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Sunday Program – April 18, 2021

“Mt.  Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

Sunday, April 18, 2021

“Caring, Community, Commitment”

Sunday Program - Welcome!

 

GATHERING MUSIC

House Band

PRELUDE  

Johanna McShane (violin) & Brett Carson (harpsichord)

WELCOME

Rev. Leslie Takahashi

Linda Russell, Board Representatives

LIGHTING OF THE CHALICE

Miranda Lennox

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

OPENING SONG   

“Gaudeamus hodie” (Rejoice in this day)

(Words: Traditional latin; Music: Natalie Sleeth) 

TIME FOR ALL AGES

Indigo Lewis

SINGING THE CHILDREN TO THEIR CLASSES

Marena McGregor

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

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

JOYS AND SORROWS

Rev. Leslie Takahashi

MEDITATION SONG 

“On the Brink” from Voices from the Margins

(Words: Leslie Takahashi; Music: Joel Mandelbaum)

TIME OF MEDITATION AND PRAYER

Rev. Leslie Takahashi

MUSICAL OFFERING  

 “The Gathering of Spirits” (Carrie Newcomer)

House Band

CALL FOR THE OFFERING

Chris Carter, Board Member

OFFERTORY   

“Vårvise” (“Springsong”) (Sissel Kyrkjebø/Sebastian)

Brett Carson, keyboard

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  

“A Lesson in Community”

Rev. Leslie Takahashi

COMMUNITY CALL  

Ron Ahnen, Board Member

CLOSING SONG   

“Draw the Circle Wide” (Words: Gordon Light; Music: Mark A. Miller)

BENEDICTION AND EXTINGUISHING THE CHALICE

Rev. Leslie Takahashi

POSTLUDE   

"Cantaloupe Island" (Herbie Hancock)

House Band

NEXT SUNDAY: An Abundance of Divinity. 

Many among us came into Unitarian Universalism to get rid of outdated concepts of “God” or the Divine” which were oppressive or too anti-intellectual.  And yet, in this uncertain world in which we live, many are finding that they need to understand more about what they DO believe, not just what they do not. What alternative ideas are there to the old unhelpful models or ungrounded and “fluffy” new interpretations often professed by a single individual and not passed through the fire of thought?  Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi for this exploration of what it means to grapple with concepts that aren’t patriarchal or ungrounded and fluffy.

 

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 on-line 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

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