Centering Thought: “
"The duty of youth is to challenge corruption" Kurt Cobain.
Ringing the Bowl: We ring the bowl three times:
Once for those who came before: The Tongva peoples who were the original stewards of this land and first called this land ‘home.’ We also honor those founding members who imagined and planted this growing congregation.
Once for those of us here and now: For our Members and Friends, our Staff, and our extended UU family who hold, care, and grow this Beloved Community we know as our own.
Once for those who will come: For all who will call MVUUC their Spiritual Home in the days ahead.
Prelude: Lily Popova
Welcome: Jeanne Coats
Opening Words: #419 "Look To This Day!"
Opening Song: #347 "Gather the Spirit"
We light this chalice - not because we must but because we may.
We light this chalice - not because we have the truth, but because we each come bearing and seeking many truths.
We light this chalice - in connection and across culture, distance, class and language.
We light this chalice - that our religion may be a beacon of light , hope, and justice.
We light this chalice - to kindle our hearts and our minds. Words by Lois E. Van Leer
Speaking Our Covenant Together:
Love is the doctrine of this Congregation.
The quest of truth its sacrament, and service is its prayer.
To dwell together in peace,
to seek knowledge in freedom,
to serve the world in fellowship,
to the end that all souls shall grow in harmony with the divine,
thus do we covenant with each other.
Hymn: #123 "Spirit of Life"
Offertory: Lily Popova
Joys and Concerns: Please write your joys and concerns on the cards provided on the green table or put them in the Chat Box.
Music for Meditation: Lily Popova
"What Makes Someone a Hero" Words by J. Paul Nadeau
Introduction of Our Speaker
Talk: "The Times They Are A'Changin" Delores Burris
Closing Song: # 1024 "Spirit Says Do"
Extinguishing Our Chalice: #456 We extinguish this flame but not the light of truth, the warmth of community, or the fire of commitment. These we carry in our hearts until we are together again. -Elizabeth Selle Jones
Benediction: "As we weather the winds of change,
may we have wisdom to cherish moments of stillness.
As we recollect times of challenge and of pain,
may we remember also the graceful blessings of our lives.
As we look to the future unknowns,
may we have the boldness to to trust that there is unimagined goodness yet to come."
Words by Maureen Killoran
Postlude: Lily Popova