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Sunday Program – June 13, 2021

Mt.  Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Love and Learning

Sunday Program - Welcome!

GATHERING MUSIC
Brett Carson, piano

GATHERING SONG
#346, “Come, Sing a Song with Me” (Carolyn McDade)

Sing-songwriter and feminist activist Carolyn McDade composed this song for a women’s singing group she has been part of for many years.

PRELUDE
Prelude in C Major, Op. 28, No. 1 (Frédéric Chopin) Brett Carson, piano

WELCOME
Rev. Leslie Takahashi

Chris Carter, Board Representative

INVOCATION
Since what we choose is what we are, and what we love we yet shall be,

the goal may ever shine afar, the will to win it makes us free.

William De Witt Hyde (1858-1917)

Music: Thomas Tallis, c. 1560

LIGHTING OF THE CHALICE
Michelle Paquette

Each week we light a chalice, which has become a symbol for Unitarian Universalists and our engagement in the world.

TIME FOR ALL AGES
“Yes! And…..   “
Indigo Lewis & Marena McGregor

SINGING THE CHILDREN TO THEIR CLASSES
Marena McGregor

May your mind be open to new learning, may your lips bring truth into the world

May your heart know love and your hands do the work of justice,

As you go your way in peace.

AFFIRMATION OF COMMUNITY
Miranda Lennox

CALL TO WORSHIP
Rev. Rodney Lemery

HYMN
#1008, “When Our Heart Is in A Holy Place” (Joyce Poley)

This hymn was composed by Joyce Poley, a longtime leader among Unitarian Universalist musicians.

JOYS AND SORROWS
Rev. Rodney Lemery

MEDITATION HYMN
#1031, “May I be Filled with Loving Kindness”  

This setting of the Metta Sutra, a foundational meditation attributed to the Buddha, was adapted by Mark Hayes and set to music by Ian Riddell in 2001.

TIME OF MEDITATION AND PRAYER
Rev. Leslie Takahashi

MUSICAL OFFERING
“Be Lifted” (Nick Page)
Virtual Chalice Choir

CALL FOR THE OFFERING
Davina Smith, Board Member

OFFERTORY
"Bethena" (Scott Joplin) Brett Carson, piano

Each week during the Offertory we light two pillar candles to acknowledge that we are living in a nation at war. The candles represent our wishes for all whose lives are endangered by the conflict, and our hopes for peace. While the offering is received you are invited to come forward and select a stone to place in the column of water representing our community life, sharing it as a sign of remembrance and hope. Feel free to watch and hold your intention as your stone settles into the water’s embrace.

DEDICATION OF THE OFFERING 

“To the work of this community, in transforming ourselves and our world, we dedicate ourselves and our offerings.”

SERMON
“Willingness From Within”
Miranda Lennox

CLOSING HYMN
#34, “Though I May Speak With Bravest Fire”

The words to this hymn were written by Hal Hopson, an organist, composer and choir director in Nashville, TN.  The text comes from 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION
Rev. Leslie Takahashi

BENEDICTION AND EXTINGUISHING THE CHALICE                

“A Gaelic Blessing” (John Rutter)
Virtual Chalice Choir

POSTLUDE
"It's a Raggy Waltz" (Dave Brubeck)
Brett Carson, piano

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NEXT SUNDAY:
Hybrid On Campus and Livestream Service -
Detoxing the Spirit.
A recent issue of the Lion’s Roar, a Buddhist-centered magazine had an article about how these times we have been through require use to detox our mind and our spirit. Please join Rev. Leslie Takahashi to consider this topic. 

Please join us for our virtual coffee hour at after the service at: https://zoom.us/j/811493869 or dial in 669 900 9128 then enter Meeting ID: 811 493 869 #

Please click here to Please join us for our virtual coffee hour at after the service at: https://zoom.us/j/811493869 or dial in 669 900 9128 then enter Meeting ID: 811 493 869 #

Thanks to our AV Tech staff, Colin Ketcham (who ran the presentation, video, and audio clips), Liam Takahashi (video creation and editing) Troy Yochelson (Sanctuary cameras), and Mark Tuning (music recording, presentation creation, video, and audio editing)

Please remember that we are trying to keep staff safe by using virtual giving.  If you can, please consider using online donations or text to give:

To Give or Pledge go to: https://www.mduuc.org/give/

Questions? Contact jenm@mduuc.org for technical questions or mariearce@mduuc.org for financial questions. 

