A Universalist Service

Prelude: “Prelude and Fugue in E Flat” by Bach (Carolyn Halsted, organist)

Words of Welcome (Rev. Sarah K. Pearson)

Call to Worship, by Rev. Theodore Parker (in unison):
“Be ours a religion which, like sunshine,
goes everywhere;
its temple, all space;
its shrine, the good heart;
its creed, all truth;
its ritual, works of love;
its profession of faith, divine living.”

Hymn #347 (in unison): “Gather the Spirit”

Lighting of the Chalice,  “Blessed is the Fire,” by Eric A Heller-Wagner (Rev. Sarah K. Person)

Unison Affirmation (in unison):
“Love is the spirit of this church, and service its law.
This is our great covenant;
To dwell together in peace,
To seek the truth in love, and to help one another.”

Storytime for All Ages (Sally Oxman)

Singing the Children Out: “We Will Keep a Place for You” by John Corrado (in unison):
“We will keep a place for your wherever you go.
We’ll sustain this home of faith and love you’ve come to know.
Go in peace, bring hope to hearts that yearn.
We will keep a place for your ’till you return.”

Reading: “The Customers: Anna” from “Soup Kitchen Stories” by Anonymous (Rev. Sarah Person)

Musical Offering: “Jubilate Deo” by Orlando di Lasso (Universalist Church Choir)

Call to Prayer: “Spirit of Life” by Carolyn McDade (in unison):
“Spirit of Life, come unto to me.
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;
move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close, wings set me free;
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.”

Silent Prayers

Prayer (Rev. Sarah K. Person)

Lord’s Prayer (in unison):
“Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
They kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and glory
Forever and ever, Amen.”

Offeratory: “God’s Gonna Set This World on Fire” by Moses Hogan (Universalist Church Choir)

Doxology (in unison):
“Praise God for love we all may share,
Praise God for beauty everywhere,
Praise God for hope of good to be,
Praise God for truth that makes us free.  Amen.”

Reading: “Are You Saved?” by Rev. Bruce Clary (Rev. Sarah Person)

Hymn #325: “Love Makes a Bridge”

Sermon: “The Long Arc of the Universe” by Rev. Sarah K. Person

Unison Benediction (in unison):
“Go out into the world in peace,
Have courage,
Hold on to what is good.
Return to no person evil for evil.
Strengthen the fainthearted,
Support the weak,
Help the suffering,
Honor all beings.”

Postlude: “Riguadon” by Lully (Carolyn Halsted, organist)

Held at the Universalist Church of West Hartford
Greeters: Joyce Falkin and Brigit Heidorn
Ushers: Kent and Marion Smith, Deacon
Policy Board Member: Kent Smith
Altar flowers: Deborah, Brian, Lauren and Zack Cohen in memory of Ruth and Otis Greeson and Lorraine Townsend


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