Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
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Share the Plate for January: Interfaith Council for New Americans
Does Social Change Happen Intentionally?
Rev. Meredith Garmon
Order of Service
2021 January 17

Rev. Meredith Garmon, Minister
Tracy Breneman, Religious Educator
Adam Kent, Music Director
Our Congregation: Tom Wacht, Committee on Ministry
Chalice Lighting/Extinguishing: Joe Majsak, Board Chair
Online Worship Tech Team: Tony Arrien, Rachel Diamond
The CUUC Choir is directed by Lisa N. Meyer, accompanied by Georgianna Pappas


Gathering Music
Twelve Spirituals on the Life of Christ ~ Bayard Rustin, tenor; James Farmer, narrator

Introduction Theme ~ CUUC Choir
You’ve Got a Friend in Me ~ Randy Newman, performed by the CUUC Choir

Welcome ~ Meredith, Tracy

Chalice Lighting ~ Joe

We light this chalice to affirm
That new light is ever waiting to break through to illumine our way;
That new truth is ever waiting to break through to enlighten our minds;
And that new love is ever waiting to break through to warm our hearts.

UU Minute ~ Meredith

Centering Music ~ Adam
Deep River ~ Traditional Spiritual, arr. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Invitation to Share, Spoken Invocation ~ Meredith

Sung Invocation ~ #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.

Affirmation ~ Meredith

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.

Opening Music ~ Adam
Rondo a la criolla -- Tania León

Time for All Ages ~ Tracy
Drumbeat for Change ~ Kelly Starling Lyons

Prayer ~ Meredith

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
From Cinnamon Grove -- II. Adagio ~ R. Nathaniel Dett

Spiritual Practice ~ Meredith
“Get Excited”

Hymn ~ #1017, We Are Building a New Way

We are building a new way. We are building a new way.
We are building a new way, feeling stronger ev’ry day,
We are building a new way.

We are working to be free. We are working to be free.
We are working to be free, hate and greed and jealousy.
We are working to be free.

We can feed our every need. We can feed our ev’ry need.
We can feed our ev’ry need, Start with love, that is the seed.
We can feed our every need.

Peace and freedom is our cry. Peace and freedom is our cry.
Peace and freedom is our cry, Without these this world will die.
Peace and freedom is our cry.

Sermon, Part 1 ~ Meredith

Musical Interlude 1 ~ Adam
Tumbao ~ Tania León

Sermon, Part 2 ~ Meredith

Hymn ~ #1018, Come and Go with Me

Come and go with me to that land, come and go with me to that land,
come and go with me to that land where I’m bound.
Come and go with me to that land, come and go with me to that land,
come and go with me to that land where I’m bound.

There’ll be freedom in that land, there’ll be freedom in that land,
there’ll be freedom in that land where I’m bound.
There’ll be freedom in that land, there’ll be freedom in that land,
there’ll be freedom in that land where I’m bound.

There’ll be justice in that land, there’ll be justice in that land,
there’ll be justice in that land where I’m bound.
There’ll be justice in that land, there’ll be justice in that land,
there’ll be justice in that land where I’m bound.

There’ll be singing in that land, there’ll be singing in that land,
there’ll be singing in that land where I’m bound.
There’ll be singing in that land, there’ll be singing in that land,
there’ll be singing in that land where I’m bound.

Announcements ~ Meredith

Extinguishing the Chalice ~ Joe

As we have gathered, so we depart
To carry into the world who we are:
People of free faith: seeking a deeper truth.
People of love: resolved to build belonging.

Spoken Benediction ~ Meredith, Tracy

Sung Benediction ~ CUUC Choir
You’ve Got a Friend in Me ~ Randy Newman, performed by the CUUC Choir

If you got troubles, then I got ’em too
There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you
We stick together and we see it through
’Cause you’ve got a friend in me - Yeah you’ve got a friend in me
Now some other folks might be a little bit smarter than I am
Bigger and stronger, too, maybe
But none of them will ever love you the way I do
Just me and you, boy
And as the years go by - Our friendship will never die
You’re gonna see it’s our destiny
You’ve got a friend in me

Music for Parting ~ Adam
From In the Bottoms, Juba Dance ~ R. Nathaniel Dett
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