 

2020-21 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Steve Hirsch, President

Linda Russell, Vice President

Ron Ahnen, Secretary

Chris Carter, Treasurer

Sharon Solstice, Board Member

Doug Tamo, Board Member

Jaynese Davis, Board Member

Neysa Matt, Board Member

Davina Smith, Board Member

Andrew Oswald, Board Member

board@mduuc.org

MINISTERS AND STAFF

Rev. Leslie Takahashi,
Lead Minister
leslie@mduuc.net

Rev. Dr. David Sammons,
Minister Emeritus

Rev. Rodney Lemery,
Community Minister
rodney@mduuc.org

Rev. Jim Lewis,
Consulting Minister
jimlewis@mduuc.org

Miranda Lennox,
Intern Minister
intern@mduuc.org

Rev. Ranwa Hammamy
CommunityMinister 

Rev. Meg Richardson,
Community Minister 

Indigo Lewis,
Director of Religious Education
indigo@mduuc.org

Marena McGregor,
Assistant DLRE
marena@mduuc.org

Marie Arce,
Church Administrator
mariearce@mduuc.org

Jen Marsh Prink,
Church Administrator
jenm@mduuc.org

Mark Tuning,
Music Director
musicdir@mduuc.org

Tristan Thielman,
Facilities Manager
facilitiesmgr@mduuc.org

Brett Carson,
Accompanist
brettcarson@mduuc.org

LIVING OUR VALUES

At Mt. Diablo UU Church we strive to bring to life our Unitarian Universalist values as we seek truth and work for justice and bridge the divisions that wound the human family. Please visit our “Living our Values” page to locate virtual and physical ways you can be a part in building a better world.  If you have suggestions for items on this page, please email them to livingourvalues@mduuc.org. 

Please consider taking 20-30 minutes of your day to review our Living our Values web page to participate in a number of cyberactivist activities that can collectively make a difference in our local and world communities. This week we have a number of Climate Justice and Racial Justice petitions and calls to action that could really use your help! 

LIVE YOUR VALUES HERE

Between Flag Day and July 4, Democracy Needs Us!

Flag Day was my grandfather’s birthday. Born as he was in the last years of the 1890s, he lived to 102 and to see a world of horse-and-buggy to an age of space exploration.  We too are experiencing an amazing pace of change. My grandfather also lived through the Depression—and now we will be able to say we lived through the Pandemic of 2020 and an insurrection in 2021. As glad as we are that our news has calmed down again, we know that the times we are living in are not without their conundrums.

One of the stories that slipped into our feeds this week was the one about how 100 scholars of democracy had signed a statement that spoke to their fears about threats to US democracy.  They suggest that we cannot afford not to watch the incursions on democracy which are more ongoing and not tied to a limited set of incidents. Democracy and its fragility was very much on my heart as I thought about our service on July 4th weekend. It seems to me that time spent thinking about our flawed and yet precious form of governance needs not to be reserved for holidays.

Just as some religious traditions entertain particular periods for contemplation such as Lent or Ramadan, perhaps we who care so deeply about democracy should spend some of the space between Flag Day and July 4th reflecting on what we are willing to do to preserve voting as a right of all.

You can read more about this statement here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2021/06/01/more-than-100-scholars-issue-warning-that-american-democracy-is-in-danger-call-for-federal-reforms/?sh=3ec0043026f7 and a link to the actual statement is here.

Sunday Program – June 6, 2021

Mt.  Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
Sunday, June 6, 2021
“On Community and Covenants”
Sunday Program - Welcome!

GATHERING MUSIC
Brett Carson, keyboard

GATHERING SONG
#1074, “Turn the World Around” (Harry Belafonte)

Harry Belafonte said he was inspired to write this song by an African storyteller in Guinea, teaching that we can see from the origins of the world that we are all the same, so if we truly know each other we can turn the world around.

PRELUDE
Prelude in C major, BWV 924 (Johann Sebastian Bach) Brett Carson, keyboard

WELCOME
Rev. Leslie Takahashi
Steven Hirsch, Board Representative

INVOCATION
We are here, here together, in this holy moment,
and we’re grateful for the winding road that brought us to this place.
---David Glasgow

LIGHTING OF THE CHALICE  
“We All Wear a Mask”
by Ana J

Each week we light a chalice, which has become a symbol for Unitarian Universalists and our engagement in the world.

TIME FOR ALL AGES
“Flags and Fixes”

Rev. Leslie Takahashi & Marena McGregor

SINGING THE CHILDREN TO THEIR CLASSES

As you leave this friendly place, love give light to every face.

May the kindness that you learn light your heart ‘til you return.

CALL TO WORSHIP
Julie Yip, Worship Associate

HYMN
#1017 - “Building a New Way”

This song was written by U.U. composer Martha Sanderfer for inclusion in “Singing the Journey.”

JOYS AND SORROWS
Rev. Leslie Takahashi

MEDITATION HYMN
#1012, “When I Am Frightened” 

This hymn was composed for the Centennial Celebration of First Unitarian Church of Dallas.  From the perspective of youth, it expresses the yearning for truth, respect, and engagement across generations.

TIME OF MEDITATION AND PRAYER
Miranda Lennox

CALL FOR THE OFFERING
Board Representative

OFFERTORY
Improvisation
Brett Carson, piano

Each week during the Offertory we light two pillar candles to acknowledge that we are living in a nation at war. The candles represent our wishes for all whose lives are endangered by the conflict, and our hopes for peace. While the offering is received you are invited to come forward and select a stone to place in the column of water representing our community life, sharing it as a sign of remembrance and hope. Feel free to watch and hold your intention as your stone settles into the water’s embrace.

DEDICATION OF THE OFFERING
Board Representative

“To the work of this community, in transforming ourselves and our world, we dedicate ourselves and our offerings.”

