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

Click or call 646-876-9923 and enter Meeting ID 761 321 991

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

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

For information on our Religious Education activities, click HERE

We invite you to make your offering online before our service begins.
Presence in the Midst of Crisis
Order of Service
2020 May 31

Gathering Music (Recorded, 9:50-10:00am)

From the soundtrack of the film Being There

“Goodbye Louise”
Johnny Mandel, performed by Stephen Edwards

“Also Sprach Zarathustra”
Richard Strauss, arr. Eumir Deodata 

“Being There”
Johnny Mandel, performed by Shirin

Centering Music ~ Adam Kent, Music Director

Intermezzo in E-flat Major, Op. 117, No. 1*
Intermezzo in A Minor, Op. 118, No. 1
Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2
Johannes Brahms

*Prefaced by these lines from an old Scottish ballad, “Lady Anne Bothwell’s Lament”:
Balow, my babe, lie still and sleep! It grieves me sore to see thee weep.

Chalice Lighting ~ Rev. Meredith

We light this chalice to affirm that new light
is ever waiting to break through to illumine our ways;
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.
May we be open to this light, and to its possibilities.

Welcome ~ Tony Arrien, Worship Associate

Opening Music ~ Adam

Beloved Jesu, We Are Here
J. S. Bach, arr. by Harriet Cohen

Our Times ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon, Minister

Hymn ~ #38, Morning Has Broken

Morning has broken like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain’s new fall sunlit from heaven,
like the first dewfall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
sprung in completeness where God’s feet pass.
Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning
born of the one light Eden saw play!
Praise with elation, praise every morning,
God’s recreation of the new day!

Affirmation in Word ~ Tony

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.

Homily 1 ~ Rev. Meredith

Musical Interlude ~ Adam
Gnossienne No. 5
Erik Satie

Time for All Ages ~ Rev. Meredith

Anthem ~ CUUC Choir, Elizabeth Laite, Soloist

There is A Time
Carolyn McDade

The CUUC Choir is directed by Lisa N. Meyer
and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas

Our Congregation ~ Al Rocchi, Chair, CUUC Board of Trustees

Prayer ~ Rev. Meredith

Sung Response

Calling all you hungry hearts - Every where 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

Gnossienne No. 4
Erik Satie

Homily 2 ~ Rev. Meredith

Hymn ~ # 29, Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, God of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before thee, hail thee as the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the pain of doubt away;
giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the joy of day.
All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heav’n reflect thy rays,
stars and planets sing around thee, center of unbroken praise;
field and forest, vale and mountain, blossoming meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest;
wellspring of the joy of living, ocean-depth of happy rest.
Ever singing march we onward, victors in the midst of strife;
joyful music lifts us sunward in the triumph song of life.

Announcement, Passing of the Peace ~ Tony

Be Safe, Be Well

Spoken Benediction ~ Rev. Meredith, Tony, Adam

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.

Extinguishing the Chalice ~ Rev. Meredith

We receive fragments of holiness, 
glimpses of eternity, brief moments of insight. 
Let us gather them up for the precious gifts that they are, 
and, renewed by their grace, move gently into the unknown

M usic for Parting ~ Adam
Gymnopedie No. 1
Erik Satie
Stay with us after Worship for our Virtual Coffee Hour
We will put you in small breakout spaces to facilitate conversation and connection.
Click or call 929-436-2866 and enter Meeting ID 336 956 2210.

RE Programming After Worship:
11:20am ~ Grade K-3 Activity
11:30am ~ Grade 6-7 Class
11:30am ~ Youth Group
Click  or call  646-558-8656 , Meeting ID  817 388 428

Adult/Youth Religious Education Class :
4:00pm ~ The 1619 Project
Join us for the first of a series of discussions on The New York Times Magazine s
1619 Project re-examining the legacy of slavery in the United States.
Click or call 646-876-9923 and enter ID 289 850 7899