"May the light of truth illumine our minds, May the spark of love set our hearts on fire, May the flame of freedom burn brightly within us, Now and always." - Richard M. Fewkes
This Morning's Order of Worship
Rev. Frieda Gillespie, Interim Minister
Sam Chandler, Music Director
  • Welcome & Announcements
  • Call to Worship: Love is Our Greatest Purpose
  • Opening Hymn: #1004 Busca el Amor
  • Reading: We Are Here
  • Lighting Our Chalice: Across the Distance
  • Time for All Ages: The Cracked Pot
  • Offering
  • Morning Message: Telling the Truth
  • Joys & Concerns
  • Closing Hymn: #1034 Daoona Nayeesh
  • Closing Words: To Bless the Space Between Us
  • Postlude: All Together Now
Welcome & Announcements
with Joanna Landsman, Board President
Welcome to our virtual worship service this Sunday, May 24th.
Call to Worship
Love is Our Greatest Purpose by Jay E. Abernathy, Jr.,
read by Anne Turner, Chair of the Worship Council
We affirm that love is our greatest purpose.
Accepting one another is the truest form of faithful living.
The search for truth is our constant star.
We pledge our hearts, minds, and hands:
To challenge injustice with courage;
To find hope in times of fear;
And to live out our Unitarian Universalist values every day as a beloved community.
Thus do we covenant with each other and with all that is sacred in life.
Opening Hymn
#1004 Busca el Amor
1. Examine that heart of yours
as you look for the love on your high shelf
past the pleasure and passion for your own self
for the love that's reaching someone else

Seek out the love in you
and find the joy that comes to those who care
seek out the love in you
it only grows whenever it is shared

2. Your heart's a chameleon
Ever open to change like any flower
spreading out for the sun
petals bursting with power
to be love that's reaching someone else
We Are Here , adapted from Longing in Consolations by David Why,
read by Sarah Witte, Clerk of the Board
We are here essentially to risk ourselves in the world. We are a form of invitation to others and to otherness, we are made to hazard ourselves for the right thing, for the right woman or the right man, for a son or a daughter: sometimes for the right work, sometimes for a gift given against all the odds: and sometimes, in the greatest and most emblematic act of human generosity, for complete and utter strangers. And in all this continual risking, the most profound courage may be found in the greatest risk and the greatest vulnerability of all, the simple willingness to allow ourselves to be happy in that generosity, and out of that happiness, to give more and more happiness along the way…
Lighting Our Chalice
Across the Distance by Laura Thompson, read by Sarah Witte
Time for All Ages
The Cracked Pot with Anna Bianconi, Children's Chapel Teacher
Offering: Our Half-Plate
Grace Street Ministry is an outreach ministry created in 2006 by two ordained UCC pastors who felt Spirit-driven to begin a ministry with the marginalized and homeless in downtown Portland. Grace Street offers a consistent, compassionate, pastoral presence to relieve suffering, address the spiritual needs in this ever shifting community and decrease the prejudice between the housed and the homeless through preaching, education and experience. In the words of Pastor Jeff Logan, “In these scary and uncertain times, we feel as if what we bring to this community is essential, and although we will be exceptionally careful, we plan to continue showing up.” Thank you for your generosity.
Morning Message
Telling the Truth by Rev. Frieda Gillespie
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.
Closing Hymn
#1034 Daoona Nayeesh
Translation: Let us live in peace. Le us live in inner peace. Let us weave our dreams together. Let us die in peace.
Closing Words
To Bless the Space Between Us by John O'Donohue,
read by Joy Ahrens of the Worship Council
All Together Now by OK Go
with Anna Bianconi
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@yahoo.com
Nancy Dix nbellehome@aol.com
George Dreher jdreher@maine.rr.com
Stew Guernsey ssguernsey@yahoo.com