Sunday, July 19, 2020

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. 
Breathe. 

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. 

Prelude: Lullabye (Goodnight my Angel) by Billy Joel

Opening Words: Come down off the ladder by David S Blanchard

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UU Lent 2020 – Day 33 – Love

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. – Jesus Christ

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates. – Lao Tzu

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection. – Buddha

Hope, Not Nearly There by David Breeden

I am not alone. There is a Love holding me. by Heather Rion Starr

The Promise and the Practice: Repairing Our Mistakes with Love (Time for All Ages) by Jaelynn Pema-la Scott and Erika A. Hewitt

A Gesture of Love by Kimberly French