Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
How to Join our Online Worship on Sundays

Our Zoom gatherings now require passcodes - the CUUC passcode is 468468
*Two-step login: https://zoom.us/j/761321991 + Passcode: 468468

*Phone (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468

Gathering music begins 9:50am. Welcome at 10:10am


Stay with us after worship for our virtual coffee hour
*Two-step login: https://zoom.us/j/3369562210 + Passcode: 468468
*Phone (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 336 956 2210 · Passcode: 468468


We invite you to make your offering online before our service begins
Make Them Hear You
Rev. Jef Gamblee, Guest Worship Leader
Order of Service
2020 August 9

Prior to walking into an non-judicial execution, Coalhouse Walker, in the musical Ragtime, exhorts his friends to tell the story of the challenges of Black life in America. Our service includes a little Broadway, Dr. King quotes, and a challenge or two. Everything you want in a summer UU service.


Gathering Music
Ella’s Song ~ Sweet Honey in the Rock
Come Ye (From a Distance) ~ Sweet Honey in the Rock
Glory ~ John Legend and Common

Centering Music ~ Adam Kent, Music Director

Take Nabandji
Traditional Southeast African, arr. by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Peacherine Rag
Scott Joplin

Troubled Waters
Margaret Bonds

Welcome ~ Tracy Breneman, Worship Associate

Chalice Lighting ~ Rev. Jef Gamblee, Guest Worship Leader

In a world where some of us are targeted for struggle and brutality,
where others of us benefit and flourish, we affirm:

All of us need all of us to make it.

In a world where powerful people of ill will and indifference
make us fearful for our safety and our futures, we affirm:

All of us need all of us to make it.

In the excruciating space that lives between seeing and naming,
and hearing and changing, we affirm:

All of us need all of us to make it.

We believe that all of us need all of us to make it;
this is why we are in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives
and the Poor People’s Campaign today and every day.

Opening Music ~ Adam Kent
Billies Song
Valerie Capers
Hymn ~ #151, I Wish I Knew How

I wish I knew how it would feel to be free.
I wish I could break all these chains holding me.
I wish I could say all the things I could say,
Say ’em loud, say ’em clear for the whole world to hear.
Say ’em loud, say ’em clear for the whole world to hear.

I wish I could share all the love in my heart,
remove all the bars that still keep us apart.
I wish you could know what it means to be me,
then you’d see and agree everyone should be free.
Then you’d see, and agree everyone should be free.

I wish I could give all I’m longing to give.
I wish I could live like I’m longing to live.
I wish I could do all the things I can do,
though I’m way overdue I’d be starting anew.
Though I’m way overdue I’d be starting anew.

I wish I could be like a bird in the sky.
How sweet it would be if I found I could fly.
I’d soar to the sun and look down at the sea,
then I’d sing ’cause I’d know how it feels to be free.
Then I’d sing ’cause I’d know how it feels to be free.

Affirmation in Word ~ Tracy Breneman

We covenant to nurture each other in our spiritual journeys;
foster compassion and understanding within and beyond our community;
and engage in service to transform ourselves and our world.

Affirmation in Song ~ #318, We Would Be One (verse 1)

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.

Time for All Ages
Fury and Faith
Amanda Gorman, Youth Poet Laureate

Musical Interlude
Make Them Hear You
From Ragtime, music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Performed by Brian Stokes Mitchell

Homily 1 ~ Pastor Jef

Musical Interlude ~ Adam Kent
Cinnamon Grove Suite
II. Adagio cantabile
R. Nathaniel Dett

Spiritual Practice ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

Musical Interlude ~ Adam Kent
The Entertainer
Scott Joplin

Prayer ~ Pastor Jef

Sung Response

Calling all you hungry hearts Everywhere through endless time
You who wander you who thirst I offer you this heart of mine.
Calling all you hungry spirits All the lost and the left behind
All I can I’ll share with you Your joy and your sorrow, I make it mine.

Musical Meditation ~ Adam Kent
Deep River
Traditional Spiritual, arr. by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Reading ~ Tracy Breneman

From “Where Do We Go From Here: Community or Chaos”
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Homily 2 ~ Pastor Jef

Hymn ~ #1008, When Our Heart is in a Holy Place

Chorus: When our heart is in a holy place, When our heart is in a holy place,
We are bless’d with love and amazing grace, When our heart is in a holy place.

When we trust the wisdom in each of us, Ev’ry color ev’ry creed and kind,
And we see our faces in each other’s eyes, Then our heart is in a holy place.

Chorus

When we tell our story from deep inside, And we listen with a loving mind,
And we hear our voices in each other’s words, Then our heart is in a holy place.

Chorus

When we share the silence of sacred space, And the God of our Heart stirs within,
And we feel the power of each other’s faith, Then our heart is in a holy place.

Chorus

Our Congregation
“UU the Vote” Social Justice Team
Karen Leahy

Announcements, Passing of the Peace ~ Tracy Breneman

Be Safe, Be Well

(Non)Extinguishing the Chalice ~ Pastor Jef

Spoken Benediction ~ Pastor Jef

Sung Benediction ~ #123, Spirit of Life 

Spirit of life, come unto me.
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;
move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close; wings set me free;
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.

Music for Parting
Maple Leaf Rag
Scott Joplin
Stay with us after Worship for our Virtual Coffee Hour
We will put you in small breakout spaces to facilitate conversation and connection.
* To join coffee hour, click HERE *
Two-step login: https://zoom.us/j/3369562210 + Passcode: 468468
Phone (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 336 956 2210 · Passcode: 468468

Religious Education classes and Youth Group are on break for the summer.