Prelude: Lily Popova, Music Director
Greetings and Centering Thought: “You cannot repress the presence of your soul and not pay the price.” - John O’Donohue
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, 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 all we haven’t met, who will come to call MVUUC their Spiritual Home in the days ahead.
Invocation: Rev Maggie
Spirit of Life Hymn #123 (English, then Spanish)
Chalice Lighting: “Soul Thresholds” by Rev Florence Caplow
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 on Soul Care
Joys and Concerns:
Pastoral Prayer & Meditation:
Hymn: #1002 Comfort Me
Responsive Reading: #531 The Oversoul by Ralph Waldo Emerson
(shared on screen)
Message: “Care of the Soul” - Rev. Maggie Yenoki
Closing Hymn: #1014 Answering the Call of Love
Postlude: Lily Popova