"We don't live into our redemption very much, or get to win the fight over death. Jesus’ resurrection is a symbol and a promise that we are redeemed and that death’s dominion is not the final word. On Easter the Deep Magic breaks through. We proclaim and sing that love’s redeeming work is done — and then get back to that very work." - Sarah C. Stewart
This Morning's Order of Worship
Rev. Frieda Gillespie, Interim Minister
Sam Chandler, Music Director
  • Welcome & Announcements
  • Choral Introit: Lily in the Valley
  • Call to Worship: The Cave Tomb is Empty
  • Opening Hymn: Now the Green Blade Riseth
  • Reading: Keeping Quiet
  • Lighting Our Chalice: We Light this Chalice
  • Time for All Ages: When Spring Comes
  • Offering
  • Morning Message: Easter
  • Joys & Concerns
  • Closing Hymn: 'Tis a Gift to Be Simple
  • Closing Words: by Alex Holt
  • Choral Benediction: The Storm is Passing Over
  • Coffee Hour: Live! at 12 pm
Welcome & Announcements
with Joanna Landsman
Welcome to our virtual worship service this Sunday, April 12th.
Choral Introit
Lily in the Valley, performed by First U's Choir
Call to Worship
The Cave Tomb is Empty by Lois Van Leer, read by Sarah Witte
today is a story day
of a man who was loved
washed with herbs
wrapped in scented cloths
laid to rest in a cave tomb
a rock marking the place

a story
of followers weeping
in surprise
when they are told not to be afraid
that the rock is rolled away
and the cave tomb is empty
and somewhere up ahead on the road
the man is present to those who love him

Hope, life and love winning out
death and fear
but an unoccupied cave tomb.
Opening Hymn
Hymn #266 Now the Green Blade Riseth
Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda
Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still
for once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for a second,
and not move our arms so much.
It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.
Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would not look at his hurt hands.
Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.
What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.
If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.
Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.
Lighting Our Chalice
We Light This Chalice by Lois E. Van Leer, read by Lily O'Brien-Gilbert
We light this chalice —
not because we must but because we may.

We light this chalice —
not because we have the truth but because we each come bearing and seeking many truths.

We light this chalice —
in connection across culture, distance, class, and language.

We light this chalice —
that our religion may be a beacon

Of light, hope, and justice.

We light this chalice
to kindle our hearts and our minds.
Time for All Ages
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
  • What are all the signs of Spring you can find? How many are there outside of your home right now? What are your favorite things about Spring?
  • Do you and your family do anything to celebrate the changing of the seasons? Maybe you do Spring cleaning, maybe you celebrate Passover or Easter, maybe you plant a garden, maybe you play in mud puddles. What are other special things about Springtime?
Even though our church is closed, we are still here for you. Rev. Frieda, Gwen, Sam, and Andrea continue to carry on. Even as your own life faces uncertainty, whatever you can give is greatly appreciated so we can continue to offer the connection, comfort and content we each rely upon. Just click the "Make Your Offering" button below (to contribute via PayPal), dropping a check or cash in the mail, or sending via your bank. We are here for you. The morning offering has now been requested.
Morning Message
Easter Message by Rev. Frieda Gillespie, Interim Minister
Joys and Concerns
You now have the opportunity to post your own joys and concerns on our virtual sharing board. Share your own or read what others have to share.

We remain together in spirit. Here is what we have in our hearts today:

  • Martha Hutchinson lights a candle of concern for those in her family on the front line of this pandemic. Her son, Peter, a Mid Coast Hospital MD, her daughter-in-law, Becca, a Maine Med MD, daughter Eliza, an MD at two low-barrier clinics in Seattle, and older brother, John, a long time, still practicing DO in pulmonary, critical care, and ICU in Detroit.

  • We light a candle for all those we hold in our hearts today and every day. We honor those whose concerns are too tender to be spoken.
Closing Hymn
Hymn #16 'Tis a Gift to Be Simple
Closing Words
by Alex Holt, read by Joanna Landsman
For all those who celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, may this day be another affirmation of divine love and promise;

For all those who see the eternal story of new spring and life beginning anew, may you breathe deeply of a season of promise and hope.

For all who are experiencing despair or hopelessness this Easter, may you find in the darkness or depression a doorway to light and warmth that offers you freedom.

For all of us: together we can do what no one isolated person can do; rolling the heavy stone aside reminds us we are far more powerful than we ever could be on our own.

Our offering of strong hands to help are prayers made real;
Let us begin again to love
Choral Benediction
The Storm is Passing Over, performed by First U's Choir
Coffee Hour: Live! at 12:00 pm
Please join us for a virtual coffee hour hosted on Zoom! (New to Zoom? Check out this informative guide .) 

You can join:
  • Online (this includes audio and optional video capabilities) and enter the password: PEACE
  • By landline or cell phone by calling: +1 929-205-6099 and then entering the Meeting ID: 379 697 489 and enter the password: PEACE
Here are the ways you can contact us at First Universalist:

Rev. Frieda Gillespie, Interim Minister flgillespie@gmail.com or call 508-207-7566
* You can contact Rev. Frieda at any time in an emergency. Home office hours are 10 am - 2 pm.
Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant gwenatfirstu@gmail.com
Andrea Meadows, Administrative Assistant office@uuyarmouth.org

Joanna Landsman, President  jslandsman@gmail.com
Jennifer Civiello, Vice-President civielloj@gmail.com
Marge Titcomb, Treasurer mjtbean@aol.com
Sarah Witte, Clerk sarahcoffinwitte@gmail.com
Andrew Tonks andrewftonks@gmail.com
Nancy Dix nbellehome@aol.com
George Dreher jdreher@maine.rr.com
Stew Guernsey ssguernsey@yahoo.com