GREETINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
*Welcome!! Since another blizzard has forced the cancellation of our service on Sunday, February 15, 2015, we are happy to present this virtual online service. Please follow along below, reading the words, clicking on the links to many elements of the service, and interacting online where invited. (Please note: Wherever possible, videos do not include commercials, but some will have a short commercial in order to support the copyright holder of the material.)
PRELUDE “In the Bleak Mid-winter”
Gustav Holst; words: Christina Rossetti
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.
*A beautiful song and intended to sing the first verse only “with a wink” at our ongoing weather . . . .
OPENING WORDS By Rev. Angela Herrera
Don’t leave your broken heart at the door:
Bring it to the altar of life.
Don’t leave your anger behind
It has high standards and the world needs vision.
Bring them with you, and your joy and your passion.
Bring your loving and your courage and your conviction.
Let us fill this sanctuary with love
And then harness its power to stop oppression.
Let us join together in worship
and together let us stand on the side of love.
CHALICE LIGHTING *If available, light a candle and recite the covenant of our congregation:
In the search for truth in freedom and in the spirit of love,
we unite for worship, community, and service.
HYMN #128 “For All That is Our Life”
(Slides of lyrics available here)
TIME FOR ALL AGES “The Mish-Mash Heart:“ A Story and Activities
And . . . “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats
An Interactive Storybook
MUSIC “Love is Here to Stay“
George and Ira Gershwin
Or . . . Ella Fitzgerald Version
TIME OF PRAYER AND MEDITATION
Or . . . Bernice Johnson Reagan version
Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Stephanie May
As we sit apart in body, but together in spirit
on this snowy morning,
may we be reminded of all the reasons
we remain connected to our religious community.
Although our reasons may differ,
and our beliefs may vary,
we also promise to one another to be a community
that seeks the truth in freedom and in a spirit of love.
May we hold fast to this vision, this faith
that love can reach across differences
and that Love is a powerful name for all that is holy
that binds us each to the other.
May we be able to foster this spirit of love
in our lives in big ways and small…
when we are tired and the kids are not;
when we are anxious and would rather retreat
than reach out to another.
May we be a community and a congregation
that stands up for those who are not free to be with those
that they love or to express the love that they feel.
May we be a community and a congregation
who shows our love for our neighbors
by acts of kindness and generosity
as well as by speaking out for justice.
May we hold fast to the message of universal love
that our religious tradition has entrusted to us…
speaking out our faith that all of life is beloved
that all of us are loved.
May we have to courage to embrace this message of love
allowing our own hearts to be transformed
so that we may bring more love and more justice
to a world in such need of both.
May it be so. Amen.
Moment of Silence *Please hold a moment of silence. When you feel ready to move on,
take a deep breath and hold the silence for a moment longer.
Sharing of our Joys and Sorrows
You are encouraged to share your joys and sorrows in several ways:
-Post to uuwayland social what is on your heart and mind today
-Contact the lay minister of the month, Michael Genovese by email at meng1131 AT gmail.com
-Contact Rev. Stephanie at (617) 519-5504 or firstname.lastname@example.org
COLLECTION OF OFFERINGS “Standing on the Side of Love“
*If interested, learn more about the “Standing on the Side of Love” Campaign
SERMON “Transforming Love”
Rev. Dr. Stephanie May
Video of the sermon: The Rev. Dr. Stephanie May
CLOSING MUSIC Selected Recordings
BENEDICTION by the Rev. Dr. Stephanie May
Sustained by our connections
to one another and to all that is holy,
let us be people of love who seek to bring
more light and life, love and justice
into our shared world.
CHORAL RESPONSE “Love One Another”
“VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR”
*Let’s talk online: Share your favorite “love song” on uuwaylandsocial or other thoughts about the service, your snowy day,
or how we might be “love people” in our community.
*To see a copy of the letter referenced in the sermon, please see AntiViolenceLetter.
Parenting in a Liberal Faith: An Online Experiment: RSVP by February 19th. Are you interested in talking to your kids about your faith or curious about how your faith can help you make parenting decisions? Join our new parenting forum, a hybrid in-person/online group facilitated by Lisa Maria Steinberg, built on the model of Small Group Ministry. We’ll meet in person on February 24, from 7:30-8:30 pm, and again by Google video chat on March 10, 17 and 24 from 8:00 – 8:45 pm. Contact Lisa Maria to sign up or if you have any questions.
Minister’s Lunch: February 19, 11:30 am, Sunroom The Minister’s Lunch, a longstanding tradition at First Parish, is an opportunity for us to share a meal, life stories, and good company. Please join us! For more information or to RSVP, contact Kate Holland at email@example.com.
February Lay Minister is Michael Genovese who can be contacted by email at meng1131 AT gmail.com.
THIS WEEK’S CALENDAR
10:00 AM: Online Worship – Stephanie May
9:00 AM: Archives Meeting – Sunroom
7:30 PM: Choir Rehearsal – Choir Loft
7:30 PM: Community Life Committee – Offsite
11:30 AM: Minister’s Lunch – Sunroom
9:45 AM Bell Choir – Vestry
THE WEEK AFTER
10:00 AM: Worship – Stephanie May
10:15 AM: COA –Youth Room
11:20 AM: Children’s Choir – Sanctuary
11:30 AM: Social Action Council – Sunroom
4:00 PM: HS Youth Group – Youth Room