“Cultivating Hope”

Sobering and inspiring, Active Hope written by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone offers tools to “face the mess we are in and the role we can play in collective transition to a life-sustaining society.”
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“Cultivating Hope”

Order of Service
Sunday, May 28, 2023

Greeters: Linda Hay and Ellie Weiss


Greeting                                                                       Rev. Telos

Board Welcome & Announcements                       Catie G. Berg

Prelude        Etude in E major  (excerpt)   Frederic Chopin
                  Eva Greene, piano

Chalice Lighting                                                          Maisie Crowther
To face the world’s shadows, a chalice of light.
To face the world’s coldness, a chalice of warmth,
To face the world’s terrors, a chalice of courage.
To face the world’s turmoil, a chalice of peace.
May its glow fill our spirits, our hearts, and our lives.

Lighting Our Children’s Chalice
We light this chalice to celebrate Unitarian Universalism. We are the church of the open minds. We are the church of the helping hands.  We are the church of the loving hearts.

Call to Worship                                                                 Rev. Telos                                                   

Opening Hymn #134 “Our World Is One World”

Story For All of Us: A Day For Rememberin’ by Leah Henderson, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Anthem: “You Can Imagine” words and music by Philip E. Silvey
                     All Souls Choir, Tom Baehr, director

“You Can Imagine”
Do you know all you can imagine when you go in your mind
to the places only you imagine? When you go, what you’ll find only you know.
Colors that never were there, rhyme schemes remarkably rare.
You can find them you know where!
Harmonies surprisingly fresh, combinations that unpredictably mesh.
Only you can tell us how! You can imagine…

Shared Readings

Sermon: “Cultivating Hope”

Offering shared with Planned Parenthood

Offertory: Prelude in Db  (excerpt)      Frederic Chopin
Eva Greene, piano

Prayer For Memorial Day by Wayne Arnason

Music: “50,000 Names”    James Paul O’Hara
Steve Squires, voice and guitar

Our Candles of Joys and Sorrows

Hymn #159: “This Is My Song”

Extinguishing the Chalice  by Diana Craig                    Christina Gibbons 
As we extinguish our flame, we know that our light lives on in the ways that we live, in the words that we say, in the work that we do. May we honor those who have come before, may they continue to give us the strength to cultivate hope, nourish peace, and respond with compassion.
Closing Circle: “Carry the flame of peace and love
Until we meet again.” (sung two times)

Benediction                                                                            Rev. Telos