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May 8, 2022- A Big Enough Story

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

This Sunday, May 8, we will celebrate the miracle that is at the center of our larger story and the cycle of life. We will welcome, name, and dedicate ourselves to the care of children in our congregation through a Child Dedication Ritual.

Words of Welcome and Land Acknowledgement- Rev. Jen Crow (:20)

Call to Worship- First Universalist 6th Graders (6:26)

Child Naming and Dedication Ritual- Lauren Wyeth, Rev. Jen Crow, Rev. Arif Mamdani (10:58)

Hymn- Come, Come Whoever You Are- Aimee K. Bryant and Franco Holder (18:41)

Prayer and Cycle of Life- Rev. Arif Mamdani (19:47)

Message- A Big Enough Story- Lauren Wyeth (27:11)

Invitation to Give- Rev. Jen Crow (39:31)

Benediction- Lauren Wyeth (42:05)

 

 

May 1, 2022- Our Sacred Trust

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

This Sunday, May 1, we celebrate the culmination of Earth Week and honor the mutual commitment between members and community in the ongoing story of this congregation. Join us to explore the sacred trust we hold to create a sustainable future for our children and our children’s children, and to celebrate how our collective breath, prayer, activism, and meaning making reflect the roots of our community, like those in a forest, deeply intertwined. And don’t miss the next installment of the acorn story, “The Wood Wide Web.” The young acorns in our community will welcome new members, and keep encouraging us all to sprout and grow together.

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement- Rev. Meg Riley, Dallas Rising (:30)

Anthem- Earth Song by Frank Ticheli- First Universalist Choir, Dr. Randy Buikema, conductor (2:52)

Time for All Ages/New Member Ceremony- Liz Farmer, Daryn Wodson, Rev. Meg Riley (6:32)

Hymn- Blue Boat Home (15:17)

Message- Our Sacred Trust- Julica Hermann de la Fuente (18:22)

Song- What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong- Aimee K. Bryant and Franco Holder (44:34)

April 10, 2022- Organized People

Monday, April 11th, 2022

Folks in organizing circles say that Power requires Organized Money and Organized People. This congregation does an excellent job of organizing its money every Sunday, and sharing generously with important partners. What else is possible if we organize our people similarly? What would it take for us to take our organizing and mobilization to the next level? Join us for a dialogue with poets and movement mediators to explore what else might be possible as we get stronger and clearer together. (And don’t miss the next installment in the story series, As The Acorn Sprouts, where our acorns learn to organize!)

Words of Welcome- Rev. Jen Crow (:30)

Poem- The Butterfly Effect by Rev. Theresa I. Soto (4:09)

Hymn- Come and Go With Me- Aimee K. Bryant, Franco Holder (6:40)

Call to Worship- Nancy Jones (9:48)

Story for All Ages- The Acorn Saga continues! (13:03)

Prayer and Cycle of Life- Rev. Jen Crow (27:04)

Message- Organized People- Julica Hermann de la Fuente (33:29)

Postlude- Building a New Way- Aimee K. Bryant, Franco Holder 

April 3, 2022- Yeast, Baking Powder, and Other Ways We Rise

Monday, April 4th, 2022

Things rise and fall every day: not just baked items in the oven but energies, emotions, commitments, willingness. Though the idea of ‘onward and upward forever’ has been long proven to be a lie; most of us use our days trying to create more of what we want in ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world. What are some of the obstacles and what can help us to rise, even a tiny bit?

Words of Welcome- Rev. Arif Mamdani (:29)

Call to Worship- David Bach (7:59)

Story for All Ages- Grandmother Spider Weaves the World (12:53)

Prayer and Meditation- Rev. Arif Mamdani (20:56)

Reading- The Butterfly Effect by Rev. Theresa I. Soto- Rev. Arif Mamdani

Sermon- Yeast, Baking Powder, and Other Ways We Rise- Rev. Meg Riley (29:21)

Piano throughout- Franco Holder; Vocals throughout- Aimee K. Bryant

March 27, 2022- Living Through the Lens of Love

Monday, March 28th, 2022

We talk a lot about love here. A love that will not let us go. A love that draws a circle so wide that everyone is included. A love that works to end oppression in all of its forms and build beloved community. The Universalist spirit of love and hope. But what does it mean to live a life through the lens of love? This Sunday, as author bell hooks would say in her essential text, it’s all about love.

