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Worship Service - March 22, 2020


Welcome to the March 22, 2020 Worship Service

Here you will find visual pieces to this morning's worship service. When the audio stream for the service begins at approximately 10:25am, you will be able to listen to it at http://listen.uucfm.org:8000/stream-church. The stream will open in a new tab in your browser. Click the browser tab for this page to come back to view visuals while the audio plays.

You may following along with the service by viewing the photos in the photo gallery below; they will update throughout the service. An online donation button is at the bottom of this page for contributing to the morning offering. Additionally, the words for our covenant and the lyrics for the hymns are provided on this page below the photos. Please join us in singing along! Even though you are not here in body with us, we know that you are with us in spirit. We are glad that you are here!
 

"Inner Wisdom"

This morning's Virtual Service Worship Team
Our Worship Associates are Gini Gottman and Leslie Gatto.
Our Director of Music is Suellen Kipp.
Our Director of Religious Education is Jenn Blosser.
Our musicians are Peter Golbitz and Lesley Peterson.
Our hymn leaders are Lesley Peterson, Mark Brandon, and Leslie Gatto.
Our Audio/Visual Technician and Photographer is Walter Peterson.

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Remember: These photos will automatically update throughout the service so that you may follow along.


Welcome & Announcements
Including Special Joyful Announcement!

Gini Gottman, Lesley Peterson, Rev. Margaret L. Beard


Our Covenant

Love is the spirit of this church
And service its law
This is our great covenant
To dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love
And to help one another
~ James Vila Blake


Call to Worship  

This is the Part  ~ by Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen

"this is the part where we commandeer cruise ships for people migrating to feast at all you can eat buffets and party pool side and then split the corporate profits with the staff, right?

"this is the part where we teach ourselves how to make our own medicine - the kind from herbs and grandma's recipes and vaccines and antivirals and insulin and epipens too, right?

"this is the part where we open our spare rooms to the college student whose school is closed, and the asylum seeker who just got out of detention, and our co-worker who just got evicted and the queer teen "who needs a place to crash, right?

"this is the part where we feed lunch to the kid whose school is cancelled, and text the people who can't be in public spaces anymore and we breathe, right?

"this is the part where we introduce ourselves to our neighbors we've been living next to for 10 years, because tomorrow we might need each other, right?

"this is the part where we ask, "what do i really need for surviving?", and find a way to seek no more and no less, right?

"this is the part where we stay home, we cancel, we show up, we call, we fight, we let go, we stay, we don't let anyone go it alone, right?

"this is the part where, when we say we, we mean: we elderly, we immunocompromised, we sick, we well, we in prison, we free, we who can buffer our way out with money and privilege and we who definitely can't.

"right?
"right."

 


Hymns

#6 Just As Long As I Have Breath

Just as long as I have breath, I must answer "Yes," to life
Though with pain I made my way, still with hope I meet each day
If they ask what I did well, tell them I said "Yes," to life.

Just as long as vision lasts, I must answer "Yes," to life
In my dream and in my dark, always that elusive spark
If they ask what I did well, I tell them "Yes," to truth.

Just as long as my heart beats, I must answer "Yes" to love
Disappointment pierced me through, still I kept on loving you
If they ask what I did best, I tell them I said "Yes," to love.


#90 From All the Fret and Fever of the Day

From all the fret and fever of the day, let there be moments when we turn away
Deaf to all confusing outer din, intently listen for the voice within.

In quietness and solitude we find the soundless wisdom of the deeper mind
With clear harmonious purpose let us then bring richer meaning to the world again.


#1008 When Our Heart is in A Holy Place

When our heart is in a holy place, when our heart is in a holy place
We are bless'd with love and amazing grace, when our heart is in a holy place.

When we trust the wisdom in each of us, Ev'ry color ev'ry creed and kind
And we see our faces in each other's eyes, then our heart is in a holy place.

When our heart is in a holy place, when our heart is in a holy place
We are bless'd with love and amazing grace, when our heart is in a holy place.

When we tell the story from deep inside, and we listen with an open mind
And we hear our voices in each other's words, then our heart is in a holy place.

When our heart is in a holy place, when our heart is in a holy place
We are bless'd with love and amazing grace, when our heart is in a holy place.

When we share the silence of sacred space, and the God of our Heart stirs within
And we feel the power of each other's faith, then our heart is in a holy place.

When our heart is in a holy place, when our heart is in a holy place
We are bless'd with love and amazing grace, when our heart is in a holy place.

When our heart is in a holy place.

 

Centering

Today's musical meditation is "Why Don't You Come With Me" by Peter Golbitz.
Performed by the UUCFM Band with accompaniment by Suellen Kipp.
 

The ability to virtually add your stone will be enabled shortly before the service begins.

(The number in the counter above signifies the number of people who have placed their stone before yours.
After you add yours, the counter will include it
and it will be included in the total for those who follow you.
Please know that you are doing this in community.)

May your prayers be heard and your hearts be restored.

Reflections

Offered by ~
Leslie Gatto, Gini Gottman


Online Morning Offering

Today's offertory is "Faith To Believe" by James Michael Stevens.
Performed by the UUCFM Band with accompaniment by Suellen Kipp.
 

One of the ways we show our commitment to a healthy, loving church community is to be good stewards, by making a generous financial contribution. Each week, all undesignated funds are given to a community organization whose values we share. Today our community sharing partner is Visuality.

The mission of Visuality is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer plus communities and our allies by providing activities, programs, educational events, and services that create community, empower community members, provide essential resources, advocate for civil and human rights; and embrace, promote and support out cultural diversity.  Visuality strives to end violence, harassment, and discrimination based on real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or sexual expression. If you would like to make an online donation to Visuality – please go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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