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Worship Service - June 20, 2021


Welcome to the June 20, 2021 Worship Service

Here you will find visual pieces to this morning's worship service. When the audio stream for the service begins at approximately 10:25am, you will be able to listen to it at http://listen.uucfm.org:8000/stream-church. The stream will open in a new tab in your browser. Click the browser tab for this page to come back to view visuals while the audio plays.

You may also access the service via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/98733916229.

You may follow along with the service with this Order of Worship. An online donation button is at the bottom of this page for contributing to the morning offering. Additionally, the words for our covenant and the lyrics for the hymns are provided on this page below the photos. Please join us in singing along! Even though you are not here in body with us, we know that you are with us in spirit. We are glad that you are here!


"Sacred Relationships in Broken Times"

Ann Smith, Guest Speaker

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Gathering Music

 
Suellen Kipp, piano


Welcome


Karen Brown, Worship Associate


Chalice Lighting

Karen Brown


Covenant

Love is the spirit of this church
And service its law
This is our great covenant
To dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love
And to help one another
~ James Vila Blake


Call To Worship

"The Many Names for Mother / Father / Parent"
         By Janet H. Bowering



Albie Johnson


Opening Hymn

#1067  Mother Earth, Beloved Garden

Mother Earth, beloved garden, living treasure under foot,
All our days you ground our being: sage and thistle, grass and root.
Herbs to heal us, plants to feed us, land to till and tend and plow.
With the pendant, deep as midnight, North we ask you: be here now.

Father Air, your inspiration holds together all that lives.
As we breathe, our minds see clearly, leading us to love and give.
Raging whirlwind, whispered breezes, violent gale and gentle cloud.
With the blade as sharp as morning, East we ask you: be here now.

Brother Fire, great transformer, share the passion of the sun.
In our hearths, your warmth revives us, cooks our food and heats our homes.
Flaming candle, blood within us, blazing desert, will to grow.
With the wand, directing power, South we ask you: be here now.

Sister Water, ever flowing, ocean, river, pond and rain.
Drink we now and quench our thirsting, cleanse us, we begin again.
Mist and ice, a host of changes, all that courage will allow.
With the cup, the holy chalice, West we ask you, be here now.

Lover Spirit, intuition in the center of our souls.
In your love we find relation. All connected, we are whole.
Timeless mystery, quiet conscience, deepest values, voice inside.
With the drum and with the cauldron, this we ask you, be our guide.


Shared Wisdon


"3 VIPs"
Albie Johnson


A Time For All Ages

"Walking with the Wind" by Karen G. Johnston
Karen Brown


Centering

"Spirit and Body Joined Together"  By Laura Horton-Ludwig
Albie Johnson


Stones of Intention

"Cortege from Petite Suite" by Debussy
Performed by Duo Beaux Arts

 

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May your prayers be heard and your hearts be restored.

Sermon

"Sacred Relationships in Broken Times"
Ann Smith


Hymn

#34 Though I May Speak With Bravest Fire

Though I may speak with bravest fire, and have the gift to all inspire,
and have not love, my words are vain as sounding brass and hopeless gain.

Though I may give all I possess, and striving so my love profess,
but not be given by love within, the profit soon turns strangely thin.

Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control, our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed; by this we worship, and are freed.


Online Morning Offering

Community Sharing Partner:

One of the ways we live our spiritual values in the world is by making them real through the form of financial contribution.  We invite you to enliven your commitment to this community and be generous in giving to support the work of this Congregation during this challenging time.
 
Every month we also donate funds to a community organization in Lee County. Our Community Sharing partner this month is Pachamama Alliance Community of SW Florida.

The Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida was formed in October 2016 after a group of local leaders took the Game Changer Intensive.

Their intention is to work with the people in Southwest Florida who are beginning to live in a new dream— one that fosters environmental sustainability, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment. Their three-fold mission is to collaborate with and support existing Game-Changing movements; Originate programs and facilitate trainings designed to enlighten, energize, and empower pro-activists, and integrate the wisdom of and promote the participation of indigenous peoples to strengthen our collective transformation.

More info can be found at https://connect.pachamama.org/group/87/about

Please give generously. Thank you!

If you would like to make an online donation to UUCFM or pay your church pledge virtually, please click the yellow Donate below -- which takes you to our PayPal account. Please make a note in the space provided by PayPal to indicate whether your contribution is for UUCFM, our community sharing partner, or goes towards your pledge. Thank you.


Extinguishing the Chalice

Karen Brown

Words by 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.


Benediction

"Be a Branch of the Tree of Life" By Norman V Naylor
Albie Johnson


Postlude

Suellen Kipp


Closing Words

Karen Brown


Thank you to today's participants:      

Ann Smith, Guest Speaker
Albie Johnson, Lay Minister
Suellen Kipp, Director of Music
Karen Brown, Worship Associate
Duo Beaux Arts
Lesley Peterson, Tech Team Member
Mark Brandon, Tech Team Member
Walter Peterson, Lead Tech Team Member
Holley Rauen, Tech Team Member
Jill Carville, Tech Team Coordinator
Carole Latino,UU Dialogues Host
Bill Petrarca,UU Dialogues Host

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