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

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

Stay with us after worship for our virtual coffee hour.
Click zoom.us/j/3369562210 or call 929-436-2866 and enter Meeting ID 336 956 2210

We invite you to make your offering online before our service begins.
Coming of Age
Order of Service
2020 May 17

Gathering & Centering Music (Recorded, 9:50-10:10am)

“Never Alone” ~ Jim Brickman, feat. Lady Antebellum
“No Wrong Way Home” ~ Spencer Vincent Alexis Harte (Alexis Harte cover)
“True Colors” ~ Jules Larson Cyndi Lauper (Cyndi Lauper cover)
“Unwritten” ~ Natasha Bedingfield 
“Oh Sing” ~ The Native Sibling 
“I’m On My Way” ~ Rhiannon Giddens 
“On Children” ~ Sweet Honey in the Rock
“Africa” ~ Toto 
“Astronomia (Coffin Dance)” ~ Vicetone & Tony Igy

Opening ~ Tracy Breneman, Religious Educator

Welcome ~ Doyle Zisson

Call to Worship ~ Abigail Breault

Gathering Hymn ~ #346, Come Sing a Song with Me

Come, sing a song with me, come, sing a song with me,
come, sing a song with me, that I might know your mind.

( Chorus ) And I’ll bring you hope when hope is hard to find,
and I’ll bring a song of love and a rose in the wintertime.

Come, dream a dream with me, come, dream a dream with me,
come, dream a dream with me, that I might know your mind.

( Chorus )

Come, walk in rain with me, come, walk in rain with me,
come, walk in rain with me, that I might know your mind.

( Chorus )

Come, share a rose with me, come, share a rose with me,
come, share a rose with me, that I might know your mind.

( Chorus )

Chalice Lighting ~ Shane Swiss

Walk the maze within your heart:
guide your steps into its questioning curves.
This labyrinth is a puzzle leading you deeper into your own truths.
Listen in the twists and turns.
Listen in the openness within all searching.
Listen: a wisdom within you calls to a wisdom beyond you
and in that dialogue lies peace .

Affirmation in Word ~ Nadia Norris

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.

Prayer ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

Musical Meditation
I Am Light” ~ India Arie

Belief Statements
Kate Zipkin ~ Mentor: Christine Haran
Doyle Zisson ~ Mentor: Alex Sehdeva
Violet Bowen-Rink ~ Mentor: Kate Colson

Hymn ~ #1019, Everything Possible ~ recording by the Boston Gay Men's Chorus

We have cleared off the table, the leftovers saved,
washed the dishes and put them away.
I have told you a story and tucked you in tight
at the end of your knockabout day.
As the moon sets its sail to carry you to sleep
over the Midnight Sea,
Well, I will sing you a song no one sang to me
may it keep you good company.

You can be anybody that you want to be,
you can love whomever you will.
You can travel any country where your heart leads
and know I will love you still.
You can live by yourself, you can gather friends around,
you can choose one special one.
And the only measure of your words and your deeds
Will be the love you leave behind when you’re done.

Some girls grow up strong and bold; some boys are quiet and kind.
Some race on ahead, some follow behind; some go in their own way and time.
Some women love women and some men love men.
Some raise children and some never do.
You can dream all the day, never reaching the end
of everything possible for you.

Don’t be rattled by names, by taunts or games, but seek out spirits true.
If you give your friends the best part of yourself,
they will give the same back to you.

You can be anybody that you want to be,
you can love whomever you will.
You can travel any country where your heart leads
and know I will love you still.
You can live by yourself, you can gather friends around,
you can choose one special one.
And the only measure of your words and your deeds
Will be the love you leave behind when you’re done.

Belief Statements
Shane Swiss ~ Mentor: Jason Stoff
Nadia Norris ~ Mentor: Alex Sehdeva

Our Congregation ~ Our Whole Lives Facilitators - David Bowen

Hymn ~ #1028, Fire of Commitment

From the light of days remembered burns a beacon bright and clear
Guiding hands and hearts and spirits Into faith set free from fear.

( Chorus ) When the fire of commitment sets our mind and soul a blaze
When our hunger and our passion meet to call us on our way
When we live with deep assurance of the flame that burns within,
Then our promise finds fulfillment and our future can begin.

From the stories of our living rings a song both brave and free,
Calling pilgrims still to witness to the life of liberty.

( Chorus )

From the dreams of youthful vision comes a new, prophetic voice,
Which demands a deeper justice built by our courageous choice

( Chorus )

Belief Statements
Abigail Breault ~ Mentor: Kate Colson
Kaya Alper-Nocera ~ Mentor: Charles McNally

Presentation ~ Tracy Breneman

Closing Words ~ Kate Zipkin

Closing Hymn ~ #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.

Extinguishing the Chalice ~ Violet Bowen-Rink

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

Closing/Announcements ~ Kaya Alper-Nocera

Music for Parting 

“Roots and Wings” ~ Nashville Cast
“Life s What You Make It” ~ Graham Colton
Stay with us after Worship for our Virtual Coffee Hour
We will put you in small breakout spaces to facilitate conversation and connection.
Click zoom.us/j/3369562210 or call 929-436-2866 and enter Meeting ID 336 956 2210 .

Coming of Age Reception
Click   zoom.us/j/817388428   or call  646-558-8656 , Meeting ID  817 388 428

Adult/Youth Religious Education Class :
4:00pm ~ Common Read Book Discussion
Join us for the third of four discussions about An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States . Co-facilitated by Rev. Meredith Garmon and Jeff Tomlinson
Click zoom.us/j/2898507899 or call 646-876-9923 and enter ID 289 850 7899