Best Laid Plans

One of the most important lessons from Buddhism is that change is both hard and inevitable. How can we travel the difficult line between making plans for our present and future while also being prepared for when they have to change?

Coordinator: Pamela Hardman

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Best Laid Plans

August 22, 2021

Centering Thought

“The eight-fold path is fruitful in the beginning, fruitful in the middle, and fruitful at the end. Each step along the path can bring greater joy, tranquility, concentration, equanimity, insight, wisdom, compassion, and loving-kindness.”

~ The Reverend Sam Trumbore, Buddhist Voices in Unitarian Universalism

Centering Music

You Can’t Always Get What You Want, The Rolling Stones


Pam Hardman

Gathering Hymn

Hymn 1031 Filled with Loving Kindness

Chalice Lighting

“For Each and For All,’ The Reverend Erik Walker Wikstrom

Opening Words

“Suspended Between,” The Rev. Dr. Linda Barnes


Love Is The Spirit

Candles of Caring

Colleen Millikin

Unison Words

Let us find within ourselves that quiet place as we turn our hearts and minds to caring for each other. May we be responsive and supportive, and may we honour that which is entrusted to us with love and compassion.  This is our ministry of listening.


Hymn 1031 Filled with Lovingkindness


A Covenant Invites Relationship by Lisa Ward


Hymn 391 Voice Still and Small

Story Wisdom

“Crystal and the Pixie,” written and told by Dharmachari Nagaraja


Pam Hardman

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Open My Heart, Music by Henry S. Flurry © 2004,; performed by Susan T. Mashiyama,


“Change is a Word on Wheels,” DeReau K. Farrar


Hymn 1068 Rising Green


Excerpt from The Art of Being a Healing Presence, James E. Miller & Susan Cutshall

The sound of the bell and two minutes of silence will follow the spoken meditation.


Rev. Meghann Robern


1052 The Oneness of Everything


Pam Hardman


“Teachers Everywhere,” The Reverend Amy Zucker Morgenstern

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame


A Change Would Do You Good, Sheryl Crow

Gratitude for our staff and our lay leaders who made this service happen:

  • Leaders: Rev. Meghann Robern
  • Coordinator: Pam Hardman, Sunday Services Team
  • Tech Host: Ashlyn Noble, Lauren Bailey
  • Chat Moderator: Colleen Milikin, Tech Team
  • Candles of Caring Host: Colleen Milikin, Pastoral Care Team
  • Songleader Videos: PJ Buchan, Music Director, and the FUUW Choir; Paul Rodermond, accompanist; Josh Robern, editor
  • To contact the SunServ Team please email