hard times, disappointment and mistreatment.” It takes a special kind of courage to hold-out and to come back in the face of so much of this dispiriting trinity.


"Standing Alone"  (Sunday, September 16, 2012)

Rev. David H. Messner  (September Worship Theme: Courage)

Preparation for national elections in this country brings a time focused on popular opinions and the will of the winning majority. We must recognize people of conscience who make the space and find the strength to stand alone on the commitments that matter. We must make an intentional effort to cultivate our own dissenting instincts.


"Sign Me Up" (Sunday, September 2, 2012)

Rev. David H. Messner  (September Worship Theme: Courage)

It takes courage to declare ourselves in relationship and to be engaged and accountable beyond the concerns of the self and the present. We explore together the implications and imperative of belonging and the transformative and transcendent meaning of membership.