“Make Good Trouble: Refections on the Living Legacy Pilgrimage”

As we conclude our April series on “Pathways to Resistance,” join us for a rousing and moving service as Board President Leslie Kinney shares powerful words and images from her recent Living Legacy Pilgrimage, visiting landmarks of the Civil Rights Era and hearing stories of activists and their families — and reminding us that the struggle continues to this day.

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  


Order of Service

Sunday, April 30, 2023
Worship Coordinator: Leslie Kinney
Greeter: Ellie Weiss

Greeting                                                                           Karen Tyler

Announcements and Board Greeting                           Barbara Woods

Prelude:  Hymn to Freedom             Oscar Peterson
Eva Greene, piano

Chalice Lighting “Awaken to the Work” by Rev. Suzelle Lynch
Christina Gibbons

The fire of love burning deep in every human heart calls us to awaken!
Awaken to the work of justice;
Awaken to the work of compassion;
Awaken to the work of community!
For in this time of human suffering and exaltation
we are called beyond awakening into action!
May the chalice flame we now light
guide our hearts in service to a greater good
that holds all living things in its holy embrace.

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 Hymn: #1028: The Fire of Commitment

Time for All of Us:  “Rosa Parks” by Lisbeth Kaiser
read by Trish  Murtha

Reading: From the writings of Mohandas Gandhi                   Leslie Kinney

“One often becomes what one believes one’s self to be.  If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it.  On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning”


It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”

Anthem: “Now Sing We of the Brave of Old” music by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, words by Abert M. P. Dawson
          All Souls Choir, Tom Baehr, Director

Now Sing We of the Brave of Old
Now sing we of the brave of old
who would not sell themselves for gold,
yet left us riches manifold; Alleluia!

Of those who fought a goodly fight
for liberty, for truth and right,
their patient love their chiefest might; Alleluia!

Who, when no gleam did point the way,
pressed ever on, by night, by day,
and, spite of pain, did ever say Alleluia!

Who long the world’s old sorrows bore
and toiled and loved and suffered sore,
and, being dead, live evermore; Alleluia!

Offering shared with ECDC                    Karen Tyler                                      

Offertory: Climb Every Mountain       Richard Rodgers
Eva Greene, piano
    Tom Baehr, harmonica                       

Our Candles of Joys and Sorrows

Closing Hymn #318: We Would Be One

Extinguishing the Chalice: “Love Looks Different” by Julie Taylor
                                                                                            Christina  Gibbons
Love is patient
Love is kind
It does not envy
It is not proud
Love bears all things

We know these words, use these words when we refer to one person loving another.

Love looks different when we relate to systems.
Love looks different in the face of injustice.
It is then that
Love is resistant
Love is defiant
It is not backing down
It is staying in the streets
Love is holding each other and ourselves accountable.
Love is challenging — because none of us is free until all of us are free.
Love is protest
Protest is love

Holding the protest of love in our hearts, we extinguish this flame, but not the light of truth, the warmth of community, or the fire of commitment. These we carry in our hearts until we are together again.

Closing Circle: “Carry the Flame of Peace and Love” (sung two times)