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Worship Service - August 2, 2020

Welcome to the August 2, 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 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

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!

“Blessing of the Animals”

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Remember: These photos will automatically update throughout the service so that you may follow along.

Gathering Music

Suellen Kipp


Holley Rauen

Call to the Ancestors

Joy Purcell

Chalice Lighting and Covenant

Holley Rauen

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

#446 - To The Four Directions (modified)

CUUPS Members

Opening Hymn

#1068 - Rising Green - vs. 4

My foot carries days of the old into new
Our dreming shows us the way
Wondrous our faith settles deep in the earth,
Rising green to bring a new day.
Rising green, rising green
Rising green to bring a new day.

Shared Wisdom

"The Stuff of Stars"
Krista Hopper


"Breathing" - Jeannine Clark
Holley Rauen

Stones of Intention and Power

"A Minor Bit of Serenity"
Written and Performed Peter Golbitz - Guitar

(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.


"The Oldest Animals"
Written and Performed by Lesley Peterson - vocals, bowed psaltery, recorder
Additional accompaniment by SilverBranch

Blessing of the Animals

Krista Hopper

Unison reading: (please stay muted)

May our special friends be blessed. We honor your being. May we be true friends for all our days and share the joys and mysteries of diversity on this planet. May you be well, happy, and peaceful. Blessed Be.

Special slideshow featuring our congregation's animal friends
"Fur and Feathers" - Anne Hill - Circle Round and Sing

Online Morning Offering

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight"
The Nylons

Community Sharing Partner: Gulf Coast Humane Society

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. This morning our Community Sharing Partner is The Gulf Coast Humane Society. The Gulf Coast Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, no-kill, animal welfare organization established as the first non-profit animal welfare organization in Southwest Florida in 1947. Our shelter does not receive any federal, state, or county funding and no funding from the Humane Society of the United States or ASPCA. We rely solely on donations, grants, bequests and fundraising events to further our mission of caring for the neglected and abandoned pets of Southwest Florida. As a no-kill facility, the pets of the Gulf Coast Humane Society remain in our care until they find their forever home.

Our mission is to provide humane care for surrendered animals by offering refuge, providing medical care, and facilitating an adoptive home. Each year we take in more than 2,000 animals in need of compassionate care.

The work we do to care for these animals is all possible thanks to the support of those of you in the community who care deeply about the welfare of homeless pets. They thank you - and so do we.

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.

Releasing The Directions

CUUPS Members

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.

Thanks and Release to the Ancestors

Joy Purcell


Holley Rauen


Suellen Kipp

Thank you to today's participants:      

Joy Purcell, Toni Latino, Krista Hopper, Lesley Peterson and Walter Peterson - CUUPS members
Suellen Kipp, Director of Music
Peter Golbitz,  Musician                 
Holley Rauen, Worship Associate
Lesley Peterson, Musician and Tech Team Member
Mark Brandon, Tech Team Member
Walter Peterson, Tech Team Member
Jill Carville, Tech Team Member