MUSICAL OFFERING
“Put a Little Love in Your Heart” (Jackie DeShannon, Randy Myers & Jimmy Holiday)
MDUUC House Band

SERMON
“On Community and Covenant?”

Rev. Rodney Lemery

CLOSING SONG
“This Boat” (Laura Zucker)

A member of MDUUC, Laura Zucker is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and music educator from Lafayette, CA. “This Boat” appears on Laura’s latest recording, Say Yes, available at LauraZuckerMusic.com.

BENEDICTION AND EXTINGUISHING THE CHALICE
Rev. Rodney Lemery

POSTLUDE
"James" (Pat Metheny) House Band

NEXT SUNDAY:
Livestream Service
To Learn and To Love. Join Miranda Lennox for their last Sunday as our intern minister, as they reflect on lessons from their time at MDUUC. Our coffee hour after this service will be an opportunity to say good bye to Miranda.

Please join us for our virtual coffee hour at after the service at: https://zoom.us/j/811493869 or dial in 669 900 9128 then enter Meeting ID: 811 493 869 #

Please click here to Please join us for our virtual coffee hour at after the service at: https://zoom.us/j/811493869 or dial in 669 900 9128 then enter Meeting ID: 811 493 869 #

Thanks to our AV Tech staff, Colin Ketcham (who ran the presentation, video, and audio clips), Liam Takahashi (video creation and editing) Troy Yochelson (Sanctuary cameras), and Mark Tuning (music recording, presentation creation, video, and audio editing)

Please remember that we are trying to keep staff safe by using virtual giving.  If you can, please consider using online donations or text to give:

To Give or Pledge go to: https://www.mduuc.org/give/

Questions? Contact jenm@mduuc.org for technical questions or mariearce@mduuc.org for financial questions. 

 

2020-21 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Steve Hirsch, President

Linda Russell, Vice President

Ron Ahnen, Secretary

Chris Carter, Treasurer

Sharon Solstice, Board Member

Doug Tamo, Board Member

Jaynese Davis, Board Member

Neysa Matt, Board Member

Davina Smith, Board Member

Andrew Oswald, Board Member

board@mduuc.org

MINISTERS AND STAFF

Rev. Leslie Takahashi,
Lead Minister
leslie@mduuc.net

Rev. Dr. David Sammons,
Minister Emeritus

Rev. Rodney Lemery,
Community Minister
rodney@mduuc.org

Rev. Jim Lewis,
Consulting Minister
jimlewis@mduuc.org

Miranda Lennox,
Intern Minister
intern@mduuc.org

Rev. Ranwa Hammamy
CommunityMinister 

Rev. Meg Richardson,
Community Minister 

Indigo Lewis,
Director of Religious Education
indigo@mduuc.org

Marena McGregor,
Assistant DLRE
marena@mduuc.org

Marie Arce,
Church Administrator
mariearce@mduuc.org

Jen Marsh Prink,
Church Administrator
jenm@mduuc.org

Mark Tuning,
Music Director
musicdir@mduuc.org

Tristan Thielman,
Facilities Manager
facilitiesmgr@mduuc.org

Brett Carson,
Accompanist
brettcarson@mduuc.org

LIVING OUR VALUES

At Mt. Diablo UU Church we strive to bring to life our Unitarian Universalist values as we seek truth and work for justice and bridge the divisions that wound the human family. Please visit our “Living our Values” page to locate virtual and physical ways you can be a part in building a better world.  If you have suggestions for items on this page, please email them to livingourvalues@mduuc.org. 

Please consider taking 20-30 minutes of your day to review our Living our Values web page to participate in a number of cyberactivist activities that can collectively make a difference in our local and world communities. This week we have a number of Climate Justice and Racial Justice petitions and calls to action that could really use your help! 

LIVE YOUR VALUES HERE

Sunday, June 27, 2021 – UUA General Assembly Service

Livestream Only – This Sunday service will feature the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis. First Universalist has been a model of shared ministry and what it means to put the work of dismantling white supremacy and building anti-racist, anti-oppressive practices at the center of their ministry. They have been on the front lines in support of the Movement for Black Lives in Minneapolis, bringing spiritual care and moral leadership in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by police and the important uprisings for justice that followed. Children and families are a vital part of their ministry, and they have been using creative approaches to engage all ages in worship during the pandemic. Their leadership exemplifies some of the best practices for the creativity, spiritual depth, and moral leadership that is possible when we embrace the work of shared ministry rooted in love and justice. Join us virtually for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. You will have two options for this service.

9:00 am you can join the national broadcast and participate in the national coffee hour on Zoom or you can join our MDUUC stream at our regular 10:15 time followed by an MDUUC virtual coffee hour.

Sunday, June 20, 2021 – Detoxing the Spirit

Hydrid On-Campus and Livestream – A recent issue of the Lion’s Roar, a Buddhist-centered magazine had an article about how these times we have been through require use to detox our mind and our spirit. Please join Rev. Leslie Takahashi to consider this topic.
Register HERE
Volunteer to help HERE

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