Welcome to our Online Worship Service


*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 . . . .

  (Annie Lenox version)


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



     Hymn #95                                                There is More Love Somewhere”                

                                                                              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 smay@uuwayland.org


READING                                                     excerpt from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

   Video of the reading: The Rev. Dr. Stephanie May


COLLECTION OF OFFERINGS                         Standing on the Side of Love
                                                                                                     Jason Shelton

                                                 *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                 

  All You Need is Love” – The Beatles

“L-O-V-E” – Nat King Cole


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”
                                                                                            Jason Shelton


POSTLUDE                                                       “Where is the Love?” – Black Eyed Peas


“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 kholland@uuwayland.org.

February Lay Minister is Michael Genovese who can be contacted by email at meng1131 AT gmail.com.



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


Unitarian Deadline


9:45 AM Bell Choir – Vestry



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