Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
How to Join Our Online Worship this Sunday
Sunday, March 15th at 10:00am

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Centering music will begin at 9:50am.
The Welcome will begin at 10:10am.
We invite you to prepare for service by having a chalice or candle nearby.

After worship ends there will be a 15-minute break, then virtual coffee hour with an all‑ages activity where we will make chalices from items you have around your house, so that you can have a chalice to use at home as you hold your faith close.

Hearts and Minds
Order of Service
2020 March 15

Centering Music ~ Georgianna Pappas, Pianist

Welcome ~ Tracy Breneman, Religious Educator

Opening Music ~ Georgianna

Invocation & Chalice Lighting : “Come Sit by Our Fire” (Je nnifer Kitchen) ~ Rev. Kimberley Debus, Sabbatical Minister

Hymn : Kindred, We Now Meet to Worship (words by Tommy Snell, tune: Hyfrodol)

Kindred, we now meet to worship,
Reaching out through screen and phone.
Though we dwell in isolation,
We don’t have to be alone.
Worshipping beyond our building,
Our connection is no less real.
Though we cannot meet in person,
Covenant unites us still.

Siblings, share a song of gladness
Lifting spirits, spreading cheer,
So that in these days of sadness
We won’t be consumed by fear.
In this time of mass confusion,
Sickness, loss, and overwhelm,
Let us encourage one another,
Hands not joined, but hearts are held.

Friends, be gentle with each other,
There’s so much we're going through.
May this be a time for healing,
Holding space for grieving too.
Bodies, minds, and hearts are weary,
Anguish fills the aching soul,
But we know with perseverance
Broken hearts can be made whole.

Affirmation in Word

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.

A Time of Prayer and Meditation ~ Rev. Kimberley and Tracy

Musical Interlude ~ Georgianna

Hearts and Minds: A Time of Healing and Holding ~ Tracy and Rev. Kimberley

---------- Reading : “Pandemic” (Lynn Ungar)

---------- Reflection : Holding All

---------- Hymn: #18, What Wondrous Love

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
what wondrous love is this, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this that brings my heart such bliss,
and takes away the pain of my soul, of my soul,
and takes away the pain of my soul.

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down beneath my sorrows ground,
friends to me gather’d round, O my soul, O my soul,
friends to me gather’d round, O my soul.

To love and to all friends I will sing, I will sing,
to love and to all friends I will sing.
To love and to all friends who pain and sorrow mend,
with thanks unto the end I will sing, I will sing,
with thanks unto the end I will sing.

---------- Time for All Ages: "Frederick" (Leo Lionni)

Hymn: #1002, Comfort Me

Comfort me, comfort me,
comfort me, oh my soul.
Comfort me, comfort me,
comfort me, oh my soul.

Breathe with me, breathe with me…

Pray with me, pray with me…

Sing with me, sing with me…

Spoken Benediction

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

We extinguish the 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.

Passing of the Peace:   I hold you in my heart