All Souls member Gary Graff will present a talk on ways we can work with resistance in our own lives; how to get “unstuck” and move forward to live our values in the context of the barriers that can slow us down or stop us cold. Expect elements of Buddhist and 12 Step theories and attempts at self-deprecating humor.
“Resistance is Futile!
Try This Instead”
Sunday, May 21, 2023
Order of Service
Service Leader: Gary Graff
Greeter: Lois Reynolds
Greeting Christina Gibbons
ASC Board Welcome and Announcements Catie G. Berg
Prelude: Largo, New World Symphony Antonin Dvořák
Peter Gibbons, viola; Eva Greene, piano
Chalice Lighting from Richard S. Gilbert
We bid you welcome, who come with weary spirit seeking rest.
Who come with troubles that are too much with you,
Who come hurt and afraid.
We bid you welcome who come with hope in your heart.
Who come with anticipation in your step,
Who come proud and joyous.
We bid you welcome who are seekers of a new faith.
Who come to probe and explore, who come to learn.
We bid you welcome who enter this hall as a homecoming,
Who have found here room for your spirit,
Who find in this people a family.
Whoever you are, whatever you are,
Wherever you are on your journey,
We bid you welcome.
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 Christina Gibbons
We build our church on a foundation of love and covenant with one another:
To freely explore our values and honor our diversity as a source of communal strength;
To accept responsibility for our individual acts and promote justice and peace;
To celebrate the joys of discovery, embracing the fullest measure of our humanity;
To communicate with kindness and support;
To serve with compassion and commitment;
To openly share our laughter and tears; and
To show reverence for the divine in all that is.
Opening Hymn #360 Here We Have Gathered
Story for All Ages: The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds Karen Tyler
Anthem: God’s Minute” music by Tom Baehr, words attr. to Benjamin Elijah Mays
All Souls Choir, Tom Baehr, Director
“I only have a minute. Sixty seconds in it. Forced upon me, I did not choose it. But I know that I must use it, give account if I abuse it, suffer if I lose it. Only a tiny little minute. But eternity is in it.”
Message Gary Graff
Lovingkindness Meditation Gary Graff
Offering shared with Planned Parenthood
Offertory: We Shall Walk through the Valley in Peace trad. spiritual
Eva Greene, piano
Honoring the Candles of Joys and Sorrows
Closing Hymn #352 Find a Stillness
Extinguishing the Chalice from Mark L. Belletini
Go in peace. Live simply, gently, at home in yourselves.
Act justly. Speak justly.
Remember the depth of your own compassion.
Forget not your power in the days of your powerlessness.
Crave peace for all people in the world,
Beginning with yourselves, and go as you go with the dream
Of that peace alive in your heart.
Closing Circle: “Carry the Flame of Peace and Love” (sung two times)
Benediction: Gary Graff
Coffee Hour and Conversation