The Heart of Courage led by Rev. Telos Whitfield

There are conflicts all around our planet, wars and struggles and within our own lives and selves. We will explore how to build courage within ourselves to engage in conversation and actions that promote peace and healing. 

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

“The Heart of Courage
with Rev. Telos Whitfield
Greeter: Kathy Squires

Order of Service
Sunday, February 11, 2024

Music for Gathering     Caritas abundat  [love abounds]  Hildegard von Bingen
Greeting                                                                                                  Rev. Telos 

Board Welcome & Announcements                                                Leslie  Kinney

Prelude:  Bethena by Scott Joplin (in memory of his wife)
                            Eva Greene, piano

Chalice Lighting   words of Bets Wieneke                                         Janis Chaillou
May this flame,
symbol of transformation since time began,
fire our curiosity,
strengthen our wills,
and sustain our courage
as we seek what is good within and around us.

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                                                                                           Rev. Telos

Opening Hymn:     Let Freedom Span Both East and West

Story for All of Us: Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

Anthem: Let Love Continue Long
words by Berkley L. Moore, music by John Ireland
All Souls Choir and The Congregation, led by Tom Baehr

Sharing Readings

Reflection:  The Heart of Courage 

Song:  We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder

Offering shared with Brattleboro Area Hospice

Offertory:     I just called to say I love you    Stevie Wonder
                 Eva Greene, piano

Honoring Our Candles of Joys and Concerns

Extinguishing the Chalice                                                                       Janis Chaillou
Even as we extinguish our flame, grant us the courage to love boldly in the face of our greatest fears. May our wisdom grow and our actions speak when silence threatens justice, and indifference disturbs peace. When gossip, hate, and cruelty arise among friends or in public places, help us to move bravely forward with love with the courage to live comfortably in the unanswerable questions of life. May the heart of our courage shine.

*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