Words of Welcome- Rev. Jen Crow (:20)

Hymn- This Little Light of Mine- Aimee K. Bryant (6:09)

Call to Worship- Peter Kimball (8:03)

Story for All Ages- Lauren Wyeth (12:00)

Prayer and Meditation- Rev. Arif Mamdani (17:30)

Sermon- Living Through the Lens of Love- Rev. Jen Crow (22:43)

Piano Throughout- Barb Brooks

March 20, 2022- The Covenant of Covenant

Monday, March 21st, 2022

In this bigger togetherness, what do you need promised to you?

In this bigger togetherness, what do you promise to those around you?

In this bigger togetherness, what aspirations stretch you to who you want to be?

This Sunday, March 20, let’s talk about covenant and the promises we make, the promises we want made to us, and what it is that we’re reaching for when we covenant together in this ever bigger togetherness.

 

Words of Welcome and Land Acknowledgement- Rev. Arif Mamdani (:30)

Call to Worship- Liz Short (5:01)

Story for All Ages- Worship Leaders (9:01)

Interlude- Come and Go With Me- Libby Turner, Franco Holder (14:43)

Connecting with One Another- Rev. Karen Hutt (17:10)

Message- The Covenant of Covenant- Rev. Arif Mamdani (22:50)

Offertory- Imagine by John Lennon, revised- Libby Turner, Franco Holder (39:38)

 

 

March 6, 2022- A Bigger Togetherness

Monday, March 7th, 2022

As we live into new and more expansive ways of being together, what will we hold on to, and what will we release? What fierce and holy imagination will guide us as we drop the ways of being that weigh us down, taking only what we need into a future full of justice, liberation, love and joy for the generations to come? 

Prelude- Gather Together- Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout and Franco Holder

Welcome and Call to Worship- Rev. Jen Crow (2:25)

Story for All Ages- Acornology- Lauren Wyeth and the Worship Team (9:19)

Interlude- Building A New Way- Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout and Franco Holder (13:52)

Prayer and Meditation- Rev. Arif Mamdani (16:16)

Message- A Bigger Togetherness- Rev. Jen Crow (28:47)

 

 

February 27, 2022- Humanism is Black

Monday, February 28th, 2022

The first humanists in the United States were people of African descent. They brought with them a philosophy that is rooted in every attempt America has made to envision a more perfect union. This Sunday, we will explore two moments where explicit and implicit humanist constructs informed the movement of human dignity.

Words of Welcome and Call to Worship- Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout (:20)

Community Prayer and Cycle of Life- Rev. Arif Mamdani (7:53)

Interlude- What's Going On? by Marvin Gaye- Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout (15:03)

Message- Humanism is Black- Rev. Karen Hutt

 

February 20, 2022- black magic

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022

BlackLivesMatter. Self-care. Intersectionality. The Underground Railroad. Fractal world change–the power in communities of communities. “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” pleasure activism. Warrior poetry. Stonewall, and the countless other times a drag queen gets her life, and saves another.

Women are powerful and dangerous, Audre Lorde writes.

Thank goodness.

We’re conjuring a joyful celebration of the million ways black female and trans pioneers make justice and love more real, every day and night.

 

Prelude- Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout and Aimee K. Bryant (:29)

Words of Welcome and Land Acknowledgement- Rev. Arif Mamdani (2:10)

Call to Worship- Rev. Arif Mamdani (4:33)

Story for All Ages- Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o- Julica Hermann de la Fuente (8:48)

Interlude- Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout and Aimee K. Bryant (18:13)

Community Prayer and Cycle of Life- Julica Hermann de la Fuente (22:35)

Message- black magic- Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout (29:10)
Dr. Rideout's message was interspersed between clips from this video

Offering- Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism- Rev. Arif Mamdani (41:21)

February 13, 2022- Murmurations

Tuesday, February 15th, 2022

In Emergent Strategy, adrienne maree brown invites us to imagine a future in which we humans have gained the ability to move akin to a flock of starlings, each of us attuned to those around us, able to shift and move in concert with the community(ies) of which we are a part. This Sunday, February 13, we wonder about the wisdom of starlings and how they might inform our lives, and we’ll celebrate and lift up those in the community who volunteer their time and energy in the multidimensional dance of church, making this community the vibrant and radiant place that it is.

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement- Julica Hermann de la Fuente (:30)

Wisdom Story- Lauren Wyeth (7:43)

Ritual of Community Acknowlegement (12:19)

Prayer and Cycle of Life- Rev. Arif Mamdani (17:20)

Homiy- Murmurations- Rev. Arif Mamdani (23:17)

Piano throughout- Franco Holder

 


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