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Worship Service - July 26, 2020

Welcome to the July 26, 2020 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://us02web.zoom.us/j/89150482747.

You may following along with the service by viewing the photos in the photo gallery below; they will update throughout the service. 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!


“Grief and Community Care”

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Gathering Music

Celtic Harp Selections ~ Lesley Peterson


Welcome

Allie Carville


Chalice Lighting and 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


Opening Hymn

#318 - We Would Be One
Performed by Church of the Larger Fellowship

We would be one as now we join in singing
Our hymn of love, to pledge ourselves anew
To that high cause of greater understanding
Of who we are, and what in us is true
We would be one in living for each other
To show to all a new community.

We would be one in building for tomorrow
A nobler world than we have known today
We would be one in searching for that meaning
Which binds our hearts and points us on our way
As one, we pledge ourselves to greater service
With love and justice, strive to make us free.


Call to Worship

"Choose to Bless the World"
 Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker


Shared Wisdom

"On the Night You Were Born"
Jenn Blosser


Goodbye Ritual


Centering

"Burning the Old Year" by Naomi Shihab Nye
Allie Carville


Stones of Intention and Power

"Nearer My God To Thee"
Suellen Kipp, piano

(The number in the counter above signifies the number of people who have placed their stone before yours.
After you add yours, the counter will include it
and it will be included in the total for those who follow you.
Please know that you are doing this in community.)

May your prayers be heard and your hearts be restored.

Hymn

#95 - There is More Love Somewhere
Performed by Church of the Larger Fellowship

There is more love somewhere
There is more love somewhere
I'm gonna keep on 'til I find it
There is more love somewhere.


Reflection

Theresa Bahre


Online Morning Offering

"The Lone Wild Bird"
Lesley Peterson, recorder
Suellen Kipp, piano

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Community Sharing Partner: Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida

One of the ways we live our spiritual values in the world is by making them real through the form of financial contribution.  I 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 The Pachamama Alliance 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 together. Our 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.  We have begun to set an example of local support for national and global initiatives that create the more beautiful world we know is possible.

Before COVID, we met on the first Thursday evening of every month for Game Changer Gatherings at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers. These gatherings featured well known and respected community leaders, bringing a lot of community activists through our doors.  We also have a regular newsletter that reaches over 350 Pachamama People who have participated in our programs.

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.


 

Extinguishing the Chalice

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

"With What Benediction Shall I Leave You?"
Mark Mosher DeWolfe


Postlude


Suellen Kipp


Thank you to today's participants:      

Jenn Blosser, Director of Religious Education          
Suellen Kipp, Director of Music
Theresa Bahre, Worship Associate
Allie Carville, Worship Associate
Lesley Peterson, Musician and Tech Team Member
Mark Brandon, Tech Team Member
Walter Peterson, Tech Team Member
Holley Rauen, Tech Team Member
Krista Hopper, Tech Team Member