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Worship Service - September 27, 2020

Welcome to the September 27, 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!

" The Days of Awe: Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur "

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Gathering Music

Suellen Kipp

Blowing the Shofar

"Jerusalem Shofar at Sunrise"


Helen Leddy

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

#331 - "Life is the Greatest Gift of All" - vs. 1

Life is the greatest gift of all the riches on this earth
Life and its creatures, great and small, of high and lowly birth
So treasure it, and measure it,
With deeds of shining worth.

A New Year Begins: Rosh Hashanah 5780 and Yom Kippur

Helen Leddy


"As a New Year Begins" by Kate Lore
Moments of Forgiving, Forgiveness, and Remembering

Helen Leddy

Musical Meditation

"Reverie in b minor" - James Michael Stevens
Lesley Peterson & Suellen Kipp


#217  - "O Sing Hallelujah" - vs. 1

O sing hallelujah, O sing hallelujah
All praise be to you through the high arch of the heavens
And praise be by sun, moon, and stars
By trumpet, harp, and lute
with cymbals and strings and flute
With dancing, singing, and music we praise you
Sing hallelujah, O sing hallelujah.


"Yom Kippur--A Time for Repentance, Reflection, and Renewal"
Reverend Roger Grugel

Online Morning Offering

Helen Leddy

Community Sharing Partner: Lee Interfaith For Empowerment (LIFE)

Musical Offering

Suellen Kipp

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 month our Community Sharing Partner is The Lee Interfaith For Empowerment (LIFE). LIFE (Lee Interfaith for Empowerment) is a group of Lee County, Florida congregations coming together based upon our shared value of justice. Their welcoming statement reads in part, "We celebrate today and every day our differences- we speak, pray, and think differently and we welcome each other’s authentic expressions of faith. We do this because we know that bringing diverse congregations together allows us to collectively and more effectively address the issues that face our community. LIFE for justice, justice for life." Current issues include establishing an Affordable Housing Trust Fund to create $3 million of revenue to use each year for housing for those making less than 60% of Area Median Income; addressing the over 200 babies on a waitlist for childcare vouchers; and following up after our state bill was passed requiring law enforcement to document why certain children are arrested, rather than issued a civil citation. LIFE is funded by member congregations and by individual members who make this work possible.

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

Helen Leddy

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.


"Shana Tova Blowing The Shofar"


Helen Leddy


Suellen Kipp

Thank you to today's participants:      

Reverend Roger Grugel, Guest Minister
Suellen Kipp, Director of Music
Helen Leddy, Worship Associate
Lesley Peterson, Musician and Tech Team Member
Mark Brandon, Tech Team Member
Walter Peterson, Tech Lead
jill Carville, Tech Team Coordinator


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