Order of Service
Journey: Embracing the Jostle and the Jovial
Centering Thought: “It's the not the Destination, It's the journey.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prelude: Lily Popova, Music Director
Ingathering: We Sound the Bell 3 Times
Once for those who came before:
The Tongva peoples who were the original stewards of this land and first called it ‘home.’ We also honor those founding members who imagined and planted this growing, thriving congregation
Once for those of us here and now:
For our Members and Friends, our Visitors, 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 those who will come to call MVUUC their Spiritual Home in the days ahead.
Welcome and Announcements:
Spirit of Life - Hymn #123
Chalice Lighting: Words by William F Schulz
Opening Hymn #1008 When Our Heart is in a Holy Place
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.
Time For All Ages: A Wisdom Tale - Told for us today by Rita Salama
Joys and Concerns:
Pastoral Prayer and Meditation:
Pastoral Hymn: #1053 How Could Anyone?
Offertory: Lily Popova, Pianist
Reading: A poem by Chelan Harkin
"Journey: Embracing the Jostle and the Jovial" - Rev Maggie
Closing Hymn: #1064 Blue Boat Home by Peter Mayer
Chalice Extinguishing: #456 - Elizabeth Selle Jones
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.