Love is our doctrine,
the quest for truth is our sacrament,
and service is our prayer.
Amidst the images of chaos at our nation's capitol that are flooding our screens since last Wednesday, Jan. 6, these words of affirmation remind us of another truth. While the violence is shocking, and the breach of our democratic norms troubling, we at UUCMC stand bound together in this covenant. The depth of the complicity of some of our elected leaders in an attempt to use force to get their way, to do real harm to others, is the very opposite of the democracy we hold so dear. Democracy demands respect and dignity for all her people.
Someone said in a meeting this week that what has happened hurts so much because of how deeply Unitarian Universalists believe in that democracy. We trust that wisdom will lie in the will of all the people to forge a common good. The hurt and the harm are real, my friends. Our faith in the power of many voices and our democratic ideal is being tested.
In this test may we follow the advice Dr. Martin Luther King who said,
"Everyone can be great because everybody can serve."
With faith in that expansive definition of "everyone," and in our shared power to serve the beloved and common good we offer this prayer today:
Spirit of Life and Love,
We pray for all the hands that lift the burden of our great need.
We pray for all the bodies threatened by violence in word or deed.
We pray that love will enter into even the most cold and distant heart of us.
May all our people, those on every side,
find warmth and sustenance in the Love that knows no bounds.
May we all serve to heal and not to harm.
May we share the power to move in service to our ideals
with Love at the center once again.
Rev. Virginia and Rev. Craig