Beauty as Well as Bread

Join us for our annual Flower Ceremony service as we look at the simple joy of beauty that inspired the creation of the first Unitarian Flower Ceremony.

Service coordinator: Dylan Fijal

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Beauty as well as Bread

June 6, 2021

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:

Its loveliness increases; it will never

Pass into nothingness; but still will keep

A bower quiet for us, and a sleep

Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

~ John Keats

Centering Music

Spring (from The Four Seasons), by Vivaldi


Marian Siemens

Gathering Hymn

#196 Singer of Life

Chalice Lighting

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum

Opening Words

Rev. Leslie Takahashi


Love Is The Spirit, music by PJ Buchan

Story Wisdom

“The First Flower Ceremony”, story by Janeen K. Grohsmeyer (adapted); images & video by Liza Earle-Centers, DLSE

Candles of Caring

Marlene Schellenberg

Our Candle to Remember this month recognizes Norbert and Maria (Maya) Čapek. (To learn more about these Unitarian ancestors, see this month’s newsletter, page 5.)

Unison Words

Spirit of Life, help us to sense that beneath us is the strength we need to keep us grounded. Help us to feel that behind us is the protection we need to feel safe facing our fears. Help us to know that before us lies the beauty we seek to feel astounded. Help us become aware of the vastness of our sky and of our spirit, and help us to know that within our hearts lies the love we need to complete the circle of connection in our lives.

May we use all of our gifts to bring Love into this hurting world; this world which we so value, which we cherish.

Pastoral Hymn

#352 Find a Stillness


Marian Siemens

Share the Plate

Partner for June Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre


Garden Song, by Peter, Paul & Mary


“Beauty as well as bread”, by Emily DeTar Birt


#313 O What a Piece of Work Are We


“Beauty as well as bread”, by Rev. Lissa Anne Gundlach (adapted)


#305 De Colores


Marian Siemens


Words from the Navajo Nation

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame


Keep It Alight, CUC National Choir

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

  • Leader: Andrea James, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
  • Coordinator: Marian Siemens, Sunday Services Team
  • Tech Hosts: Ashlyn Noble & Marjorie Doyle, Tech Team
  • Chat Moderator: Ashlyn Noble, Tech Team
  • Candles of Caring Host: Marlene Schellenberg, Pastoral Care Team
  • Songleader Videos: PJ Buchan, Music Director, and the FUUW Choir; Paul Rodermond, accompanist; Josh Robern, editor

To contact the Sunday Services Team please email