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
Sundays in November
November’s Theme: “Calling”
Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, November 2. Set your clocks back 1 hour on Saturday!
November 2 - Lost in Translation - Have you ever been 'called' to something important but missed the 'call' because you didn't understand what was being asked? What was at stake? Being able to hear, understand and interpret what the world is asking of us is of critical importance if we are to figure out how to become integral and necessary to the future. QUESTION: How is careful listening and 'understanding' (rather than 'agreement') important in personal and spiritual growth rather than just 'getting our way.'
November 9 - Power vs. Force - All that happens in life is made possible by energy flow and distribution. This includes everything we do as human beings. But do we ever stop to notice the kind of energy we're bringing to each situation? Is it compelling energy or coercive energy? This is a service where we get to stop and take stock of the energy we're experiencing and the energy we're offering. QUESTION: What is the difference between 'Power' and 'Force' in terms of the energy we use to make changes and shape our life?
November 16 - The Rope - Family Systems talks about how people work together to do two things: maintain stability and establish connection. But sometimes, when an individual in the system - or the system itself - is called to something greater than stability, it can be hard. This service is about answering the call to important to ignore. QUESTION: In what ways have we gotten 'stuck' in our lives and how do we get 'unstuck' so that both we - and others - are able to grow?
November 23 - Music Sunday - You Are The Music! With Bryan Baker, Luminescence Choir and more!
November 30 - I Said ‘Yes’ to Life - Sometimes, life’s challenges feel so overwhelming that we may want to say “no” to the world; to close ourselves off, or shut our surroundings out. When our energy feels completely drained, where do we find the strength to answer our life’s deepest call?
A graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry, Abbey Tennis now serves as the school’s Interim Advancement Director. Before entering the ministry, she was a lay leader for fifteen years, serving as a youth on the UUA board of trustees, working in the UUA’s Youth Office, and as a member of the continental UU Ministerial Fellowship Committee. Abbey had the honor of keynoting at the 2008 UU Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) conference, and she recently interned at All Souls Church in Washington, D.C. Her previous career included climate change policy work and professional facilitation.
About Worship at UUCB
Worship is at the heart of our community. Worship refreshes us and we take a deep breath and rest from our daily lives. Worship refreshes when it comforts us in difficult times, when it celebrates with us our joys, and when it challenges us and names what has been avoided. Worship reminds us of who we are, what we can become, how we want to live, what we hope to give to the community and the world.
In our worship services, we laugh and cry and are reminded of what is deepest and dearest. Worship engages our minds and hearts and bodies with wisdom from the world’s religions, the words and deeds of prophetic and poetic women and men, experiences of life’s twists and turns and transcending mystery and wonder. Together we reverence living and dying, mark joy and pain and promise. We celebrate hope and liberation, recovery and possibility.
Worship strengthens us to live out our Unitarian Universalist principles in our families, neighborhoods, work lives, church, and world. Worship inspires us to create the Beloved Community and live lives of integrity, joy, and service.
Our Sunday Services, held from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to noon, are joyous gatherings of the community in our Sanctuary. Our Thursday Vesper services from 7:00 to 7:25 p.m. in the Fireside Room provide a mid-week opportunity for refreshing your spirit.
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