We recognize that change is inevitable, a part of living that can be challenging and transformative. We will reflect on how to adapt to changes happening to us on a personal level, within our community, and the change/transformations happening at the UU national level.
Leaning into Change
With Rev. Telos Whitfield
Greeter: Kathy Squires
Order of Service
Sunday, August 13, 2023
Greeting Rev. Telos
Board Welcome & Announcements Elizabeth Lewis
Prelude La plus que lente [the more than slow] Claude Debussy (1910)
Eva Greene, piano
Chalice Lighting: A True Story by Li Kynvi Mary Moriarty
This chalice is for the living,
This chalice is for losing the script of your life,
the chapters about who you are
in other people’s stories.
This chalice is for the lost GPS
that was supposed to show you how to get
where they expected you to go.
This chalice is for skipping the directions,
coloring outside the lines,
painting—not by number—but by silence,
by wild abandon,
with a brush you made yourself
from light deep inside.
A new voice
that already knows you.
Finally, a true story.
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.
Opening Words Rev. Telos
Opening Hymn #66 When the Summer Sun Is Shining
Time For All of Us: Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Suess
Sharing a Reading: A Tree Telling of Orpheus Poem
by Denise Levertov
Singing Together: Lean on Me Bill Withers
Sermon: Leaning Into Change Rev. Telos
Hymn #298 Wake Now My Senses
Offering shared with The Minister’s Discretionary Fund
Offertory: Var. IX on a theme of Chopin Frederic Mompou
Eva Greene, piano
Blessing Our Candles of Joys and Sorrows
Extinguishing the Chalice Mary Moriarty
“We extinguish our chalice but carry light within us, always, light that heals and strengthens us through our ever-changing lives . . . .”
*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