Holding One Another

It has been a hard year for all of us, and we’ve all experienced highs and lows that many of us, if not most, never expected. This service brings us together to hold all that has happened, and to hold our hopes, dreams, and expectations for what the future might bring.

Coordinator: Marian Siemens


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Holding One Another

September 26, 2021

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Centering Thought

“There is a Love. There is a Love holding us. There is a Love holding all.”

~ The Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker

Centering

“An Ingathering Greeting from UUA President The Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray”

Welcome

Marian Siemens

Gathering Hymn

345 With Joy We Claim the Growing Light

Chalice Lighting

“A Chalice Lighting for Liminal Times,” Summer Albayati

Opening Words

“Begin Your Journey Home,” The Reverend Lindasusan Ulrich

Affirmation

Love Is The Spirit

Candles of Caring

Esmat Elhami

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

Hymn 1060 As We Sing of Hope and Joy

Offering

Marian Siemens

Thank you  for supporting the church with your funds, time, talent and energy.  Direct deposit or post-dated cheques simplify giving.  

Offertory

Blue Moon, Billie Holiday

Reading

“Quiet Bravery,” The Reverend Holly Mueller

Hymn

1023 Building Bridges

Conversation

Rev. Meghann Robern & Andrea James, DLFD

Meditation

“A Prayer for Going Forward,” Jamie W. Johnson

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

Hymn

1054 Let This Be A House of Peace

Announcements

Marian Siemens

Benediction

“Our connection to each other and this community remains,” Kathy A. Huff

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Transition Music

My Dear Old Friend, Patty Griffin

Gratitude

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

  • Leaders: Rev. Meghann Robern, Andrea James DLFD, Marian Siemens
  • Coordinator: Marian Siemens
  • Tech Team: Marjorie Doyle, Colleen Millikin, Lise Desrochers
  • Candles of Caring Host: Esmat Elhami
  • Songleader Videos: PJ Buchan, former Music Director, and the FUUW Choir; Paul Rodermond, accompanist; Josh Robern, editor