Prelude: Lily Popova, Music Director
Greetings and Centering Thought: “In the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it.” - Barack Obama
Ringing of the Bells: (3x)
- 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 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 all we haven’t met, who will come to call MVUUC their Spiritual Home in the days ahead.
Spirit of Life Hymn #123
Invocation & Chalice Lighting:
Opening Hymn: # 188 Come, Come Whoever You Are…
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
Joys and Concerns:
Pastoral Prayer & Meditation:
Hymn: ‘There is a Love’ - Words: Rebecca Parker, Music: Beth Norton
Offertory: Lily Popova, Pianist
Reading: From “Embracing Hopelessness" ― Miguel A. De La Torre
“Brave and Free: Liberation As Our Greatest Gift” - Rev Maggie Burbank Yenoki
Closing Hymn: # 121 We’ll Build a Land
Chalice Extinguishing: adapted from “We Are One” Amy Zucker Morgenstern
We extinguish this flame,
But the sparks within us remain.
From each of us,
Love signals out its buzz and hum,
sparkling through space one to another,
Connecting us invisibly, but palpably.
We are one.
And from every window,
Our light shines.
“On the Patio” Fellowship Time