All of Us Need All of Us to Make It by Megan Foley, Theresa I. Soto
Music is so very important to our lives and our worship services. But it is also important to our history. Here are reflections about two songs that we use in worship and what they have meant historically and what they mean today. Listening to voices of color is part of building the Beloved Community.
May I be all in for beloved community.
May I be all in, despite the challenges.
May I be all here for beloved community.
May I be ready for the beauty because
I long for the possibilities. Yes, I am
here for beloved community.
May I see the beauty of
you in community; of
us in community.
May we be the beauty
of beloved community.
May we be the dream together.
Welcome: Good morning and welcome to West Fork Unitarian Universalists. I’m Cricket and I feel blessed to serve this congregation as a lay leader. I’m glad to see all of you here today.
Thank you for joining us.
[If guests] I’d like to welcome our guests. Thank you for taking a chance and taking the time to walk through our doors and join us for worship.
Let us use the prelude for centering. We are about to enter sacred time. We are about to make this time and this place sacred by our presence and intention.
Please silence your phones… and as you do so, I invite us also to turn down the volume on our fears; to remove our masks; and to loosen the armor around our hearts.
Let go of the expectations placed on you by others—and those they taught you to place on yourself.
Drop the guilt and the shame, not to shirk accountability, but in honest expectation of the possibility of forgiveness.
Let go of the thing you said the other day. Let go of the thing you dread next week. Be here, in this moment. Breathe, here.
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