Honoring our Heritage, Celebrating Our Evolution

. The history and evolution of our faith is fascinating, ways it has evolved over the centuries. We will explore through stories, people and cornerstones of our UU history.

**In honor of St. Francis Day (Oct. 4) we will hold a Blessing of Our Animals! Bring a photograph or symbol of your animal family member

We anticipate that this service will be both in-person and on Zoom. Click right here Sunday shortly before 10:00 a.m. to join via Zoom. Click here to read our protocols


“Honoring our Heritage, Celebrating Our Evolution”
with Rev. Telos Whitfield

Greeter: Lois Reynolds


Order of Service 
Sunday, October 8, 2023

Greeting                                                                                       Rev. Telos 

Board Welcome & Announcements                                          Jamie  Gibson
Prelude    Adagio Cantabile    Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770)

            Peter Gibbons, viola; Eva Greene, piano

Chalice Lighting:                                                                                Ian Hefele
This light we kindle
is set in the lamp of our history.
We inherit this free faith
from the brave and gentle, fierce and outspoken
hearts and minds that have come before us.
Let us be worthy inheritors of this faith
and through our good works, pass it boldly to a new generation.

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 #86 Blessed Spirit of My Life
Story For All of Us

Blessing of Our Animals
Anthem:  Autumn Hymn 
             text by Walter Royal Jones, Jr., music by Barbara Owen
                         All Souls Choir, Tom Baehr, director

Sharing Readings                                                                         Trish Murtha                                                                         
Sermon: “Honoring Our Heritage, Celebrating Our  Evolution!  Rev.  Telos 

Offering shared with SUSU CommUnity Farm

Offertory:  Le carnaval des animaux: Animaux véloces
                                Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
                                          Eva Greene, piano

Blessing Our Candles of Joys and Sorrows

Extinguishing the Chalice                                                                Ian  Hefele
Those who have passed into the mystery.
Their brightness lives on in our vision;
their courage lives on in our commitments;
and their love continues to bless the world through us.

Closing Hymn #1057   Go Lifted Up                                     

*Closing Circle: “Carry the flame of peace and love
Until we meet again.” (sung two times)
*Please join in standing as you are able.

Benediction                                                                                        Rev. Telos