Sunday, January 23, 2022

“The Sabbath is to time what the tabernacle and temple are to space: a cathedral in time. On the seventh day, we experience in time what the temple and tabernacle represented in spaces, which is eternal life with God in a complete creation.”Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath

This Sunday, Stacey Elza will give a lesson exploring the “cathedral in time” focusing on the spiritual practice of slowing down and taking Sabbath.

Please join us for worship.

We are forgoing meeting in person during the coronavirus epidemic, meeting
on Zoom. We share music, readings, and hymns on our usual presentation slides,
have a story and a talk, and share joys and sorrows, as well as a virtual
“coffee hour” discussion starting at 10:30, with the service at 11. If you
prefer not to be seen, video is optional. If you would like to participate,
please email westforkuu@gmail.com for details and a link, or for help with
using ZOOM.

If you are a regular attendee, we have added you to our Google Group if we
had an email address. If you have not gotten a group email already, please
email westforkuu@gmail.com so that we can add you to the group, which we will
be using for staying in touch with each other during this time. Public
announcements will continue to be posted here on the website and on our
Facebook page and Twitter account, as usual.

Email westforkuu@gmail.com or use our contact form for more information or
write to us at PO Box 523, Clarksburg WV 26302

Sunday Service, January 9th, 2022

Welcome:

Good morning and welcome to West Fork Unitarian Universalists. I’m John 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.

 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:

Welcome: Our Lives Intersect and Intertwine by Tania Márquez

Welcome Song:

Chalice Lighting: In This Small Flame Dwell by Jean L Wahlstrom

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Month of Living with Intention

Our theme for the month of January is Living with Intention. We will be posting about it and incorporating it into our services.

Here is a poem to get us started:

I Will Not Live an Unlived Life by Dawna Markova

I will not die an unlived life
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance;
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.

Here’s a song:

Sunday, January 2, 2022

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.

 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: Lyrics Here

Opening Words: Be About the Work by Andrea Hawkins-Kamper

Welcome Song:

Chalice Lighting: On the Brink of a New Year by Lois Van Leer

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