“Telling Stories”

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Stories are not “just” stories. They are an important and powerful force in our lives. They help us understand how we came to be the way we are, and where we think our lives are going, and they give us some sense of meaning and purpose. Our service this Sunday is filled with stories – stories about our music, our relationships, our UU traditions, our lives.



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Order of Service
Sunday, May 23, 2021

Welcome & Board Greeting                                      Marie Gorst

Prelude  ” Novena canción ” (1948) Federico Mompou
Eva Greene, pianist

Chalice  Lighting by Rev. David Breeden                  Karen Tyler
Welcome to a new story!
Welcome to a day unwritten.
We gather to speak of possibility.

We remember the losses,
we celebrate the victories.
As a people of story,

we embrace the possible
over than the probable,
weaving a story of hope.

Join us in the new story.
Join us in the day unwritten.
Join us in the future of possibility.

Opening Words                                                                Marty Shaw

Opening Hymn #123  “Spirit of Life” by Carolyn McDade
interpreted by Bev Miller

Reading/Story                “Drawn Together” by Minh Le
 read by Jamie Gibson

Anthem     “At the Mid hour of Night”
poem by Thomas Moore, music by Charles Villiers Stanford

All Souls Choir, directed by Tom Baehr

Story For All Ages      “The Table Where Rich People Sit”  by Byrd Baylor
read by Jamie Gibson

Offertory   “Praise to the Lord”   Ernwerten Gesangbuch, Stralsund, 1665
Robert Wyckoff, cornet; Eva Greene, piano

Offering  shared with Youth Services

Candles of Joys and Concerns                                          Marty Shaw

Hymn #34 “Though I May Speak with Bravest Fire”
(from I Corinthians 13:1-3) lyricized by Hal Hopson; trad. English melody

sung by Christina Gibbons  

Reflection: “Telling Stories”                                                 Marty Shaw

Hymn #1018   “When Our Heart is in a Holy Place”
performed and produced by Steve Squires

Extinguishing Our Chalice by  Rev. Shari Woodbury 
           Karen Tyler
“To Speak, Listen to and Care for Our Stories”
May we have the courage to speak or write the stories within us that need to be told – the stories that make up our lives.

May we listen with a loving mind and heart to the stories of others’ lives – others here in this church, and others in our wider community and world.

Let us choose with care the stories that we teach to our children, remembering that all of our stories have power, and that all of our stories are connected, for all of life is one.

In the name of all that is sacred in these gathered hearts, may it be so.

Closing Circle and song 

      “Carry the flame of peace and love until we meet again” (sung 2 times)