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.
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.
Opening Words: Surrender to This Life by Gretchen Haley
Chalice Lighting: April 2020 – Global Chalice Lighting
Welcome Song: Come, Come Whoever you are
Principles: There are Seven Principles which Unitarian Universalist Congregations affirm and promote
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington
“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.” – Mother Teresa
Partnership is more than friendship. It is not just being there for someone. Being a partner means working alongside them. Being a partner means holding each other accountable.
Transgender Religious Professional UUs Together (known as TRUUsT) has created a Call to Action because “In the wake of recent events and the Trump administration’s continued assault on trans lives, TRUUsT calls on Unitarian Universalists everywhere to take immediate action to live out the above truths and directly support trans UUs. Unitarian Universalism’s commitment to trans lives is all too often aspirational rather than true today. According to a recent survey, only 28% of trans UUs feel that their congregation is fully inclusive of them as trans people. We need this to change, because trans lives are at stake.”
As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to be better partners. As Rev. Theresa I. Soto states “All of us Need all of us to Make It.” This responsive reading co-written by Rev. Megan Foley highlights this.
If you were unable to attend #TDOR services in your area, we ask that you read and reflect on this piece from Rev. Theresa I. Soto:
A Prayer: We Are Holy. We Are Sacred. We Are Divine.
Prelude: P!NK “Don’t Let me Get Me”
Welcome: “All That Lies Within You” by Angela Herrera
Consider this an invitation
With all your happiness
And all of your burdens,
Your hopes and regrets.
An invitation if you feel good today,
And an invitation if you do not,
If you are aching-
And there are so many ways to ache.
Whoever you are, however you are,
Wherever you are in your journey,
This is an invitation into peace.
Peace in your heart,
And peace in your heart,
And-with every breath
Peace in your heart.
Maybe your heart is heavy
Maybe it’s troubled
And peace can take up residence
Only in a small corner,
Only on the edge,
With all that is going on in the world,
And in your life.
Ni modo. It doesn’t matter.
All that you need
For a deep and comforting peace to grow
Lies within you.
Once it is in your heart
Let it spread into your life,
Let it pour from your life into the world
And once it is in the world,
Let it shine upon all beings.
Song: Gathered Here
Chalice Lighting: A Spark of Hope By Melanie Davis
If ever there were a time for a candle in the darkness,
this would be it.
Using a spark of hope,
kindle the flame of love,
ignite the light of peace,
and feed the flame of justice.