“First, Be”

*Introit – recorded music by Ellen Powers
*Welcome
*Call to Worship
*Time of Greeting
*Chalice Lighting

Our Unitarian Universalist churches are dedicated to the proposition that beyond all our differences, and beneath all our diversity, there is a unity which makes us one, and which binds us together. We light this chalice in witness to this unity.

*Affirmation of Faith

Love is the spirit of this church,
And service its law.
This is our great covenant:
To dwell together in peace,
To seek truth in love,
And to help one another.

*Opening Song: I’m On My Way (traditional)

I’m on my way
To the freedom land
I’m on my way
To the freedom land
I’m on my way
To the freedom land
I’m on my way
Great god, I’m on my way

I asked my sister
Come and go with me…

I asked my brother
Come and go with me…

If they say no
I’ll go anyhow…

I’m on my way
And I won’t turn back…

*Message for All Ages

*Interlude: Allegro (Sonata in C Major) – recorded music by Director of Music Robert Littlefield

*Pastoral Prayer

*Spirit of Life (Carolyn McDade) – recorded music by Ellen Powers

Spirit of Life
Come unto 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

*Moment of Silence

*Sermon: First, Be

*Offering – https://firstparishbeverly.org/support/

*Closing Song: Find a Stillness (Carl Seaburg, based on a Unitarian Transylvanian text and tune)

Find a stillness,
hold a stillness,
let the stillness carry me.
Find the silence,
hold the silence,
let the silence carry me.
In the spirit,
by the spirit,
with the spirit giving power,
I will find true harmony.

Seek the essence,
hold the essence,
let the essence carry me.
Let me flower,
help me flower,
watch me flower, carry me.
In the spirit,
by the spirit,
with the spirit giving power,
I will find true harmony.

*Extinguishing the Chalice

We extinguish this flame but not the light of truth,
The warmth of community, or the fire of commitment.
These we carry in our hearts until we are together again. –Elizabeth Selle Jones

*Announcements

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*Benediction

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