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Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
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Rev. Meredith Garmon
Order of Service
2020 October 18

Rev. Meredith Garmon, Minister
Tracy Breneman, Religious Educator
Adam Kent, Music Director
Chalice Lighting/Extinguishing: Joe Majsak, Chair of Board of Trustees
Our Congregation: Inquirers Series ~ Ginny Strand, Membership;
Paula Meighan, Caring & Sharing; Al Rocchi, Past BOT Chair
The CUUC Choir is directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas

Gathering Music ~ Adam
Hymn #51: Lady of the Season’s Laughter
Cancion y danza No. 1 · Cancion y danza No. 4 ~ Federico Mompou
Hymn #354, We Laugh, We Cry
Cancion y danza No. 9 ~ Mompou

Centering Music ~ Adam
Cancion y danza No. 5 ~ Federico Mompou

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

Welcome ~ Tracy, Adam, Meredith

Chalice Lighting ~ Joe

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.

UU Minute ~ Meredith

Opening Music ~ Adam
From Impresiones intimas: Secreto ~ Federico Mompou

Invocation ~ Meredith

Hymn ~ #51, Lady of the Season’s Laughter

Lady of the seasons’ laughter, in the summer’s warmth be near;
when the winter follows after, teach our spirits not to fear.
Hold us in your steady mercy, Lady of the turning year.

Sister of the evening starlight, in the falling shadows stay
here among us till the far light of tomorrow’s dawning ray.
Hold us in your steady mercy, Lady of the turning day.

Mother of the generations, in whose love all life is worth
everlasting celebrations, bring our labors safe to birth.
Hold us in your steady mercy, Lady of the turning earth.

Goddess of all times’ progression, stand with us when we engage
hands and hearts to end oppression, writing history’s fairer page.
Hold us in your steady mercy, Lady of the turning age.

Affirmation in Word ~ Meredith, Tracy

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 ~ Tracy
Video inspired by quotes in Hoda Kotb’s This Just Speaks to Me

Musical Interlude 1 ~ Adam
Cancion y danza No. 6 ~ Federico Mompou

Homily 1 ~ Meredith

Musical Interlude 2 ~ Adam
From Impresiones intimas: Gitano ~ Federico Mompou

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.

Invitation to Share ~ Tracy

Musical Meditation ~ Adam
From Impresiones intimas: Cuna (Cradle) ~ Federico Mompou

Spiritual Practice ~ Meredith

Homily 2 ~ Meredith

Hymn ~ #354, We Laugh, We Cry

We laugh, we cry, we live, we die; we dance, we sing our song.
We need to feel there’s something here to which we can belong.
We need to feel the freedom just to have some time alone.
But most of all we need close friends we can call our very own.
And we believe in life, and in the strength of love;
and we have found a need to be together.
We have our hearts to give, we have our thoughts to receive;
and we believe that sharing is an answer.

A child is born among us and we feel a special glow.
We see time’s endless journey as we watch the baby grow.
We thrill to hear imagination freely running wild.
We dedicate our minds and heart to the spirit of this child.
And we believe in life, and in the strength of love;
and we have found a time to be together.
And with the grace of age, we share the wonder of youth,
and we believe that growing is an answer.

Our lives are full of wonder and our time is very brief.
The death of one among us fills us all with pain and grief.
But as we live, so shall we die, and when our lives are done
the memories we shared with friends, they will linger on and on.
And we believe in life, and in the strength of love;
and we have found a place to be together.
We have the right to grow, we have the gift to believe
that peace within our living is an answer.

We seek elusive answers to the questions of this life.
We seek to put an end to all the waste of human strife.
We search for truth, equality, and blessed peace of mind.
And then, we come together here, to make sense of what we find.
And we believe in life, and in the strength of love,
and we have found a joy being together.
And in our search for peace, maybe we’ll finally see:
even to question, truly is an answer.

Our Congregation: Inquirers Series ~ Ginny, Paula, Al

Announcements ~ Tracy

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 ~ Adam, Tracy, Meredith

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
Cancion y danza No. 5 (danza) ~ Federico Mompou
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