“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz
Prelude: The Candy Man Can from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Welcome: We gather in community to… By Paul H L’Herrou
Make us aware we
are a sanctuary
each made holy
loved right through
we’ll be a living
Prelude: “Beauty in You” by Meg Barnhouse
Welcome: Wind, Water, Sun By Seth Carrier-Ladd
Chalice Lighting: The Pride Flame By Linda Lee Franson
Song: Gathered Here
Respect the importance of all beings.
Offer fair and kind treatment to all.
Yearn to learn throughout life.
Grow by exploring ideas and values together.
Believe in your ideas and act on them.
Insist on peace, freedom, and justice for all.
Value our interdependence with nature.
Prelude: Leader of the Band – Dan Fogelberg
Welcome: The Paradox of Ancestry
We gather together this morning,
Because others came before us.
Some have left examples for us to follow,
Others lessons for us to learn from,
and the paradox is that many have left both pain and joy.
We honor our ancestors this morning, not because they are perfect,
But because, without them, we would not be here,
Sharing our joy, our pain, our living and our dying.
– Christopher A. Rothbauer Continue reading
Prelude I Believe in You – Don Williams
Welcome The beauty of the whole – Meg Barnhouse
We gather to worship, our hearts alive with hope that here we will be truly seen, that here we will be welcomed into the garden of this community, where the simple and the elegant, the fluted and frilled, the shy and the dramatic complement one another and are treasured. May we know that here, each contributes in their way to the beauty of the whole. Come, let us worship together, all genders, sexualities, politics, clappers and non-clappers, progressive or conservative, may we root ourselves in the values of this faith: compassion and courage, transcendence, justice and transformation.
Chalice lighting Community Chalice Lighting – Atticus Palmer
We call this light before us in hope that we may always remain a strong community,
working together to make the world a better place.
When we are grieving or sad,
When we are challenged,
When we need help,
This flame guides us out of the darkness.
When we are cheerful,
When we celebrate,
When we accomplish a great task,
When we return to a place that makes us happy,
The chalice reminds us to share our happiness with others.)
Prelude – Wildflowers by Dolly Parton with Emmylou Harris &Linda Ronstadt
Opening for Flower Communion By Thomas Rhodes
Greeting: #361 “Enter Rejoice and Come In” Greet your neighbor in any way you feel comfortable, as we sing this familiar song.
Chalice Lighting: Infinite Spirit of Life, we ask thy blessing on these By Norbert Fabian Capek
Prelude: “GONNA BUILD A MOUNTAIN” from Stop The World I Want to Get Off Composed by Bricusse and Newley Performed by Penn Yan Community Chorus
Welcome: “You come into the world with nothing, and the purpose of your life is to make something out of nothing.” – Henry Louis Mencken
Chalice Lighting: Global Chalice Lighting for May 2017
The words of Aleks Zglinska offered to us by the British Unitarians
A sacred flame burns in my heart, tells me I’m one, sets me apart. Helps me to find that which is true, in reaching out to you. Once we’re a few a brighter light cuts through the darkness of the night. In these connections we shall see, strength in community. The light we find in others hearts brings us together. Then we start, transforming lives and making friends with this the light will never end.
Prelude: Deportee – Cisco Houston
Welcome: To learn more about being human – Erika A. Hewitt
Welcome to this morning, this day, and this opportunity to be together in community — which is a time of joy, comfort, and sometimes challenges. This Unitarian Universalist congregation is a place where we come to learn more about being human. We’re not here because we’ve figured out life’s questions, or because we think we’ve got it right, or even because we think we know what the questions are.
We come here to learn more about being in relationship together: how to listen, how to forgive, how to be vulnerable, and how to create trust and compassion in one another.
Let us move into worship, willing to be authentic with each other, honest within ourselves, and opening to connection in all its forms.
Come, let us worship together.