How do we sing when our hearts ache, when madness seems to reign?
How do we sing in the face of tragedy and horrific violence?
How do we sing when young children are slaughtered?
How do we sing when a human being gets so lost?
How do we sing when things are incomprehensible, when we are so confused and sad and angry?
Sing and let tears fall.
Sing for all the loss.
Sing and mourn.
Sing for the families.
Sing for the school and the community.
Sing for love to be stronger than death.
Sing for the pain and the preciousness of life.
Sing for the weary world, for its woes and suffering.
Sing to hear the angels sing peace and good will.
Sing for comfort.
Sing for courage.
Sing and strengthen your voice to demand gun control and regulation.
Sing for every child,
for every parent,
for every teacher.
Sing for families.
Sing for survivors.
Sing to quiet fears.
Sing to restore the soul.
Sing, for music heals.
Sing for sweet moments, small kindnesses, abiding love.
Sing for life.
Sing for all that makes our days good.
Sing to rekindle light and hope.
Sing for the reassuring touch of hands.
Sing for loving memories of grandparents and parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Sing for rivers of love that can’t be held in place but are flowing together,
making you feel endless, connection; you to all, you to everything.
Sing. Music brings us together.
Sing to encourage one another’s strengths.
Sing to see each person for who she or he truly is and can be.
Sing to inspire all of us to be our best, our most compassionate, our most loving.
Sing to care for one another.
Sing to make loving community.
Sing for life’s spirit alive in you.
Sing at life’s passages. At bedsides, sing lullabies, sing blessings.
Sing and tell your children, grandchildren, family, you love them.
Sing love of one another.
Sing for each life.
Sing for the whole human family.
Sing for creation.
Sing for the wonderful and even the difficult challenges in relationships,
the constant, continual opportunities to keep growing.
Sing in Sunday Services.
Where else do you join your voice with others in song?
Sing for risking and reaching out to make connection.
No telling what might happen if you walk across this room
to meet someone new to you, to introduce yourself.
Sing heedless of the wind and weather.
Sing prayers. Sing praise. Sing gratitude.
Sing humor and truth.
Sing we joyous all together.
Sing for joy, laughter and playfulness.
Sing Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly.
Sing We Three Kings of Porridge and Tar.
Sometimes even when we don’t get the lyrics, our spirits sing.
Oh, What fun it is to ride with one horse, soap and hay.
And with the jelly toast proclaim
Olive, the other reindeer… You’ll go down in Listerine.
Sing to keep joy in the world.
Sing to lift your spirits.
Sing, Sing, Sing!
Sing for goodness’ sake.
Sing and bring our gifts in service to the world.
Sing for our power to partner with others in the larger community as a mighty force for justice and action.
Sing for making loving community and living that love in the world.
[music begins, a medley of beloved hymns]
Sing for the power of music to touch the soul.
Sing for wholeness and holiness.
Sing. Music comforts fears and loneliness and loss.
Sing, for with music, it gets better.
Music reminds us of what we hold dear.
Music soothes our weariness, our troubles.
Music takes us where words cannot.
[Music continues without any words]
Sing for peace on earth, good will to all. [Music continues.] Amen.
Worship at UUCB
Thursday Nights in October
Come early to socialize at sunset, gather in gratitude before enjoying a scrumptious meal with friends old and new, and then share a time of worship together after supper. Click here for more information about Thursday Suppers.
Vespers and Programs in the Fireside Room
October 2 - Family Night
7:00 p.m. Vespers: “In Fear of Living” - Suraj Samtani with Rev. Greg Ward
7:00 p.m. Vespers: “Resurrecting Love” (The End - Redel; Dancers - Dennis; What the Heart Cannot Forget - Sutphen) led by Rev. Greg Ward.
7:00 p.m. Vespers led by Bryan Baker
7:30 p.m. Meeting of the Board of Trustees.
7:00 p.m. Vespers: “Bless Their Hearts,” led by Rev. Greg Ward
7:00 p.m. Vespers: “A Covenant with Life - A Deep and Miraculous Composure,” led by Rev. Greg Ward
Sundays in October
October 5 - The Circle that Draws Us In - Acceptance and inclusion are very powerful religious principles. UUs take these very seriously. So how do we treat those who have made mistakes? In these, the high holy days of the Jewish calendar, what can we turn to that will speak of forgiveness and inclusion? QUESTION: What does it mean to be in 'covenant' and why is it important to restore faith that was impacted by a broken promise rather than just 'go it alone' by ourselves? Rev. Greg preaching.
October 12 - When Angels Meet Giants - We are far greater than the sum of our parts. This understanding is found in most success. Not only are successful people gifted, but they see how their gifts fit together with what's around them so that, together, everyone is able to do more than one everyone could, cumulatively, do alone. That's what happens in a religious community. QUESTION: What is so important about team work and why is it important to see ourselves as part of a team rather than just being 'self-reliant'? Rev. Greg preaching.
October 19 - A Fire in the Soul, A Revolution of the Spirit - Spiritual traditions around the globe speak of the divine witnessing the suffering of the world and weeping. Through our empathy with others who are oppressed, marginalized, or erased, we can learn to see the world with clarity and find our own callings to spiritual leadership. How might we continuously kindle our own internal lights and find in religious community the potential of a sea of luminaries "lighting fires in the heavens" and "pouring water on hell?"
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae is a Muslim mystic, Sufi dervish of the Chishtī Order, and ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. He completed his intern ministry at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a clinical residency at the Cleveland Clinic's renowned Heart Center and Center for Integrative Medicine, and a Killam Fellowship at the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, Ohio. He served as the Beyond Sunday Minister at our sister congregation in San Francisco before returning to his alma mater--Starr King School for the Ministry--to direct admissions and recruitment of future religious leaders.
October 26 - That All-Elusive Search for God - Millions of people through the years have set out. Many more continue in that same search. Most of us can feel that yearning for connection... purpose... truth... a quest to be part of something larger than ourselves. What does that search mean for us? What does it mean for those all around us? And what does it mean for the connection between 'us' and 'them'? Rev. Greg, preaching.
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