“Leaning Into Change”

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. 

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

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,
the changing,
the becoming.
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

Coffee Hour and Conversation